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Vince Rogalski: A Man of the Road

Vince Rogalski: A Man of the Road

We are thankful for individuals who are willing to spend a considerable amount of time away from their homes to provide a voice for Western Colorado citizens on statewide issues. One of these individuals is Deacon Vince Rogalski of Gunnison, who has served as the chairman of the Gunnison Valley Transportation Planning Region (GVTPR) and the Chairman of the State Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) for the last 14 years!

The GVTPR is responsible for the development of 20-year Regional Transportation Plans every five years, as well as producing annual updates through an extensive public participation process. The plan is a multi-model transportation plan addressing the transportation elements of roadways, bike & pedestrian facilities, transit services, aviation, and rail services, and covers all six counties in Region 10. It is used by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in the development of the Statewide Transportation Plan and to establish priority projects for funding every year. The STAC advises the Colorado Department of Transportation on the needs of the transportation system in Colorado and reviews and comments on all Statewide Transportation Plans. STAC assists with the development of the statewide CDOT budget and project selection and prioritization.

Vince also serves on several other state transportation committees, including the transit and rail advisory committee and the freight plan committee. He spends several days a month in Denver making sure that the transportation needs of Western Colorado are part of every discussion at the state level. Thanks Vince!

Deeply Digital selected for Montrose broadband buildout

Deeply Digital selected for Montrose broadband buildout

Region 10 has selected Deeply Digital LLC, a Montrose-based contractor, to build broadband infrastructure in the City of Montrose. Region 10 welcomes Deeply Digital to its broadband implementation team, and looks forward to working with a local company with extensive experience in Middle-Mile and Fiber to the Premise Projects. Deeply Digital will work in collaboration with Region 10’s current broadband implementation team, Actavo Engineering Services and Consulting Firm, NEO Connect. Construction is scheduled for completion in the Spring.

Deeply Digital was chosen through a competitive bidding process from a nation-wide applicant pool. Proposals were evaluated based on numerous criteria including; company qualifications, pricing and approach to the project, and experience and references.

Regional Broadband Project Director for Region 10, Chris Kennedy says, “We looked at proposals from companies across the country, and Deeply Digital’s proposal was identified as having the right mix of qualities, including approach to the project and pricing.” And with countless residential and business customers already in the City of Montrose, Deeply Digital is very familiar with the community and it’s needs.

Deeply Digital President Doug Seacat says of the project, “We are proud to have been chosen as the contractor for Montrose. We have a long history here and are excited to be working with Region 10 and the City of Montrose to improve regional broadband.”

Construction activities will begin this week and Deeply Digital will be working closely with City of Montrose to expedite the project and to minimize impact in the community.

Virgil Turner, City of Montrose Director of Innovation and Citizen Engagement responded to the selection, “The City is thrilled to work with a hometown company on this project. Doug and everyone over at Deeply Digital are local folks who are invested in this community. They have a proven track record here and they’re going to do a great job.”

Construction for the Regional Broadband Project is divided into two phases. Phase One is currently underway and includes network construction in the Cities of Delta and Montrose. Phase Two will begin in 2017, with construction throughout Region 10’s member counties of Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Hinsdale.

Region 10 has issued multiple invitations to bid in Phase One, including the Request for Information (RFI) for Dark Fiber IRU or Swap Agreement. The purpose of this bid was to invite those companies with networks in the region to discuss how they could partner with Region 10 for the benefit of the various communities. Additional invitations to bid include the RFPs for network construction in the Cities of Delta and Montrose.

These efforts are part of a long-term Region 10 initiative to help local governments in bringing high-speed, Gigabit-enabled broadband to their communities. The goal continues to be construction of the “middle mile” infrastructure throughout the Region, while creating redundancy for the individual communities. Local governments have identified affordable and reliable, high-speed broadband as essential to the Region’s economic development, public safety and health, and statewide competitiveness.

Region 10’s efforts in this broadband project have been extensively supported by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). DOLA has been a critical partner for infrastructure projects throughout the region and has provided leadership, technical support and grant funding throughout the broadband planning process.

