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Taking the Lead on Regional Broadband Effort

Taking the Lead on Regional Broadband Effort

REGIONAL—As an agency charged with promoting and facilitating economic development within our six-county region, Region 10 is currently taking the lead to develop a regional Broadband Improvement Plan for the benefit of our communities.

“With the approval of the Region 10 Board of Directors, we are pursuing a grant through the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to improve this essential component of economic success,” Region 10 Executive Director Michelle Haynes said. “We intend to use the funding to create a methodology for providing affordable and adequate broadband services throughout our territory.”

In today’s world, the ability to access and transport information over the Internet is essential to doing business, whether your company serves the local market or an international clientele, she noted.

“Both our local communities and our region have identified a lack of adequate broadband resources as the primary obstruction to economic and community growth,” Haynes said. “To address this longstanding issue, we have developed a Scope of Work through the grant process that details options, costs and funding opportunities on both a local and regional basis.”

The plan is to provide abundant, redundant and affordable Internet service to citizens, businesses and visitors within a six-county region, through an assessment of needs for infrastructure and services; a strategy that includes surveys, public meetings, and asset mapping; educational workshops to provide information regarding the regulations, economics, and technology needed to develop a realistic plan; identification of the public and private projects already underway to address these needs; identification of gaps in the network and development of a blueprint to fill these gaps; and by addressing the sustainability and maintenance of the network into the future.

The grant application cites a 2011 study noting that, “Recent studies have demonstrated that bandwidth to community anchor institutions in the Denver metropolitan area is significantly higher than in rural southwestern Colorado. In sum, bandwidth is less available and more costly in southwest Colorado than in Denver and more costly and less available in the US than in other advanced countries.”

“The required match for the requested DOLA funding is 25 percent,” Haynes said.  “Because we understand the need for this important service, Region 10’s counties and municipal members have agreed to provide the cash match funding that will be needed to proceed with the project.”

Take a Tax Break!

Take a Tax Break!

Region 10 Can Help You Take a Break—a Tax Break!

REGIONAL—Tired of paying higher and higher taxes? There may not be a cure for what ails you, but Region 10 can help ease the burden with some exciting savings strategies.

One rewarding way to save money on your taxes is to make a contribution to an approved Enterprise Zone Contribution Project. These projects are pre-approved by the state so that donors who qualify can obtain a Colorado state tax credit.

“When I started at Region 10, there were just four approved projects,” recalls Region 10 Enterprise Zone Administrator Rhona Keckler. “Today, there are 34 contribution projects receiving a total of $2.6 million in donations, and $600,000 in tax credits—that’s a lot of tax credits. And as the word has gotten out, more and more organizations are asking to become projects, because it really helps them generate donations.”

Keckler has worked hard over the years to educate financial professionals throughout Region 10’s six-county territory (Montrose, Delta, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison, Hinsdale), who in turn educate their clients about the benefits of donating to approved Enterprise Zone Contribution Projects and about Business Tax Credits for new and expanding businesses within the Enterprise Zone, which can claim state tax credits for investing in their own startup companies or expanding existing businesses, Keckler said.

“We want everyone to know about this,” Keckler said. “Every new business has cash flow issues, and this is when you are buying equipment and hiring employees. These tax credits get your business off to a good start and help it develop in a healthy way.”

Keckler also advises that there are changes to the law that take effect in 2014; the credit for each new, qualified employee hired for a new business is raised to $1,100 beginning tax year 2014; the credit for employer sponsored health insurance is being raised to $1,000 beginning in 2014, and the Enterprise Zone Investment Tax Credit limit will be raised to $750,000, beginning tax year 2014, though credits above the limit may be carried forward for fourteen years. The Economic Development Commission has the authority to waive the limit.

Those investing in a qualified job training program will able to claim a tax credit on 12 percent of their investment beginning in tax year 2014.

Credits carried forward from tax years prior to 2014 are exempt from the $750,000 limit.

