Downtown excellence nominations

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

Agriculture grants available

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications from companies that research and develop new uses and markets for food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado.
Projects eligible for funding include feasibility studies and technical projects such as assessing the potential of establishing an agricultural value-added business project, and marketing and promotion projects such as first-time participation in trade shows, new product launches and promotions supporting the development of new sales channels.
About $100,000 is available, and the maximum award per project is $20,000.
A matching contribution of cash and in-kind resources equal to at least 50 percent of the total project budget is required. Applications may be submitted any time and there is no deadline to apply.
For more information, call (303) 239-4116 or visit

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.

M.S. Society gets $30,000

The Colorado Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society has received a $30,000 grant from the Post-News Season to Share to pay for its case management program.
The program has 12 care managers throughout Colorado who are available to assist people with M.S. to access the services and support needed to help achieve as much independence as possible.
For more information, visit

T. Rowe price top company

T. Rowe Price has been named 2007 Company of the Year by the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp.
The company launched its Colorado Springs operations during 1998, and currently has more than 700 local employees.

United Way campaign

Dick Eitel has been selected as chairman of the 2008-09 Pikes Peak United Way campaign.
He retired as CEO of Memorial Health System during April.
Joining him on the campaign council are Vic Andrews, Bill Berenz, Sallie Clark, Brooke Chesnut, Emily Edwards, Lorne Kramer, Regina Lewis, Timothy Mason, C.J. Moore, Steven Self, Christopher Witt, John Cruzat Jr. and Diane Price.
Money raised by the campaign will help more than 97,000 local residents who receive services provided by PPUW and its 42 partner agencies.

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Transit grants available

The Colorado Department of Transportation is accepting applications for replacement or expansion of rolling stock for transit programs available through the Federal Transit Administration.
CDOT has $2 million set aside to pay for buses, minibuses, vans and other similar vehicles as part of the Strategic Transit Program.
The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. May 30. Applications are available by contacting Adam Rolstad at

County needs volunteers

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on several of its boards. Applications are due by June 13.
Associate members who serve for one-year terms are needed for the Board of Adjustment, which hears and decides issues about physical variances related to the zoning code.
The Citizen Review Panel needs a representative to serve for a three-year term. The panel provides a forum for the discussion of consumer concerns regarding the Department of Human Services, reviews and audits quality issues and concerns with the department, and considers and addresses other issues brought before it by the department.
Applications are available at by clicking the Volunteer Boards link.