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Community Living Services launches Senior Companion Program

Community Living Services launches Senior Companion Program

Region 10 Community Living Services is launching a new volunteer program this summer: the Senior Companion Program. The Senior Companion Program, created by the Corporation for National and Community Service, is a volunteer-based project that aims to help seniors remain in their own homes and active in their communities. The program will also provide respite for families and caregivers. Region 10 is currently seeking reliable and enthusiastic volunteers.

Senior Companion Program volunteers will expect to dedicate anywhere from 5-15 hours a week spending time with clients and aiding them with everyday tasks, from providing a helping hand to lending an ear. Qualifying volunteers will receive a small hourly stipend for their service, as well as mileage reimbursement and meal reimbursement. To serve, volunteers must be at least 55 or older, pass standard background check requirements, and be physically capable of serving.

Volunteer duties include providing companionship, personal care, nutrition care, social and recreational activities, home management assistance, and information and advocacy to the clients they serve. The program hopes to implement a system of cooperation and cohesion within the community and bring together dedicated volunteers and seniors in need of assistance.

For more information about the Senior Companion Program, contact Madison at madison@region10.net or call (970) 765-3125.

 

Nancy Murphy brings business expertise to Region 10, SBDC

Nancy Murphy brings business expertise to Region 10, SBDC

Region 10 welcomes Nancy Murphy as their new Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). With over three decades of executive business experience (with a keen eye for marketing), Murphy will play a vital role in continued support of the small business community in Delta, Montrose, Ouray, Gunnison, Hinsdale, and San Miguel counties.

Trusted with the branding strategies of big names such as Volvo, BMW, and the Olympics, Murphy has quite the business pedigree. She also holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certification.

Murphy was always destined to be in Western Colorado. She simply took a roundabout way to getting here. Growing up in the heat of Texas, Murphy spent her summers vacationing in Western Colorado as a child, visiting her family who inhabited the North Fork Valley for over 100 years. Her career path took her from Fort Worth to Santa Fe, San Francisco, Chicago, Milan, New Jersey, Atlanta, and—then finally—Paonia.

“I’m hoping I’m not going anywhere else after this one,” she jokes. “I’m done with moving so much.”

Her decision to move to Paonia was serendipitous.

“I got tired of the corporate America life,” Murphy reminisces. She asked herself, in a perfect world, what would she like to do with her life? She looked down at her Chaco sandals, and proclaimed, “I love my Chacos! Maybe I can work for them.”

She visited the Chaco website, and discovered that the company had an opening for Director of Marketing. One email and a brief conversation later, Murphy was on her way to the new home that she would reside in for 13 years.

In 2006, Murphy moved on from Chaco (two years before they moved their operations out of town) to pursue her own consulting business. Maintaining her extensive network across the world, Murphy found very easy to transition into this new independent role.

As the number of her local clients she served grew, she noticed a definite need for her skillset in her community.

“What I see with businesses here is that they are constantly struggling,” Murphy adds. “And it doesn’t have to be that way.”

Shifting her focus in consulting to take on a more community development perspective, Murphy was recruited to provide her services with the Grand Junction Business Incubator. This is where Murphy first encountered the SBDC model. In addition to consulting through the Incubator, she also taught business classes at Colorado Mesa University and The Hive in Paonia.

She was introduced to Region 10 through her work with The Hive, and signed on to provide SBDC consulting to those in the Montrose area as well. When the Director position at Region 10 opened up recently, she was an obvious pick to move into the role.

“Region 10 is pleased to have Nancy join our team,” adds Executive Director Michelle Haynes. “Her expertise and vision for expansion of the small business program at Region 10 will provide a valuable resource for our local businesses and communities.”

Murphy’s vision for the local business community is simple. “I would like to streamline the way business is done on the Western Slope and elevate its success,” she states matter-of-factly. Based on her success and expertise, she hopes to “give people the tools and resources they need to meet their business goals.”

She cares deeply for her craft. “I love everything about business and the people who are involved,” she closes. “I want these people to realize their dreams.”

For more information about SBDC, Murphy can be contacted at nancy@region10.net and (970) 765-3130.

