Position Announcement: Executive Director

Formerly Wheat Ridge 2020, Localworks is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization advancing Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community. Our mission includes connecting and empowering citizens to become catalysts for a thriving, engaged and healthy community.

To do that, we seek to support and grow our economy by providing innovative support for local businesses and properties, such as the development and promotion of our main business district, Ridge at 38, and to connect community members through our Live Local Wheat Ridge events and other community-based activities. Read more about us at

With an engaged and involved board of directors, Localworks is in a solid financial position, and in 2016 completed a strategic planning process that calls for heightened involvement in local leadership development, advocacy for high quality housing options, and continued focus on building a diverse and vibrant community.

Localworks is currently seeking a creative, energetic and risk-taking individual to take the helm of this successful organization as it advances its vision of a movement of citizens actively engaged in shaping and sustaining the community.
If you are looking to foster your passion for creating connected, inclusive, robust communities, while utilizing your strategic thinking, business development, fundraising and leadership skills, we invite you to apply to become Localworks’ executive director.

Desired results
■ Working in partnership with the Localworks board of directors, the city of Wheat Ridge, staff, volunteers, neighbors and community partners, the executive director will substantially advance community and economic development in the city while ensuring a sustainable nonprofit organization.

Nature of the Work
The executive director will be responsible for the execution of the current Localworks Strategic Plan, which includes the following areas of focus and related activities:
Plan and oversee implementation of a robust events strategy that connects neighbors, promotes businesses and builds community
Encourage business and retail development (increase tax base, create primary jobs, promote destination shopping)
■ Work closely with the businesses on Ridge at 38 to foster a vibrant city center
■ Implement an aggressive business attraction program with the ultimate objective to assist companies relocating to, or expanding in, the City of Wheat Ridge.
■ Attract, develop, enter into partnerships with and develop trust with public and private organizations, such as developers, redevelopment agencies, city officials, city employees, property owners, citizen groups, not-for-profits, other stakeholder groups and the general public.
■ Provide the necessary guidance and support to development prospects from the initial contact, through contract, to the end of finalizing the arrangements resulting in the prospect’s move.
■ Research and analyze state, regional and national market conditions, economic trends, available development opportunities and economic sustainability programs to support economic development efforts.
Implement concentrated community investment
■ Support an inclusive locally based approach to community and economic development.
■ Encourage local business and community participation, and aim at building neighborhood and community-level development.
■ Support Wheat Ridge policy and regulation change through education and outreach efforts.
■ Advocate for quality housing options that support diverse options and support for all people living and working in the Wheat Ridge area.
Lead organizational development
■ Manage and develop staff: interview and select employees and recommend transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions; plan, coordinate and arrange for appropriate training of staff; ensure staff members comply with health and safety regulations as well as internal policies and procedures.
■ Recommend and secure board approval for policies, budget and programs, and provide the board with monthly organizational updates.
■ Maintain consistent and intentional communication with internal and external partners to increase Localworks’ visibility through creation and implementation of a communication plan.
■ Implement successful fundraising and other fund development efforts to support the organization’s financial goals and programs.

Key Characteristics and Qualifications Sought
■ Passion and enthusiasm for Localworks’ mission; knowledge about or connection to Wheat Ridge is highly desired
■ Creativity, energy and willingness to work hard
■ Exceptional leadership skills and proven experience, including:
■ Leading groups and efforts toward a greater vision, through both long-term and short-term planning and execution
■ Managing and empowering staff, board members and volunteers, leading to productive, positive teams with strong retention
■ Attracting and building relationships with current and potential partners and/or related opportunities
■ Establishing and monitoring the financial components of an organization, including budgeting, reporting, fundraising, understanding fiscal responsibility and requirements, as well as demonstrating consistent accountability to stakeholders
■ Operating with a high degree of integrity, transparency and accountability
■ Demonstrated track record of successful:
■ Community and economic development
■ Work with local government structures and procedures
■ Community engagement
■ Event planning and execution
■ Three to five years of experience with nonprofits and/or government; specific experience with business districts is a plus
■ Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
■ Strong relationship-building ability in a person who is both humble and politically astute
■ Understanding of the need for flexibility of time and approach to fit the needs of the organization and community

Position specifications
Status: This is a full-time position that will include evening and weekend hours, with the ability to flex hours when evening and weekend work is required.
Location: Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Reports to: Board of Directors
Salary/Benefits: Starting salary range is $75,000 to $85,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include access to a group medical insurance plan, with Localworks paying 100% of the insurance premium for the employee and 50% of family medical or dental coverage; a health savings account (up to $2,000 per year); an employer-matched 401(k) plan contributable from start date; 10 paid holidays per year and 15 days of paid time off (PTO) each year to be accrued throughout the year, accessible after 60 days of employment (after two years at Localworks, PTO is increased to 20 days).