Small business owners: We have the road map to success!

Small business owners: We have the road map to success!

 

Our goal at Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) is to support, develop, and grow successful businesses.  Whether it is a startup or an existing business, we’ve developed a road map that we believe will support and develop successful businesses throughout the area.

While the SBRC continues to offer free or low-cost workshops, training, and consulting services, we have refined our delivery process in order to serve more clients more efficiently and utilize our consultants and budget more effectively.

For “Starting a Business” Clients

For clients who are looking to start a business, the SBRC offers the Colorado Business Resource Guide.  The guide is an incredible resource for any business, referencing most city, state, and federal forms needed to establish a business in the state, as well as in-depth information about legal structure and registration, income and property tax, Colorado state tax, employer responsibilities, bookkeeping, sources of assistance, business planning, marketing, financing options, liabilities and insurance, and trademarks, copyrights, and patents.

After our client receives the Colorado Business Resource Guide, their contact information is entered into our email database and they begin receiving information about upcoming training and workshops.  These classes include “10 Thing You Need to Know before Starting a Business”, informs new business hopefuls about the common pitfalls of starting a business so they don’t make the same mistakes; “Starting a Business in Colorado”; provides the steps to register a business, test market viability, identify a target market, and develop a cash flow spreadsheet; and “Lean Business Planning”, a step-by-step business planning tool that helps clients identify their goals and outlines how to achieve them.

For “Existing Business” Clients

We believe that planning is the key to success for any business.  In fact, existing businesses with business plans grow 30 percent faster than businesses without a plan.  And because most existing businesses that request consulting from the SBRC are looking to increase revenue, we think it is important for them to have a business plan, a marketing plan, or both.  If a business seeks assistance from the SBRC—either for funding and/or consulting—we generally require them to develop a business plan first.

The Plan Unlocks the Door

Once the client has submitted their business plan, the doors magically open to all of the SBRC’s resources.  Clients gain access to the Loan Fund and free consulting by our functional and industry experts, as well as special Small Business Development Center (SBDC) programs, including:

  • SBDC Advanced, an economic gardening program focused on helping Colorado companies grow by providing custom-fit market research and corporate-level tools that might otherwise be out of reach for small to mid-sized businesses;
  • Connect2DOT, a certification process that prepares qualifying businesses to bid on various CDOT state and municipal projects; and
  • Small Manufacturer’s AdvantEDGE (SMA), which provides coaching, consultation, and/or training by industry experts to small manufacturers based on the challenges manufacturers face.

For Everyone

Startups and existing businesses alike always have access to the variety of workshops we have available in functional areas, including bookkeeping, marketing, management, and operations.  Please check our calendar of events for dates and times.

If you have questions, comments, ideas for workshops and trainings, or know of anyone who would benefit from our SBRC offerings, please contact us:

Nancy Murphy                                                                  Dan Scinto
Small Business Development                                       Loan Fund
nancy@region10.net                                                      dan@region10.net
970-765-3130                                                                     970-765-3126

 

 

 

 

https://www.region10.net/download/Colorado-RESOURCE-GUIDE-07.30.16FINAL.pdf

Broadband: It Takes a Village…

Broadband: It Takes a Village…

We’ve all heard this expression in one form or another most of our lives. It speaks to the essence of community engagement and involvement in solving issues and helping each other succeed.

And it is certainly true about the Region 10 broadband project.

With the help of state and local governments and agencies, organizations like the El Pomar Foundation and local business and citizen engagement, construction has begun in Delta on the first phase of the Middle Mile network, a not for profit network designed to bring affordable high speed broadband access and connectivity to municipal and county governments and anchor institutions across the region while also providing “open access” connection points to local retail Internet Service Providers to help expand services to underserved communities.

Construction in Delta is scheduled to finish in October while construction in Montrose should start within the next week. We are excited that the Montrose construction project has been awarded to a local construction firm, ensuring that those dollars are invested in our local economies. Engineering and planning activities continue at breakneck speed to ensure we meet our goal of lighting up services by the end of the year in these two communities and ready ourselves for Phase Two construction to begin early next year.

