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Broadband Update: From Concept to Reality

Broadband Update:  From Concept to Reality

As construction wraps up in the cities of Delta and Montrose and as detailed engineering activities are completed in the Phase 2 communities in Gunnison, Delta and Ouray counties, the concept of a regional broadband network connecting community anchor institutions to a robust fiber optic broadband network is moving off the pages of concept and planning to physical deployment of infrastructure at a rapid pace. With the recent issuance and award of a Request for Proposal for network equipment core routing and access, electronics are being tested and installed at the Delta and Montrose Carrier Neutral Locations and anchor institutions in those communities.  Partner agreements continue to be negotiated and executed and excitement is building in the region as we get closer to lighting up the network.

DMEA and Region 10 recently executed their Indefeasible Rights of Use agreements, a key component in the delivery of middle mile broadband throughout the region. Conversations continue with other regional partners to acquire assets that deliver diversity and redundancy to the network.

Stay tuned for more….

Region 10 Offers Leadership Training to Area

Region 10 Offers Leadership Training to Area

Successful businesses know the importance of investing in high performing employees and moving them into leadership roles within the company, but few business owners actually know how to develop leaders.   Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center is hosting a three-day leadership training on Thursday and Friday, April 13th-14th and Friday, April 21st. The training will take place at Region 10’s office, located at 300 Cascade Avenue in Montrose.  The cost is $395.

Leader Effectiveness Training (L.E.T.) is for businesses looking to develop individuals and more engaged, high performing teams. Created by the Gordon Training International, this training will show managers how to increase personal and team productivity, spend less time on “people issues”, and dramatically increase team collaboration.  Companies cited on “Best Places to Work” lists like Fortune 100 companies and best places to work in Colorado use this training as a foundation for great employer/employee relations.

“This training is essential for managers,” said certified L.E.T. trainer and human resources consultant Dave Knutson, who has been facilitating L.E.T. trainings for 25 years.  “It builds strong working relationships and reduces employee turnover…  because people don’t leave companies, they leave bad managers,” he added.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Clearly identify problem ownership;
  • Apply active listening skills to create effective solutions;
  • Avoid communication roadblocks that interfere with problem solving;
  • Practice constructive confrontation that results in lasting behavior changes; and
  • Recognize approaches to conflict and apply true win-win approaches.

Knutson brings 30 years of leadership consulting, coaching, and training in the private, nonprofit, and local government sectors. Designated the Human Resources Professional of the Year by the Western Colorado Human Resources Association, he has also been awarded the Pinnacle Award, The Society of Human Resource Management’s highest level of recognition in the profession, and the national Workforce Readiness Award.

“While Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center provides consulting services and training opportunities for small businesses, it is our goal to expand services by providing second-stage and growth businesses with access to essential trainings that only larger, more established businesses have access to.  L.E.T. is one of those opportunities,” said Nancy Murphy, director of small business development.  “We’re thrilled to be able to offer training of this caliber at this price to area businesses.”

Normally priced at $1695, this training is available for only $395.  Limited space is available.  To register, go to  For more information about the workshop, contact Nancy Murphy 970-765-3130 or


What participants say about L.E.T. training…

“I have been through so many training courses and nothing was as comprehensive and practical as L.E.T. Bank employee

Cairo, Egypt


“For the first time in my life, I can honestly say that every minute of this course was worthwhile.  It went above and beyond my expectations.  The trainer fostered a supportive, fun and collaborative environment.  The materials and structure are perfect. This class is phenomenal!”                                                                                                         


W.L. Gore & Associates


“It was fantastic.  It challenged my perceptions of many leadership and communication philosophies and it [L.E.T.] won me over.”

Bill S.
Electrical Engineering Manager, Esterline Technologies


“I was very impressed when I initially went through the L.E.T. training. It was by far the best leadership communication training that I have been through in my 30 year career.”

Cyndi M.
Human Resources Specialist


Great training for anyone who supervises and provides valuable skill building opportunities. Best training I have been to in 12 years with the State of Maine.”

State of Maine, Department of Human Services

Community Living Services to issue request for proposals

Community Living Services to issue request for proposals

Contact:          Region 10 Area Agency on Aging

Eva Veitch/AAA Director

300 North Cascade, Suite 1

Montrose, CO  81401 (970) 765-3127


The Region10 Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is requesting proposals from public, private, and non-profit organizations to provide services and programs for older adult citizens (60+) in Region 10 (Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties) utilizing Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Older Americans Act funds and Older Coloradans Act funds. Funds are intended to promote services as follows:

  1. Secure and maintain maximum independence and dignity in a home environment for older persons who are able to care for themselves, if they receive appropriate supportive services;
  2. Remove individual and social barriers and create greater economic and social independence for older persons; and
  3. Provide a continuum of care for persons who are elderly and vulnerable.
  4. Services include the following: Congregate Meals, Home Delivered Meals, Nutrition Education, Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Homemaker Services, Information & Assistance/ADRC, Legal Assistance, Evidenced Based Health Promotion, Transportation Services and other Innovative Senior Services that demonstrate a coordination of services.