Region 10 welcomes Dan Scinto as BLF Director

Region 10 welcomes Dan Scinto as BLF Director

Region 10 welcomes Dan Scinto as their new Business Loan Fund Director. With a knack for commercial lending, Scinto brings over 25 years of banking experience to this newly redesigned post.

A Minnesota native, Scinto relocated to the Western Slope for its outdoor recreational opportunities. Scinto adds that as an avid hunter, fisher, and outdoors enthusiast, he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

Aside from his eagerness to recreate, Scinto also brings an eagerness to help the business community. “I get goosebumps talking about credit,” he adds. “I absolutely love it.”

“Region 10 is pleased to have Dan join our team,” comments Michelle Haynes, Executive Director of Region 10. “His prior experience and enthusiasm for serving our local businesses will enhance the services we are able to offer to businesses in our communities, providing capital for business expansion and new jobs, in addition to the educational and consulting services available through the Small Business Resource Center.”

Scinto hopes to bring a personalized touch to his new job. “I plan on regularly visiting the businesses who we make loans to, just to check in and see how they are doing,” Scinto comments.

In addition to personal visits, he envisions developing a post-loan education program that provides additional support and technical assistance to these businesses. “One of our biggest failures in this economy is the lack of support businesses receives after getting a loan,” he adds.

The Business Loan Fund (BLF) is a unique lending mechanism available for local businesses in the six-county region of Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Ouray, Hinsdale, and San Miguel Counties. Often referred to as a “lender of last resort,” the BLF offers “gap financing” for local businesses who are already working with private lenders, but still need more capital to achieve their business goals. The funds can also be leveraged by new or existing businesses who have a strong business model and plan, but may not qualify for a traditional bank loan. Typical loan amounts range from low amounts of $2,500 up to $250,000 for businesses providing new jobs in the community.  ​

Over the years, Region 10’s BLF has developed strong relationships with local banks, helping increase the output of loans into the community. Once allocating on average six loans a year, the BLF now doles out four times this volume annually, providing well-needed capital to economically struggling communities.

For businesses that have already received a loan from the BLF or those in the process of applying, they can expect to see Scinto in the near future.

To learn more about the lending program or to contact Scinto, interested parties can do so by calling (970) 765-3126 or emailing dan@region10.net.

Broadband Update (6/28/16)

Broadband Update (6/28/16)

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Final preparations and design efforts continue in order to begin network construction in the Cities of Delta and Montrose. Invitations to bid were issued last week (www.Rockymountainbidsystems.com) including: RFP Construction of Middle-Mile Fiber in The City of Delta and RFI for the Dark Fiber Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRU)/Dark Fiber Swap Agreement. Final modifications to the RFP for Outside Plant Construction in Montrose are underway with issue of invitation to bid expected next week.

Region 10 has placed its first order for fiber optic cable this week, ordering 40,000 ft. each of 144 and 48 count fiber cable. The first delivery is expected in 2-3 weeks, with the remainder arriving in alignment with construction needs. Additionally, vaults will be ordered for Phase One construction once the Montrose final design and Bill of Materials have been completed.

Region 10, NEO Connect and Actavo met June 17 with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) to discuss grant requirements prior to Region 10’s final construction planning. Talking points included timelines for documents review, approval and award, site certifications, insurance and compliance, and Davis Bacon and EEO requirements. Additionally, special award conditions regarding Fish & Wildlife, and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) were discussed.

Project Scheduling

Scheduling for Phase One Construction, which includes both the City of Delta and the City of Montrose, is dependent upon selection of fiber routing and the subsequent field surveys in Montrose. Final timeline and scheduling will also be determined by delivery dates for fiber and vaults. NEO Connect will announce a completed schedule prior to the start of construction activities. Region 10 – Project Update SUBMITTED BY NEO CONNECT JUNE 24, 2016

Engineering Final Design

Final design for Phase One construction in The City of Montrose is nearing completion, with most potential routing choices selected and surveyed for Make-Ready-Construction (MRC). The Bill of Materials will be completed once the final design of the network is established. Field

Survey and Permitting

Survey work for the City of Montrose is nearly complete with work crews focused on detailed pole and route survey. Final routing adjustments are being integrated as collaborative assets continue to be defined within the City of Montrose. Permitting for upcoming construction will be ongoing, with many, including those for all railroad crossings, already submitted for approval.

