Business Briefs – 4/4/2008

County needs volunteers

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on several of its boards. The deadline for applications is April 18.
Vacancies exist on the Board of Adjustment, the Colorado State University Extension Advisory Committee, the El Paso County Fair & Events Complex Advisory Board, the Juvenile Community Review Board, the Employee Benefits Advisory Board, the Highway Advisory Commission, the Parks Advisory Board, the Park Fee Advisory Committee, the Placement Alternatives Commission of the Department of Human Services and the Planning Commission.
Applications are available at
For more information, call 520-6436.

G.E. Johnson nets award

G.E. Johnson Construction Co. has received the Philanthropy Award from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.
The company was recognized for its work on the renovation and expansion of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Oil, gas draft rules

Draft rules for oil and gas development in Colorado have been posted on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Web site,
The rules reflect input from five public meetings that were attended by more than 1,500 people, as well as the concerns expressed by 250 stakeholders during 150 hours of meetings during January and February.
The initial proposal was released during November.

Volunteer Day

The Volunteer Center will host the ninth annual Volunteer Day Recognition Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.
Nominations are being accepted in three categories: outstanding volunteers, outstanding volunteer managers and volunteers who have served more than 50 hours. The deadline for nominations is April 7.
For more information, visit or call 955-0764.

PPFC needs volunteers

Pikes Peak Family Connections Inc., an organization whose goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect, needs volunteers to work with at-risk children.
Volunteers are needed to work with children at KPC Kids’ Place, a free crisis and respite nursery.
Volunteers also are needed to assist with general office tasks and planning special events.
For more information, contact Christy Janssen at 520-1019, ext. 1016, or

CSPA Media Guide available

The Colorado Springs Press Association Media Guide is now available.
The guide provides listings of newspapers, radio and television stations, reporters and other outlet contacts for El Paso and Teller counties.
The cost is $35, and an electronic version of the guide will be sent after payment is received. Checks should be made payable to the Colorado Springs Press Association and mailed to P.O. Box 1951, Colorado Springs, CO 80901.

State Games registration

Online registration for amateur athletes is now open at for the inaugural State Games of the West, July 24-27, in Colorado Springs.
About 8,000 competitors of all ages and skill levels from 13 Western states are expected to participate in the event, which offers 31 sports.
The State Games of the West, which is being hosted by the Colorado Springs Sports Corp., is open to all State Games athletes from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
All participants are eligible by competing in their local State Games during 2008 regardless of their placement.
Wyoming athletes will be welcome even though the Cowboy State Games ceased operations after last summer.
Athletes will compete at 24 venues including the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado College, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Fort Carson.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for July 24 at the Colorado Springs World Arena.
The state’s annual Rocky Mountain State Games for Colorado athletes will be folded into the State Games of the West, as they were during 2005 and 2007 when the city hosted the national State Games of America.
A record 10,803 athletes from 47 states participated in the 2007 State Games of America in Colorado Springs, with an economic impact of some $11 million, and the event returns to the city in 2009.
It now ranks as the largest multi-sport event in Colorado history.

Downtown excellence

The Colorado Community Revitalization Association is accepting nominations for the 2008 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence.
Categories include best building improvement project, best new construction, best public space project, best marketing program, best promotional event, best downtown management program and downtowner of the year.
Projects must have been completed between Sept. 1, 2006, and June 20, 2008.
The deadline for nominations is July 11.
For more information, call (303) 282-0625 or e-mail