Without the participation and input from all of our partners and stakeholders, none of this would be possible. The opportunities and potential to share resources across the region, to help foster an environment of diverse economic development are a testament to our “village” recognizing a problem and coming together to create a solution.

Are you prepared for Medicare open enrollment?

Are you prepared for Medicare open enrollment?

Your SHIP Has Come In!

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for our region is housed at Region 10 under Community Living Services. SHIP is a state program that is funded by the federal government to give local health insurance counseling to people eligible for Medicare benefits.

10 Things You Need to Know about Medicare

SHIPs are not connected to any insurance company or health plan. Our services are free and confidential.  SHIP volunteers are well trained to help you with these Medicare questions or concerns:

  1. “Medicare and You” seminars for those new to Medicare
  2. Your Medicare rights
  3. Understanding your options
  4. Assistance with Medicare claims questions and/or appeals
  5. Billing and claims problems
  6. Assistance with Part D Prescription plan comparisons
  7. Assistance with paying for prescription drugs
  8. Assistance with complaints about your medical care of treatment
  9. Identify gaps in Medicare coverage and options to fill them evaluate Medicare supplement insurance options
  10. How Medicare works with other insurance.

Open enrollment begins October 15th thru December 7th

This is the time to enroll in or switch Part D Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans.  Your choice will take effect January 1st.  Most people will not be able to change plans again until the Annual Open Enrollment Period next year. It is important to review your plans every year.  Plans often make changes.  There may be new premiums, co-pays, and changes in the lists of drugs that are covered.  We recommend you evaluate your prescription drug coverage each year to determine which plan best fits your needs for the coming year.  You can enroll or change your Part D plans and Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans from October 15th thru December 7th.

SHIP is located at the Region 10 offices at 300 N. Cascade, Montrose.

Call us at 970-765-3132 or toll free at 1-888-696-7213 to speak to one of our certified SHIP counselors. Many questions can be handled with a phone call.  We serve the following counties:  Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, San Miguel, and Ouray.  We also have certified counselors in Lake City at 970-944-0321 and in Gunnison at 970-641-7984.

 

 

 

Broadband construction has started in Delta

Broadband construction has started in Delta

 

Construction of Region 10’s broadband, fiber-optic network is underway in the City of Delta. Contractor, TCS Communications has begun with underground boring and also with attaching fiber optic cables to poles within the city. Area residents will see the TCS crews and their equipment throughout various parts of the city as work progresses. TCS has multiple work crews on the ground performing both aerial and underground construction and will complete their portion of the project this fall.

City of Delta Community Development Director Glen Black says of the construction, “It’s truly exciting to finally have the Region 10 Project in the construction phase. A lot of good people have worked hard to get us to this point, and now the network is becoming a reality.” Region 10 and City of Delta staff from various departments including planning, development, public works and Delta Municipal Electric have been engaged in the planning phase of this network for well over two years.

TCS Communications is a Colorado-based company, and one of the state’s most experienced, network construction companies. TCS has extensive experience in Middle-Mile and Fiber to the Premise projects and will work closely with Region 10’s current broadband implementation team, NEO Connect and Actavo Engineering Services.

“It’s great to see construction start on this project,” said Chris Kennedy, the Regional Broadband Project Director for Region 10. “This is a real game-changer for the community, in terms of improved internet services, and true high-speed broadband.”

Construction for the Regional Broadband Project is divided into two phases. Phase One is currently underway and includes network construction in the Cities of Delta and Montrose. Phase Two will take place in 2017, with construction throughout Region 10’s member counties of Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Hinsdale. The continued goal of these efforts is to construct “middle mile” infrastructure throughout the Region, while providing redundancy for the individual communities. Local governments have identified affordable and reliable, high-speed broadband as essential to the Region’s economic development, public safety and health, and statewide competitiveness.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) has provided extensive support for Region 10’s broadband project. DOLA has been a critical partner for infrastructure projects throughout the region and has provided leadership, technical support and grant funding throughout the broadband planning process.