Request(s) for Proposal (RFP)

Construction & Request for Information (RFI) – Dark Fiber IRU/Fiber SWAP

The RFP for Middle-Mile Construction in The City of Delta was issued for bidding last week (www.rockymountainbidsystem.com/City-of-Montrose.asp?AgencyID=2331&PageType=open). Please see the following table for relevant dates.

Schedule of Events (subject to change) – All times are given in local Colorado time

  • Invitation to Bid, Release of RFP – 6/14/2016
  • Inquiry Deadline – 6/21/2016
  • Final Addendum Issued – 6/24/2016
  • Proposal Due Time and Date – 7/8/2016 at 4:00pm
  • General Contractor Selected, Contract Executed – Week of 7/11/2016
  • Mobilization and Construction Start- 7/25/2016 at 4:00pm

RFP Dates – City of Delta Middle-Mile Construction

The RFI – Dark Fiber IRU/Fiber Swap was completed last week and is currently open for bidding (www.rockymountainbidsystem.com/City-of-Montrose.asp?AgencyID=2331&PageType=open). Please see the following table for relevant dates.

Schedule of Events (subject to change) – All times are given in local Colorado time

  • RFI Issued – 6/13/2016
  • Inquiry Deadline – 6/24/2016
  • Final Addendum Issued – 06/30/2016 at 4:00pm
  • Proposal Due Date and Time – 07/07/2016 at 4:00pm

RFP for OSP Construction and Bill of Materials – City of Montrose

NEO Connect and Actavo are currently focusing on preparation of the RFP for Construction of Outside Plant (OSP) for The City of Montrose. This RFP and the project’s Bill of Materials are expected to be ready for issue by Friday June 1st, contingent upon approval of final routing with various Region 10 stakeholders. The deadline for submission of responses will be prior to the end of July, with contract award, mobilization and the start of construction activities beginning in early August.

Region 10 seeks to hire Regional Broadband Project Manager

Region 10 seeks to hire Regional Broadband Project Manager

Region 10 is considering applicants for the Regional Broadband Project Manager to provide support in implementation of the regional broadband plan, and to provide assistance to the region’s counties and municipalities in developing broadband services within their communities.  The regional plan and additional information is available at region10.net/broadband.  Consideration of qualifications for the position include experience in the development of broadband networks, including funding, sales, contract management and compliance.  Please send a letter of interest, resume and salary requirements to mhaynes@Region10.net or via mail to: Region 10, 300 N Cascade, Montrose, CO 81401.


 

Region 10 Regional Broadband Implementation Project Manager

In recognition of the importance of affordable access to adequate broadband services, Region 10 has developed a regional broadband implementation plan, available at region10.net/broadband.  To assist in implementing the plan, and continuing to support the region’s counties and municipalities in developing broadband services within their communities, Region 10 is now considering applications for the Regional Broadband Project Manager.

The manager will be responsible for oversight and implementation of the Region 10 plan, as well as work with local counties, communities, and ISPs to assist in coordination and funding of broadband efforts. Specifically, the requirements and scope of work would include:

  • Understanding of broadband technology, terminology and implementation methodology.
  • Meet with interested counties and communities to understand the demand, gaps in service, and the most effective means of ensuring adequate service levels throughout the communities and region.
  • Understand and educate counties, communities and stakeholders on legislative issues, concerns and strategies to improve support of rural broadband services.
  • Coordinate and conduct meetings as needed to inform local stakeholders and partners on implementation strategies within the region.
  • Represent the region as needed in state-wide meetings concerning rural broadband development.
  • Work with regional ISPs and anchor institutions to promote understanding of the project and partnership and participation opportunities.
  • Participate with the consulting, engineering, construction and management organizations that are involved in the Region 10 implementation plan.
  • Oversight of data collection and preparation of reports as needed for grant funding partners.
  • Collect base-line service data and assist in development of matrix and collection of data to determine success of the project, including current service availability and pricing, compared to the same after implementation, participation by local governments, ISPs, anchor institutions, etc., and other data determined to be useful in measuring the impact of the project.