Applications will be available beginning 10:00 a.m. Fri., March 10th 2017 at and accepted until 5:00 pm, April 17, 2017. Applications must be submitted electronically.   To obtain technical assistance interested organizations should contact Region 10 Area Agency on Aging, 300 N. Cascade, Suite #1, Montrose, CO 81401, phone (970) 765-3127

2017 is the year of gratitude at Gunnison County Senior Resource Office

2017 is the year of gratitude at Gunnison County Senior Resource Office

The Gunnison County Senior Resource Office (SRO) announces 2017 as its “Year of Gratitude.” Each month, the SRO will award a local service or organization that improves the quality of life for seniors in Gunnison Valley.

Please join us in celebrating and thanking our 2017 Year of Gratitude recipients as they are announced throughout the year in the Senior Scoop and media outlets.

The January recipient is Gunnison Valley Health Senior Transportation, which has continually increased its services since its inception and continues to be a highly notable customer service for seniors in Gunnison and Crested Butte.

The Senior Resource Office is committed to keeping seniors safe through Adult Protective Services, and is also fully staffed to help determine what resources and services are available to seniors in the community.

We connect adults over 60+ and all adults with disabilities with information and service deliveries that empower them to age safely and independently during every stage of their aging transition.

Only through innovative and collaborative relationships with local services and organizations are we able to achieve our goals. If you have any questions regarding the Senior Resource Office of the Gunnison County Health & Human Services Department, please call us at 642-7300.

New Ridgway collaborative space seeks feedback from creatives

New Ridgway collaborative space seeks feedback from creatives

Are you a potter, a baker, an anything maker?  Have you heard about Space to Create Colorado? It’s a collaborative effort of multiple partners to provide a multi-function facility with affordable work/live space for creative sector workers around the state. Want to weigh in on your ideas for the perfect Space to Create in Ridgway? Take the survey today!

Click here to take the survey.

Delta shed builder gets boost from SBDC & BLF

Delta shed builder gets boost from SBDC & BLF

Ivan Burch’s business name says it all: Well-Built Sheds. He has been making high-quality and portable sheds and cabins in Delta for over five years. But he needed some help building his business.

Burch was eager to grow his business, and had a “verbal business plan,” but wasn’t exactly certain on next steps.

“I know where I wanted to go, but not necessarily how to get there—and [Region 10] helped me get there,” Burch adds. A friend of his introduced him to Region 10, the Small Business Development Center, and the Business Loan Fund.

“I had no idea these resources existed before,” Burch comments.

“Ivan initially came in to gather information about what to do to get started on purchasing an existing business,” says Dan Scinto, Business Loan Fund Director at Region 10. “Like most people who have not done this before he had a lot of questions to ask and even wondered if he was asking the right questions.”

Burch split his time between Scinto and John Angelo, SBDC Consultant. Scinto worked to find gap financing for Burch’s business plans, while Angelo helped by providing market research and business plan fine-tuning—all for free.

“Through multiple visits when we were able to define a path to take that made sense to Ivan and enabled us to arrange a financing package that would work for all concerned,” Scinto adds.

“Those guys have been instrumental in helping me in this process,” Burch referencing Angelo and Scinto. “I was highly impressed with what Region 10 had to offer.”

Ivan initially came in to gather information about what to do to get started on purchasing an existing business. Like most people who have not done this before he had a lot of questions to ask and even wondered if he was asking the right questions. Through multiple visits when we were able to define a path to take that made sense to Ivan and enabled us to arrange a financing package that would work for all concerned.

With the support of Region 10, Burch hopes to take his business to the next level.

Recognizing elder abuse: If it sounds too good to be true, it is

Recognizing elder abuse: If it sounds too good to be true, it is

Region 10 Community Living Services and our community partners have begun a campaign to raise awareness of elder abuse and exploitation. In the coming months you will learn the statistics of this very real and disturbing problem, you will hear the true and heartbreaking stories and you will be offered opportunities to become educated and involved in elder abuse prevention. You will learn how to protect yourselves and those you care about, you will understand what the warning signs of abuse are and how and when to report suspected abuse. We will give you the tools; will you help us with this important mission?



Fraudsters use a number of persuasion tactics to convince their targets to give them money. Here are three of the most common red flags we’ve seen from callers into the AARP Foundation ElderWatch hotline in Colorado:

Number 1: You’re contacted out of the blue with an offer for free money or fast cash. If you receive an unsolicited offer like this, there’s a good chance that you’ve been targeted by a scam artist. Most scams of this nature rely on your response to their initial promise of lottery winnings, fast-cash from an easy work-at-home job, guaranteed returns from a hot new investment or an inheritance you didn’t know about, so that they can gain access to your personal information and solicit money from you.