View a complete list of qualifying projects

Seeking Regional Development Coordinator

Seeking Regional Development Coordinator

Region 10 L.E.A.P. Inc. is seeking applications from qualified applicants for the position of Regional Development Coordinator.  Examples of Duties include: grant application and administration, meeting/community facilitation, project development, regional planning, outreach and community coordination.  Qualifications: A degree in related field, and/or equivalent experience in rural economic, community and/or business development, and experience with federal and state programs associated with the above field.  Submit letter of interest and current resume to Region 10, 300 North Cascade, Suite 1, Montrose, CO 81401 or via email to mhaynes@region10.net.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION – DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

General Statement of Duties

An exempt position that is responsible for the coordination and implementation of community, economic and business development activities for member communities.

Supervision

The Development Coordinator position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Examples of Duties

  • Facilitation of community processes related to community, economic and/or business development, including convening of appropriate parties and/or resources.
  • Assistance to member communities and non-profit agencies in grant resources, application and administration, and assistance in Region 10 grant projects.
  • Coordination of community activities related to areas of community interest.
  • Project Development as may be identified by Region 10 and member communities.
  • Regional Planning in the areas of land use, transportation, economic development, growth and other subject areas as may be identified.
  • Assistance in administration of Enterprise Zone projects.

Statement of Experience & Education

  • Knowledge for socio-economic and demographic data and sources and the application of information.
  • Working and demonstrated knowledge of government.
  • Working and demonstrated knowledge of state and federal grant programs
  • Demonstrated experience in rural community, economic and/or business development.
  • Ability to take a vision and initiate an activity, product, or service.
  • Degree in a related field.

Travel Requirements

Position requires travel throughout the six-county service area and the state of Colorado, with potential for limited overnight trips.  Personal Vehicle required.

Region 10 Reflects Accomplishments, Looks Ahead to 2014

Region 10 Reflects Accomplishments, Looks Ahead to 2014

As we look ahead to a New Year and new opportunities, it seems fitting to reflect on the past 12 months and on our goals for the future. Over the past year, Region 10 has continued to break new ground by increasing the number and quality of the programs that benefit our member communities in Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties. Region 10’s accomplishments in 2013 include:

  • Adding the Small Business Resource Center (SBRC), an educational resource that provides needed and affordable classes to business owners and employees. Our classes have been well-attended and draw very positive reviews;
  • Expanding the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)  to include an office based at Region 10, thus expanding the availability of no-fee small business counseling and counseling on the small business impacts of the Affordable Healthcare Act;
  • Adding the Connect2Dot program, which matches local contractors with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) projects;
  • Providing loans to start and expand regional businesses;
  • Developing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy in cooperation with a six-county team;
  • Completing an up-to-date study of transit needs within the region;
  • Hosting the 2040 CDOT transportation and transit planning meetings;
  • Expanding our Community Living Services division, adding Options Counseling to the Area Agency on Aging and expanding the population we serve from those over age 60 to all adults in need of community living support;
  • Increasing the number of contribution projects in the Enterprise Zone, which in turn increases investment and creates tax savings for investors in our region.

In 2014, we plan to accomplish even more, building on our 2013 projects as we:

  • Continue to expand the services and offerings of both the SBRC and SBDC, and continue offering loans to new and expanding small businesses;
  • Build regional development support services based on the information incorporated in the 2014 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), to include project development and grant support services to our members as we implement the CEDS plan strategies with our regional partners in economic development;
  • Develop, with the Three Rivers Regional Coordinating Council, an implementation plan based on recommendations for improving regional transit;
  • Work with CDOT to complete the 2040 transit and transportation plans for the region;
  • Expand our Community Living Services with additional grant funding to support those under age 60 who need support services to continue living independently in the community rather than in an institution;
  • Continue the expansion of our Ombudsman program, which advocates for residents of long-term care facilities;
  • Continue to support and expand the number of Enterprise Zone projects.