Consideration of qualifications for the position would include experience in the development of broadband networks, including funding, sales, contract management and compliance. Ability to show experience in similar projects, innovative efforts or approaches that the vendor has previously implemented, or experience and understanding of the regional project will also be considered.

Broadband Update (June 17, 2016)

Broadband Update (June 17, 2016)

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June 17, 2016

NEO Connect and Actavo are currently working with the Cities of Delta and Montrose to complete final preparations and design efforts prior to network construction. Invitations to bid were issued this week on www.Rockymountainbidsystems.com, including: RFP Construction of Middle-Mile Fiber in The City of Delta and RFI for the Dark Fiber Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRU)/Dark Fiber Swap Agreement.  The RFP for Construction in Montrose is expected complete by June 30.

Additionally, NEO Connect and Actavo have met with both Tri-State and San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) for field-level evaluations of potential shared facilities. Site visits were completed to Tri State’s Starr-Nelson Substation and the Grand Junction Carrier Point-of-Presence. Both sites were evaluated for compatibility with Region 10 construction plans.

A conference call with representatives at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration is scheduled for June 17 at 930am. The purpose of which is to review the EDA grant requirements prior to Region 10’s final construction planning.

In addition to these meetings, the following activities are underway:

Preparation of budget, scheduling and production-tracking tools

NEO Connect is currently preparing a shared MS Project-based schedule for use with Actavo’s engineering team. Phase One scheduling is contingent upon completion of fiber routing and field surveys in Montrose, and timeline for delivery of fiber and vaults. The final version will be complete following a comprehensive review with the selected construction contractor. Overall budget, and material and labor cost projections are being managed with several Excel documents that use the current version of the Bill of Materials as a baseline. Preparation of these documents will be ongoing though the construction start date.

Engineering base map and final design.

The final engineering designs are developed based upon existing infrastructure, construction constraints and the buildout preferences of the various stakeholders. Final design for the initial build for theCity of Delta is complete, with all routing selected and analyzed for Make-Ready-Construction (MRC). Final design for the initial build within the City of Montrose is nearing completion, contingent upon final route selections and MRC analysis, and is expected complete by June 30.

Field Survey and Permitting

Field survey for the City of Delta is complete. Survey work for the City of Montrose is nearly complete with work crews focused on detailed pole and route surveys, completion contingent upon selection of final routing. Adjustments are expected to be made for design as collaboration efforts/assets are further defined within the City of Montrose. The permitting process requires extensive due diligence and will be ongoing throughout much of construction. The Actavo Engineering team continues filing for construction permits with the necessary state, federal and railroad entities. NEO Connect and Actavo expect to submit sample MRC packages to DMEA for review of process and clarification of expectations this week.

Request(s) for Proposal (RFP) Construction & Request for Information (RFI) – Dark Fiber IRU/Fiber SWAP

NEO Connect has completed the RFP for Middle-Mile Construction in The City of Delta. This document has been posted for review and bidding by over 800 firms at www.rockymountainbidsystem.com/City-of-Montrose.asp?AgencyID=2331&PageType=open. Please see the following table for relevant dates.

Schedule of Events (subject to change) All times are given in local Colorado time
Invitation to Bid, Release of RFP Tuesday, 06/14/2016
Inquiry Deadline Tuesday, 06/21/2016
Final Addendum Issued Friday, 06/24/2016 at 4:00pm
Proposal Due Date and Time Friday, 7/8/2016 at 4:00pm
General Contractor Selected, Contract Executed Week of 7/11/2016
Mobilization and Construction Start Monday, 07/25/2016 at 4:00pm

RFP Dates – City of Delta Middle-Mile Construction

NEO Connect is preparing the Construction Request for Proposal (RFP), City of Montrose. The RFP is expected to be ready for issue by June 30. Construction activities are currently scheduled to begin in July in The City of Delta, and continuing through completion in The City of Montrose during the month of October.