 

BUILDING CAPACITY: Community Living Services provides options for local residents

BUILDING CAPACITY: Community Living Services provides options for local residents

Community Living Services ADRC is building capacity

The past year has brought more big changes to the program with the addition of ADRC Options Counselors to each county served by Region 10.

ADRC (Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado) serves adults with disabilities and older adults with information, referrals to programs and services that help people maintain their highest level of independence and remain in their community of choice. We needed to build our capacity throughout the region in order to best meet the needs of our consumers and we have been fortunate to contract with other agencies to meet those needs with Options Counselors who live in the community and understand the unique needs of those we serve and have access to local resources.

An Options Counseling visit usually occurs in the home giving us insight into the strengths and resources of each individual; the visit includes a comprehensive assessment and in-depth discussion with the consumer to determine what is working for them, what is not, and help them identify what they hope to achieve. We then work with them to develop a plan that helps them achieve those goals. This person centered approach ensures that the client makes educated decisions.

The process looks first at the financial picture to determine if the individual may be eligible for other programs like LEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance), Low Income Assistance for Medicare or Long Term Care Medicaid. Many older adults do not understand the difference between Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security or Social Security Disability. These programs can be difficult for anyone to understand but an older adult in crisis has a very tough time navigating the systems.

We are here to help them understand the options and make informed choices. There is nothing worse than finding a long term care policy after the financial assets have been depleted, but many people do not realize what they have until it is too late.

After the financial assessment we look at what the individual can do for themselves ADL’s (activities of daily living) the ability to dress, bathe, toilet, eat etc. and IADL’s (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living) pay bills, go shopping, take medications, prepare meals and clean house. These things help us determine if life lines, assisted transportation, home delivered meals, homemaker, personal care or caregiver respite would be helpful. We make suggestions and offer options; it is always up to the consumer to decide their own path.

People often assume they need to go to the nursing home when they begin to struggle; there are so many resources to help people remain in their home, in an environment they are comfortable in, at a much lower cost.

We actually have a lot of resources in the region that most people are not aware of until they need them. One of our goals as an agency is to offer community education about these topics and create well informed consumers who are able to make better decisions when the time comes. Check out the calendar of events for educational presentations and evidenced based programs throughout the region.

Knowledge is power!

Amy Rowan-Lead Options Counselor 970-765-3123          Claudette Nicolas-970-765-3121

Caitlin Williams-Delta Co OC-970-399-3615                            Diana Baker-Gunnison Co OC 970-641-7984

Deon Tempfer-West End OC 970-708-7096                           Mary Cockle-Ouray Co OC 970-325-4586

Jacqi Kambish-Hinsdale Co OC 970-944-0231

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” now available in Montrose

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” now available in Montrose

Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an educational series designed to provide caregivers with the resources they need to take care of themselves, is coming to Montrose. Scheduled to start on September 26th 2016, Powerful Tools will be held at the Montrose County Health & Human Services building (1845 South Townsend Ave).

Presented by Region 10, The Area Agency on Aging, this program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources.

Classes consist of six sessions held once a week from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. The courses will be taught by experienced caregivers who have successfully applied the techniques they teach. Interactive lessons, discussions, and brainstorming will help caregivers develop the “tools” they need to maintain their peace of mind.

Class participants will receive the book, The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. A $25 donation is requested for participants over the age of 60, but not required. Participants under the age of 60 are required to pay the $25 fee.

For more information or to register, contact Sandy Walker at (970) 765-3131 or sandy@region10.net. Participants can also register at www.region10.net/powerfultools.

Region 10 announces contractor selection for broadband construction

Region 10 announces contractor selection for broadband construction

Region 10 has selected TCS Communications LLC, a Colorado-based contractor, to build broadband infrastructure in the City of Delta. Region 10 welcomes TCS to its broadband implementation team and looks forward to working with one of Colorado’s best network construction companies, with extensive experience in Middle-Mile and Fiber to the Premise projects. TCS will work in collaboration with Region 10’s current broadband implementation team, Actavo and NEO Connect, and is scheduled to complete construction this fall.