Region 10 wishes you and yours a warm and safe Holiday season and a happy and prosperous 2014!

Region 10 Health Coverage Guides Help Business Owners Meet ACA Requirements

Region 10 Health Coverage Guides Help Business Owners Meet ACA Requirements

MONTROSE–As part of her education to become a certified Health Coverage Guide, SBDC Consultant Susan Bony received intensive training on the Federal Affordable Care Act and the Connect for Health Colorado program. The more she learned, however, the more Bony realized that much of the information circulating about the ACA and about Colorado’s insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, has been aimed at individuals and families rather than business owners.

“I could find very little information on the impacts to small business at first,” Bony said, adding that her training has since prepared her to share vital information about health care coverage with small business owners throughout the region.

“It is more important than everyone thinks,” she noted. “The Federal Government has deadlines—small business owners cannot ignore what is going on. They must act by December 15th for health insurance to become active for their employees on January 1st. If you are a business owner who employs between two and 50 full-time employees, you do not have to complete an application. However, it will be a nice benefit to their employees, in most cases will save the employee money, and the employer will get a tax credit.”

On Oct. 1, 2013 the new Federal guidelines took effect, and individuals and small businesses in Colorado were able to sign-up for health care through the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace. Health care insurance purchased through the Colorado marketplace by December 15th becomes effective starting Jan. 1, 2014.

The national media frenzy concerning the problems associated with the Affordable Care Act can be misleading to insurance clients in Colorado, Bony said, because the marketplace here is up and running.

“Colorado is one of the states that wanted to control its own health care marketplace,” she said, “and the online system here is working just fine.”

Now, local business owners have a resource tailored specifically to their needs. The Region 10 Small Business Resource Center and the Small Business Development Center at Region 10 are partnering with Connect for Health Colorado to educate small businesses about the new health care marketplace. Certified Health Coverage Guides are available at no charge to meet privately with small business owners regarding the ACA and the Connect for Health Colorado.

Call Region 10 at 970-249-2436 (extension 201) to schedule an appointment with a Certified Health Coverage Guide, and to learn more about what the Federal ACA guidelines mean for your business and your employees. Region 10 is located at 300 N. Cascade in Montrose.

Region 10 Enterprise Center— Serving Non-Profit and Emerging Business Since 2009

Region 10 Enterprise Center— Serving Non-Profit and Emerging Business Since 2009

Region 10 League for Economic Assistance & Planning

MONTROSE—Though the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance & Planning has been around since 1972, the non-profit organization completed renovations to the Region 10 Enterprise Center at 300 South Cascade Avenue in 2010. Completed at a cost of $500,000 without the use of public funding, the Enterprise Center continues to serve its original purpose of providing low-cost office space for non-profit and emerging businesses (which are allowed to remain for three years.)

“The Region 10 Enterprise Center is just one example of the many ways Region 10 facilitates economic development and leverages resources for stronger communities,” Region 10 Small Business Development Center Vince Fandel said. “Not only do we offer office space at “break-even” rates, the building has WIFI, and two conference rooms for use by our tenants as well as local non-profit and community groups.”

Past Region 10 SBRC course offerings have included seminars on branding, social media, accounting software and technology. On Oct. 29, Region 10 will host a seminar on Constant Contact, one of today’s most effective marketing tools.

In years past, the building that houses the Enterprise Center has served as a nursing home, and the location of Montrose County Health and Human Services. By transforming the facility into a community resource, Region 10 has contributed to the health and vitality of the surrounding neighborhood, and to the health of the regional business community.

Among the original 2009 tenants still located in Region 10’s Enterprise Center is the Western Regional Emergency Medical Services Council.

“We like being located in the Enterprise Center,” WREMSC Special Projects Coordinator Robyn Funk said. “The office is easy to find, and there is a synergy that comes from being located in a building with other community non-profits and small businesses. We feel fortunate to have a resource like this in our community, and to have such easy access to the resources and information available through Region 10.”