NEO Connect has completed the RFI – Dark Fiber IRU/Fiber Swap and it is currently open for review at www.rockymountainbidsystem.com/City-of-Montrose.asp?AgencyID=2331&PageType=open. Please see the following table for relevant dates.

Schedule of Events (subject to change) All times are given in local Colorado time
RFI Issued Monday, 06/13/2016
Inquiry Deadline Friday, 06/24/2016
Final Addendum Issued Thursday, 06/30/2016 at 4:00pm
Proposal Due Date and Time Thursday, 07/07/2016 at 4:00pm

RFI Dates – Dark fiber IRU / Fiber Swap

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu comes to Montrose… with a little help from the SBDC

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu comes to Montrose… with a little help from the SBDC

Not just for men or adults, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is for everyone!

BJJ is a martial art, a sport and a method for promoting physical fitness. It also builds character in young people. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique and leverage to take their opponent to the ground. Once on the ground they apply submission techniques to defeat their opponent. BJJ is fun and good exercise for the entire family.

Arthur and Jennifer Lujan became interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu several years ago. Arthur traveled to Grand Junction to learn the sport and train. Soon he realized that he wasn’t the only one driving to Grand Junction. He met many people who were driving to Grand Junction to study BJJ from all over the Western Slope.

He and his wife saw an opportunity to practice the sport that they love and stop driving to Grand Junction each week. They opened a BJJ studio and held classes in their garage. At the end of 2015 they decided that they were outgrowing their garage and needed to grow their hobby into a real business.

They met with a Region 10 counselor who guided them through writing a business plan and creating a cash flow forecast for their business. They didn’t need a loan; they just wanted to launch their business right and increase its odds of success. Their counselor answered questions and helped them develop a long-term growth and marketing plan. Arthur and Jennifer have since “raved to family and friends about the helpful advice and business assistance” from Region 10 Small Business Resource Center.

In March 2016, their plans came to fruition with the opening of their business, Montrose Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Their studio is located at 28 North Selig Avenue in Montrose. Classes are held in the evenings beginning at 5pm and every other Saturday morning. Stop by or call them at (970) 596-5660 to visit with either Jennifer or Arthur.

Meet Madison Fowler–The newest addition to the Region 10 team!

Meet Madison Fowler–The newest addition to the Region 10 team!

Region 10 Community Living Services welcomes Madison Fowler, AmeriCorps Vista Program Volunteer. In an effort to further expand our capacity and streamline our processes; Community Living Services applied for a grant through the Community Resource Center.

Madison is a 23 year-old Arkansan who relocated to Colorado in April. She has had previous experience in the non-profit sector, working as an After-School Program Coordinator for the Hispanic community in her hometown of Jonesboro, AR. She also spent seven years working as a competition dance teacher and managing Christie McNeill’s Dance Studio, also in Jonesboro.

Now, Madison would like to extend her passion to teach and volunteer past working with children. Madison will be working on implementing a Senior Companion Program, as well as aiding All Points Transit with extending their volunteer driver program. Madison is excited for the opportunity to get familiar with the community and make a difference in the lives of those that Region 10 seeks to help.

Eva Veitch Community Living Services Director states, “We are so fortunate to have this opportunity to further improve services for disabled and older adults in our region. Madison will assist us in developing several programs that have been on the back burner for a while. These are important programs that will help us expand capacity, assist low income seniors financially and improve community engagement.

Madison’s first project is the research and development of a Senior Companion Program. Once fully developed this will allow us to recruit and train low income older adults to provide companionship and caregiver respite in return for a small stipend. This is a win-win program for everyone involved and a valuable resource for caregivers in Region 10.

Madison will also be recruiting new volunteer Medicare Counselors for the SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) these amazing volunteers help people new to Medicare and those with questions about supplemental programs. They also assist low-income seniors with Medicare savings programs and potential Medicare fraud issues.

If you are interested in learning more about Senior Companion or the SHIP please contact Madison at 970-765-3125 or madison@region10.net.