Localworks is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

To apply
Interested? Wonderful! Here are your next steps:
1. First, write a cover letter. Include in your cover letter:
Contact information for three professional references who can give us more insight into how you are that person who is a great fit for this position
2. Provide a resume.
3. Identify a short, relevant writing sample.
4. Fill out our short online application, and upload your cover letter, resume and writing sample.
5. Hit “SUBMIT.”
We’ll be reviewing applications as they come in. Firm deadline for applications is November 14, 2017. We look forward to hearing from you.

Localworks Candidate Questionnaire 2017

As a non-profit organization advancing Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community, many items in public policy directly impact Localworks’ mission. As a service to our members and also available to the public on our website, we ask candidates about their qualifications and positions on public policy. The candidates were emailed the questions on Sept 12 with our promise to publish what we received on Sept 28. We compile the information by office up for election and publish answers exactly as we receive them. This questionnaire gives candidates some more room to express themselves and their ideas. Localworks does not make any endorsements.

Response from Candidate for Mayor William “Bud” Starker

1. Why are you the best candidate to represent the city as Mayor?  Please relate your answer to your background, qualifications, values, and the needs of the city. What do you see as the role of the Mayor? How do you plan to fulfill this role?

Wheat Ridge city government is a Council-City Manager form of government with a mayor who presides over the meetings of the City Council and votes only in the case of a tie.  The essential attributes for this position are a strong foundation in parliamentary procedures and a dedication to fairness.  I received my bachelor’s degree with a major in political science which has given me a background in basic government structures and I have a working knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order under which the Council meetings operate.  My background includes eight years as a public member of the State Board for Architects, Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, two years as chairman.  In addition to being the meeting chair, this role also required quasi-judicial hearings on disciplinary matters affecting professionals in these professions.   I was responsible to be prepared on the cases and the procedures required to conduct a fair hearing.  I believe that that the most important role the Mayor performs in his/her official capacity is to conduct the council meetings with impartiality and respect for the Councilors and citizens who appear in council chambers.  The Mayor must ensure order in the proceedings and the reality and perception of fairness cannot be overstated.

The more informal, but no less important, role of the Mayor in our City is in the role of Leadership.  The Mayor should represent the best aspects of the City, be of high moral character, and be available to represent the City in a variety of situations, both within and outside of the City.  Many of my formative years were spent in the Boy Scouts, where I became an Eagle Scout, and was steeped in leadership and respect for process.   In my professional career as a business owner and leader I have had the opportunity to be the president and chairman of my professional association, as well as numerous volunteer boards.  I am in the process of retiring from my construction career and will have more time available to serve as Mayor.  I have been active in local and state government over the years and would look forward to representing Wheat Ridge to the broader community outside of our City.

2. What do you think is the most important issue facing Wheat Ridge over the next two years and how would you propose to address it?

I believe the most important issue facing Wheat Ridge is maintaining economic growth and financial stability.  Wheat Ridge is growing, spurring development in retail and job creation, which is good for our city’s financial health.  We must continue to ensure that growth benefits all our citizens, builds partnerships between existing and new businesses, creates a common vision for Wheat Ridge and maintains our unique charm and small-town feel.

3. What are your top two policy goals, why, and how should they be addressed?

My top two policy goals are ensuring safe and secure neighborhoods and fostering our small-town feel. Wheat Ridge is a safe place to live, but we have neighborhoods in transition.  To maintain the quality of life we enjoy, I will enhance neighborhood watch programs and promote police-community communication.  I believe safety and security is enhanced by familiarity with your neighbors so I will create forums where citizens can actively engage with the common goal of promoting safety.

4. Would you support the current 3-lane configuration and investment in permanent amenity zone enhancements to complement road design as laid out in the adopted 38th Avenue Corridor Plan.  Why or why not?

I support the goals outlined in the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy which identify West 38th Avenue between Sheridan and Wadsworth as having the potential to be redeveloped into a neighborhood-serving retail Main Street.  A successful Main Street location will provide a sense of identity for residents of Wheat Ridge and will foster retail and service providers who bring needed jobs and sales tax revenue to our city.  The successful redevelopment of this area will require more collaboration and consensus building with a wide variety of stakeholders, from current and future property owners, local business, civic and community groups, and will be impacted by the reconstruction of Wadsworth Boulevard to the west and the allocation of resources to other infrastructure in the city.