Number 2: You are pressured to act quickly. Scam artists are very good at pretending to have “limited time only” offers or “inside information” that is designed to get you to act quickly and make an irrational decision. Don’t fall for those tactics. If the offer is legitimate it will still be there tomorrow.

Our third red flag is a really simple one: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Scam artists have a knack for making people believe that they’ll be better off if they take the deal. But what really happens is that the scammers are the ones who are better off – they leave with your money and you’re left with nothing from the too-good-to-be-true promises that were made.

“Sometimes it takes only one voice. If you suspect elder abuse, neglect or exploitation…please use yours.”

If you would like to get involved in this campaign please call Eva Veitch 970-765-3127

Is your business leaving money on the table?

Is your business leaving money on the table?

If your business is helping drive local economic development by creating and/or retaining jobs in an Enterprise Zone, you may be eligible for Enterprise Zone tax credits.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself

Are you…

  • Making an investment in equipment or improvements?
  • Hiring employees?
  • Operating in an enhanced rural zone?
  • Adding value to agricultural commodities?
  • Sponsoring health insurance for your employees?
  • Planning to occupy a previously vacant building?
  • Providing job training?
  • Making private expenditures on R+D?
  • Purchasing manufacturing machinery, machine tools, and machine parts?
  • Considering local government tax incentives?

Are you located in…

  • Delta*, Hinsdale*, Montrose, and Ouray* counties: All incorporated and unincorporated areas.
  • Gunnison County: All incorporated and unincorporated areas, except in the Town of Crested Butte where only zoned commercial, business, tourist, or PUD are included.
  • San Miguel County: All incorporated and unincorporated areas, except in the town of Telluride.

*Delta, Hinsdale, and Ouray counties are Enhanced Rural Enterprise Zones and offer larger tax credits to businesses that apply.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re leaving money on the table!

Call today to find out how your business can benefit from Enterprise Zone tax credits

and learn how to save money on your Colorado income taxes.  Preregistration required.

Where are we with broadband now?

Where are we with broadband now?

The first quarter of 2017 has shown significant progress with the Region 10 Middle Mile Broadband project.  More than two years ago, recognizing the impact of the lack of adequate broadband services, Region 10 members requested and received funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to complete a broadband implementation plan. As a result, an innovative and cost-effective plan was developed to improve the broadband infrastructure within the Region. Since then the project has gained momentum and construction is underway in multiple communities in Delta and Montrose Counties.

The spring and summer of 2017 will see advances in engineering and construction in the Phase 2 communities that include Gunnison and Ouray counties and their member municipalities. We continue to fine tune the project plan in partnership with our members to meet changing environmental factors and member expectations. With the support of our partners Region 10 expects to complete regional construction by years’ end.

“Implementing projects of this size and complexity is a combination of art and science” says Chris Kennedy, Region 10 Broadband Project Director. “Developing relationships, identifying options and executing the vision are what make each and every day exciting and rewarding. The Region stands to benefit greatly with a needed addition to its economic development toolset” Kennedy added.

We look forward to sharing much more in the upcoming months as the vision takes physical shape and the region begins to experience positive results once the network is fully implemented. To keep track of progress, please visit

Nonprofits: Help your donors get more bang for their bucks

Nonprofits: Help your donors get more bang for their bucks

If your business is a nonprofit helping drive local economic development by creating and/or retaining jobs in an Enterprise Zone, your donors may be eligible for Enterprise Zone Contribution Tax Credits.

If so, your donors could receive a Colorado income tax credit for 25% of cash contributions, up to a maximum credit of $100,000, and/or 12.5% for in-kind contributions, such as labor, materials, desks, computer equipment, or stock. 

Eligible projects include:

  • Homeless Shelters offering or providing referrals to child care, job placement, and counseling services;
  • Business Assistance including management training and counseling, incubators, finance funds, and feasibility studies;
  • Job Training Projects directed at specific skill training in cooperation with business and industry;
  • Infrastructure Projects serving businesses, including water, sewer, transportation, telecommunications, streetscaping, business and industrial parks;
  • Marketing for business, economic and business development;
  • Rural Health Care Facilities that are identified in a rural Enterprise Zone’s development plan; and
  • Community Development Projects promoting nonprofit or government-funded community development projects.

Serving Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties

Getting started:

  1. Contact your local Enterprise Zone Administrator (EZA) by calling Region 10 at 970.249.2436 or emailing
  2. The EZA will provide the proposed project information on the state requirements and application process.
  3. An application form and proposal must be completed and submitted to the EZA.
  4. All projects must be approved by the State Enterprise Zone Commission in order to be able to receive contributions.
  5. Projects must be recertified each year in order to continue to receive contributions.
  6. The EZA will work with Project Coordinator to complete the donor certification form (DR0075).
  7. The donor must complete, sign, and attach the DR0075 form to his/her Colorado Income Tax in order to receive the tax credit.

Call today to find out how your donors can get more bang for their donation buck.

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