To reserve your space for the Oct. 29 Constant Contact seminar, call Claudette at 970-249-2436 ext. 11. Region 10 is currently offering classes on “Starting Your Own Business,” “Quickbooks”, “Creating a Business Plan” and more. All classes are supported with individual counseling sessions. To learn more about Region 10’s programs and services, call Vince Fandel at 970-249-2436 ext. 17.

COMMUNITY LIVING SERVICES AT REGION 10

COMMUNITY LIVING SERVICES AT REGION 10
She makes it look easy, but it’s not. Wearing a number of hats and capably managing several programs just happens to be second nature for Eva Veitch, a former Executive Director of All Points Transit and Director of Outreach for Volunteers of America. Today—in addition to volunteering as a Montrose Chamber of Commerce Redcoat and with Montrose Altrusa–Eva serves as Region 10’s Community Living Services Director, heading the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), for which she secures and directs federal, state and potentially private financial support to regional contractors who serve adults over 60 years of age. These contracts help fund a wide variety of services for senior citizens, including senior dining, meals on wheels, transportation services, dental services, homemaker services, legal services and many others.
Eva also oversees the ARCH, or Adult resources for Care and Help, and serves as Regional Ombudsman. She is assisted by Region 10 Community Living Services Options Counselor Amy Rowan. Among the services and programs offered through Region 10 Community Living Services are:
  • Information and referrals to programs that are designed to support and serve people over 60 and those with disabilities in their own communities;
  • Help with long-term service and support programs—we can even help you apply and follow up on your application;
  • Advocacy through our long-term-care ombudsman program, which provides support, training and oversight for people residing in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities;
  • Education and support for staff and families of long-term-care residents.We welcome and empower volunteers who join the team—so if you are passionate about human services, and want to make a positive difference for seniors and people with disabilities, please call Eva Veitch at Region 10 Community Living Services, 970-249-2436. We will help you put your hands and heart to work with meaningful programs and activities that improve lives.
A non-profit organization, the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning was formed in 1972 and serves six-counties (Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Ouray, Hinsdale and San Miguel), operates an Enterprise center (300 North Cascade) administers the Enterprise Zone Business and Contribution tax credit programs, oversees the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Community Living Services, coordinates Regional Transportation planning, and offers a loan program for small business. To learn more call 970-249-2436 or visit the web site at www.region10.net.

Region 10 Announces New Technical Assistance Program

Region 10 Announces New Technical Assistance Program

REGION 10 ANNOUNCES CREATION OF COMMUNITY-DRIVEN

  Small Business Resource Center

With 40 years of experience serving local communities with programs and services that make the most of available dollars by leveraging resources, Region 10 was a natural fit when it came to developing a new satellite office to serve the Montrose-Delta Community.  The Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) is a collaborative effort among numerous local partner organizations. The SBRC will bring Technical Assistance educational programs for the benefit of local business owners – providing classes on Starting A business, using QuickBooks, using Excel, developing a professional business plan and much more.   Region 10 comes with the knowledge, expertise and support needed to take a new business from idea through implementation.

“This has been such a positive community partnership. From local banks, to the Chamber to the City, the local support has been overwhelming” Region 10 SBRC Director Vince Fandel said. “Our community needs a professionally-developed, driven and conducted technical assistance educational program for the small business owners with qualified instructors and counselors who can help our small business community expand.”

Community Partners to date, in addition to Region 10, include: Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Colorado Mesa University; Dalby Wendland & Company; City of Montrose; US Bank; Montrose Bank; Colorado Workforce ; Wells Fargo Bank; and Timberline Bank.

In addition to offering support services and classes through the SBRC in both Montrose and Delta locations, Region 10 will become a satellite office of the Small Business Development Center in May, with SBDC counselor Susan Bony available to consult on an as-needed basis.

Contact Claudette Nicolas for class times and locations.
970-249-2436 – ext 11.