5. How would you support the funding of economic and community revitalization in the City of Wheat Ridge, including the general fund? (Disclosure: some of Localworks activities and programs are funded by the City of Wheat Ridge.)

The city has existing economic development incentives, such as the Enhanced Sales Tax Incentive Program (ESTIP), the Business Development Zone (BDZ) program, the Revitalization Incentive Program, and the Facade Plus Program, which provide matching grants and low-cost loans for commercial property owners and businesses willing to invest in their properties.  I support these programs and would work to make them more well-known and accessible to the business community.  On a larger scale, the city has the resources of the Urban Renewal Authority, the Housing Authority, access to Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and the city’s economic development office.  As mayor, I would actively engage with new and existing property owners and businesses to cooperate more fully and utilize these tools to revitalize our commercial business districts.  I intentionally use the plural, “business districts,” because the overall economic health of our city must not be limited to one area, but extend citywide.

6. What have you done to support Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community?

Wheat Ridge is a vital and vibrant community filled with active citizens engaging in a wide range of cultural, intellectual and active pursuits – just spend a few minutes in front of the WR Recreation Center on Kipling in the morning!  I support seniors by working to create options which allow them to remain in their homes longer; foster intergenerational programs to create stronger bonds within our families; and work to provide safe and secure neighborhoods that encourage neighbors to get to know and interact with one another.  We have taken strides with our municipal energy use to increase our sustainability but have more we can do.  I would advocate for a community-based recycling center; investigate neighborhood composting strategies; and encourage the work of the Sustainability Committee.

7. A healthy business environment requires a reliable electric grid, robust fiber network, and infrastructure such as water and sanitation pipework. In your view what is the role of the city in engaging with special districts and utility providers on the requirements of development and planning for the future?

The City needs to have robust integration with utility providers providing service to our city.  Our Planning and Public Works Departments must have a clear understanding of the capabilities of these firms to provide service for future developments and have established firm lines of communications to enable them to coordinate future development needs.  Success in the development arena will depend upon advanced planning to ensure that capacity is available; mapping and GPS data is up to date; and the delivery of utility infrastructure is predictable and dependable.

8. The largest portion of revenue for the City of Wheat Ridge is sales tax. How would you help Wheat Ridge thrive as more consumer spending shifts to services and delivery over retail goods purchased in local stores?

I believe that the successful redevelopment of our city’s economy will be generated by smaller, one-of-a kind retailers and personal service providers.  I will be an advocate of “Live Local, Buy Local” and work with residents and the business community to clearly articulate the dependency we have on one another.  I believe our community appreciates the value of supporting local businesses and local business will go out of their way to make the shopping experience the best possible.

9. If you are elected, during your term the City of Wheat Ridge will celebrate 50 years since incorporation. What will you do to position the city for the next 50 years?

We will celebrate 50 years as a city in two years.  I believe we should recognize and celebrate this accomplishment.  Let’s take pride in our history, producing an historical account of the land our forefathers found here; our beginnings as a farming community; recounting the development of our roads, houses and neighborhoods; the influences and impetus which led to cityhood; our progress through the first 50 years and where we believe we are today.  Then, let us look clear-eyed to the future and set a vision.  Let us as a city together develop the plans, set the goals, and make ready for those who come after us.

Thank you,

Bud Starker

Response from Candidate for City Council District 1 Janeece Hoppe

1. Why are you the best candidate to represent your district?  Please relate your answer to your background, qualifications, values, and the needs of your district.

In 2015 I applied and was appointed to finish Mr. DiTullio’s term due to him being elected as City Treasurer, I have been honored to serve Wheat Ridge and Dist 1 for the last two years. While I have been serving the community I have called on my background in construction and business management many times. Specifically I worked on a *“Bulk Plain Ordinance” to protect the quality and integrity of our neighborhoods. I believe that District One is growing and changing with more people crossing Denver at the Sheridan boarder, it is important that we do this growing and changing but not at the cost of the character of our community.

*Bulk Plain regulates how much of the air space you can build in, in R1C and R3 zoned lots the bulk plain starts at 15 feet above the property line set back requirement and then continues in a 45 degree angle across the property.

2. What do you think is the most important issue facing Wheat Ridge over the next two years and how would you propose to address it?

I think our most important issue for the next two years is revenue generation through economically viable commercial areas, building a strong and diverse sales tax base, and we are already in several processes to address it. With the fortunate passing of 2E for half a penny sales tax raise, now called Fund 31, we are able to address two specific areas of infill development that will help us grow our business base and in turn our sales tax revenue. What we need to do now is to continue to support not only these projects but all of our commercial areas. We have programs in place with the Wheat Ridge Business District and Localworks to help business and property owners invest in updating and upgrading.  With a larger generation of revenue we will be able to address other important issues such as the ones identified by the **DIRT Taskforce in July of 2016, and the ADA Transition Plan.