TCS Communications was chosen from a broad field of applicants through a competitive bidding process. Proposals were evaluated based on numerous criteria including; company qualifications, pricing and approach to the project, and experience and references. Although bids came in from across the country, TCS’ proposal was the clear standout in both value and approach. TCS President James Dunham says of the project, “TCS is looking forward to working with Region 10 and the City of Delta, and is excited to be a part of bringing broadband to Western Colorado.” With years of experience in rural Colorado and New Mexico and as the current contractor for network construction in the City of Longmont, TCS is the right choice for building a broadband network in the City of Delta. Region 10 Executive Director Michelle Haynes says that, “Region 10 is thrilled to work with a Colorado-based company that has a proven track record here at home, and throughout the rural west. TCS is a great fit for Regional Broadband in Western Colorado.”

Construction for the Regional Broadband Project is divided into two phases. Phase One is currently underway and includes network construction in the Cities of Delta and Montrose. Phase Two will take place in 2017, with construction throughout Region 10’s member counties of Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Hinsdale. Region 10 has issued three invitations for bids so far in Phase One, the first being the Request for Information (RFI) for Dark Fiber IRU or Swap Agreement. The purpose of this bid was to invite those companies with networks in the region to discuss how they could partner with Region 10 for the benefit of the various communities. The second invitation was the Request for Proposal (RFP) for network construction in the City of Delta. And a third invitation to bid was issued in July for network construction in the City of Montrose. Proposals are currently under review, with contractor selection expected soon.

The RFPs and RFI are part of a long term Region 10 initiative to help local governments in bringing high-speed, Gigabit-enabled broadband to their communities. The continued goal of these efforts is to construct the “middle mile” infrastructure throughout the Region, while providing redundancy for the individual communities. Local governments have identified affordable and reliable, high-speed broadband as essential to the Region’s economic development, public safety and health, and statewide competitiveness.

Region 10’s efforts have been extensively supported by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) in this broadband project. DOLA has been a critical partner for infrastructure projects throughout the region and has provided leadership, technical support and grant funding throughout the broadband planning process.

Broadband Update – 8/12/16

Broadband Update – 8/12/16

Summary

The construction contractor for The City of Delta has been selected and contract execution is pending. A pre-construction meeting occurred on August 10th in the City of Delta. The RFP for OSP Construction in the City of Montrose is open for bidding with proposals due August 12. Review and evaluation of the responses to the RFI for Dark Fiber is ongoing.

Engineering and design of Carrier Neutral Locations, equipment shelters and network equipment is ongoing. Multiple competitive bid processes will be issued for these components of the network implementation.

Construction activities are scheduled to begin in the City of Delta August 15 and are expected in the City of Montrose by the end of August. Actavo and NEO Connect are finalizing design and equipment requirements for connection of Region 10 and Grand Junction.

A press release will be issued this week to announce that Region 10 has selected a contractor for OSP Construction in The City of Delta.

Request(s) for Proposal – RFP for OSP Construction in the Cities of Delta & Montrose

Construction contractor TCS Communications has been selected to complete OSP Construction in The City of Delta. Execution of the contract and announcement of award is pending. Region 10, NEO Connect and Actavo will meet with TCS in a preconstruction meeting on August 10 in Delta. Review of design, bonding, insurance and construction documents is ongoing.

The RFP for OSP Construction in The City of Montrose has been posted for review and bidding by over 800 firms at www.rockymountainbidsystem.com. This document has also been transmitted directly to construction firms across the country, in an effort to increase response rates to the RFP as much as possible. Deadline for submission of proposals has been extended to August 12 with construction activities starting by August 25th.

Engineering, Field Survey Work and Permitting

The City of Delta has is currently reviewing the final permitting packages submitted by Actavo. Actavo is coordinating with TCS to review design/engineering and permitting. Permitting applications with the BLM, Railroad and CDOT are on schedule. Engineering and quality assurance activities continue throughout the Cities of Montrose and Delta to address minor design changes in preparation for construction. Actavo and NEO Connect continue to work on the RFP for Network Equipment and Shelters.

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