CDOT Employees’ Research Paper Is Award-Winner

Colorado Department of Transportation employees Jake Kononov and Bryan Allery, with Canadian researcher Craig Lyon, were honored by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies for their work in co-authoring a paper that identifies a potential connection between congestion and the physics of accident occurrence on urban freeways.

Their paper entitled “Relating Flow, Speed, and Density to Functional Form of Safety Performance Function” was judged best among 80 research papers submitted worldwide to the TRB’s committee on safety data analysis and evaluation. Their study showed that a rise in crash rates due to congestion may possibly be explained by “the fact that compression of flow without notable reduction in speed produces following distances so small that it becomes very difficult to compensate for driver error to avoid a crash.”

The Credit Union of Colorado wins three Diamond Awards

The Credit Union National Association recently presented Credit Union of Colorado with three Diamond Awards, the industry’s top award for marketing achievement. Credit Union of Colorado was recognized for 2011 programs in the categories of brand awareness, radio series and community public relations program for credit unions with $500,000 to $1 billion in assets.

The radio commercial series and the brand awareness efforts, both achieved in collaboration with Extra Strength Marketing Communications, “communicate the credit union’s ‘no ‘gotchas’ approach to credit card and checking fees.” The community public relations program, developed with the assistance of Sage Public Relations Group, was expanded in 2011 with additional community support for youth- and family-oriented community organizations and programs.

Community Health Partnership to Participate in ACO Summit

Carol Bruce-Fritz, executive director of Community Health Partnership, will be a presenter at the third National Accountable Care Organization Summit June 6-8 in Washington, D.C. This summit is the leading forum on accountable care organizations and related delivery system and payment reform, and is sponsored by the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institute and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

The summit will provide an opportunity to learn from leaders of on-going ACO efforts and identify strategies to overcome ACO implementation barriers.

City celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

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They are the ones who answer 9-1-1 calls and work with police and fire to get first responders to people’s doors. And this month, Colorado Springs’ Public Safety Communications Center took time to honor them.

Carole Grafe, emergency response technician, and Jessica Cales, public safety dispatcher, were named the city’s Telecommunicators of the Year. Grafe has been with the Public Safety Communications Center for eight years; Cales has worked there for seven years. Emergency Response Technicians are the ones initially answering 9-1-1 and the non-emergency line (444-7000), responsible for keeping the caller calm, collecting accurate information and giving lifesaving information. The Public Safety Dispatchers work directly with the CSPD and CSFD to manage appropriate response vehicles and staff for each situation.

Renee Henshaw, public safety dispatcher and training coordinator, received the Kathy Fiorilla Leadership Award. Henshaw has been with the Public Safety Communications Center for 14 years. Danny Miller, public safety dispatcher, received the Walter E. Mercer Morale Award. He has worked there for six years.

Sixteen employees were also honored as 2011 graduates of the training program and probationary period for emergency response technicians and public safety dispatchers.

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Amber Baillie
A Colorado native, Amber Baillie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. For over three years, she wrote for the Air Force Academy's official base newspaper and has written articles for Your Boulder and the Cheyenne and Woodmen Editions. For the Business Journal, she covers cyber, aerospace and defense, and nonprofit news.