 

Is the Gunnison River the Key to Delta’s Economic Development?

Is the Gunnison River the Key to Delta’s Economic Development?

The recent downturn in the coal industry led to a literal collapse in Delta County. On April 22nd, the silos that once housed coal for the Oxbow mines in Somerset were demolished, taking down a familiar visual landmark that the local community took pride in.

Nearly a year and half ago, when the West Elk mines idled activities, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded nearly $250,000 in grant funds to a joint project associated with Delta County, Gunnison County, and Region 10. The primary goal of the project was to identify and strategize for a diversified economic future for these communities that have been dependent upon the coal industry for so long.

In partnership with Better City consultants (who were awarded the bid to develop market strategies and determine project feasibility), the Delta County group (with support from City of Delta, Delta County Economic Development, and Delta County Commissioners) has started to move forward on a number of potential economic development projects. The partnership produced eight different potential projects, which include detailed market analysis and feasibility.

As a natural hub for outdoor beauty, Delta is seeking to build upon its existing identity as an outdoor recreation destination. A two-mile stretch along the Gunnison River, between Confluence and Cottonwood Parks, has been identified as a potential site for development. The development would include building trails on both sides of the river, increasing access, and additional parks. There is even discussion about activating old gravel ponds for possible recreation use, such as a paddleboard park.

The City of Delta has already received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Local Affairs to be used for engineering plans for the development.

To compliment the riverside planning, the development of big brand hotel and conference center has also been identified as a potential project. To better accommodate Delta’s tourism markets, a nationally-recognized hotel brand will attract new patrons who eagerly book through loyalty and rewards programs. A formal request for proposals will be publicly available in the future. Several hotel companies are currently considering Delta as a future location, so this project seems promising at the moment.

The building of a hotel and the development of riverside recreation will not be the sole answers to Delta County’s immediate woes. Instead, these projects will serve as infrastructure for a bigger plan. The big picture that needs to be addressed is how the community brands and markets itself moving forward. In addition, this bigger picture includes how the county develops future frameworks for public/private partnerships to better leverage community resources while encouraging private investment back into the community.

Over time, the synthesis of these projects will help move the dial and put Delta on a path to future economic development.

For more information regarding the feasibility studies and analysis conducted by Better Cities, please contact Delta County Economic Development at 970.874.4992.

Click here to view a presentation put together by DCED that covers many of the other projects proposed during this economic diversification plan.

Region 10 awards National Honor Society for volunteerism

Region 10 awards National Honor Society for volunteerism

Montrose High School’s National Honor Society was recognized for their diligent efforts to help the elderly and disabled by shoveling walkways during the winter. Region 10 and the Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) awarded their efforts as a part of the second annual Snow Bash Challenge.

On May 4th, Region 10 and ADRC presented a check for $200 to National Honor Society for taking on the bulk of the work solicited for the Snow Bash Challenge. The check amount was the result of generous community donations, and the money will go towards covering membership fees of NHS members. The student group contributed 45 hours of volunteer work, shoveling sidewalks and driveways for the elderly and disabled.

The value of in-kind donation was estimated at $900. For many senior citizens who are on a fixed budget, that is a lot of money. “The people who benefited from this great community project were so grateful for this important service,” comments Eva Veitch, Director of Community Living Services at Region 10.

One student stood out for her strong contribution to the Snow Bash Challenger. Stella Campbell shoveled more than three other seniors combined. Campbell also volunteers regularly for Community Living Services.

“We can’t thank these volunteers enough for their willingness to help with this great project,” adds Eva Veitch. “We are better together.”

ADRC is a membership organization consisting of several agencies whose mission is to improve services for those who are not physically able to support themselves. Leveraging its extensive membership, the group created the Snow Bash Challenge as a way to provide a free service to those who physically struggle to remove snow from their properties.

“This is a generation that worries about their responsibility to keep people safe while on their property, but shoveling sidewalks is just not in their best interest,” comments Veitch. “These are also the folks who use senior transportation and receive home delivered meals, so their outdoor safety is critical.”