** City Council appointed a new Drainage, Infrastructure, Roads and Trails (D.I.R.T.) Task Force to review and prioritize a list of unfunded infrastructure projects that were originally reviewed and prioritized by the 2007 D.I.R.T. Task Force. The unfunded projects total more than $150 million and consist of parks, trails and recreation; roadway and streetscape; power line undergrounding; storm sewer/drainage improvements; facility improvements; information technology and land banking

3. What are your top two policy goals, why, and how should they be addressed?

We need to make Public Safety a priority, by supporting the Police Department with their man power needs for pro active patrolling and code enforcement. Also, by addressing the accessibility needs in our community we can create and maintain an attractive and inviting community for all residents, all generations.

We need to diversify our housing options, we need more “move up” size and priced housing, we also need more quality affordable housing. We can address this by updating our NRS, continuing the ADU conversations, and pro actively looking at our zoning and building codes. We also need to address the storm water and drainage issues many of our neighborhoods have.

4. Would you support the current 3-lane configuration and investment in permanent amenity zone enhancements to complement road design as laid out in the adopted 38th Avenue Corridor Plan.  Why or why not?

To be very direct and to the point, I support 3 lanes on 38th ave, I support amenity zones & community gathering places, and I support safe walking, biking, & vehicle passage on 38th. I also agree with the vision statement from the adopted 38th Avenue Corridor Plan, “West 38th Avenue between Sheridan and Wadsworth is a safe, vibrant and diverse corridor in Wheat Ridge with a strong identity and robust commercial and residential markets. The corridor has identifiable sub-districts with its Main Street being a source of community pride and a primary destination for city residents and visitors. In the year 2030, people of all ages and abilities live, work, learn, shop, and play along 38th Avenue.” In 2016, I worked closely with the city attorney and staff, city treasurer, and other city council members to come to a plan that incorporated the values that came from the community during the Create 38 public process at a reasonable price tag. Although it didn’t have quite enough support to get it on the ballot, it was a good plan and I have no intention to just abandon it forever.

5. How would you support the funding of economic and community revitalization in the City of Wheat Ridge, including the general fund? (Disclosure: some of Localworks activities and programs are funded by the City of Wheat Ridge.)

I support the work of Localworks in the areas of economic and community revitalization, I would like to see a few new programs added to the playbook for Localworks. Housing  has been in the wheelhouse of Localworks since its inception, I would like to see some programs that help with diversifying our housing options, down payment assistance, and helping homeowners update their homes with environmentally friendly upgrades. However the City of WR cannot fund all of them, but we can help when Localworks applies for different grants, and we can keep our ear to the ground so to speak, for any opportunity in this area. Until then we need to continue to support the work of Localworks, what they bring into our community, the social capital gained in our community is important.

6. What have you done to support Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community?

I am one of the three founding members of Live Local, a program of Localworks. Our first Live Local program was Live Local Dines, our vision was to get the residents of Wheat Ridge to spend more time and more of their money in Wheat Ridge, and it has been successful. I am also a part of the following organizations as a volunteer, 2011-2015- Localworks; Construction Committee, Treasurer, Vice President, President, 2011- Current- Wheat Ridge Business District; Board Member,2012-Current- The Family Tree; Development Committee,2014 – Current- WRHS POMs Treasurer

7. A healthy business environment requires a reliable electric grid, robust fiber network, and infrastructure such as water and sanitation pipe work. In your view what is the role of the city in engaging with special districts and utility providers on the requirements of development and planning for the future?

I think the city should be communicating on a regular basis with the special districts about what projects are going on and coming up. I do think we need to address updating our infrastructure, however we need money for that. So I support a fee to be able to raise the funds,  it could be an infrastructure fee, or a utility, or a storm water, either way I think it needs to be a flat fee. I think we should have a flat fee for residential single family, residential multifamily and commercial. I think the commercial should depend on the size of the property and be a scale, smaller properties pay less, larger pay more. I believe a flat fee instead of a formula like an *ERU that is set by city council give us the opportunity and control to keep the fee reasonable. We all love our small local owned business, we need to keep an environment that they can afford and thrive in, an ERU could make that difficult for some due to the way that most commercial rental properties are leased with a triple net contract.

*Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) The measure of impervious surface for a typical single family residential property. 1 ERU is equal to ______ square feet of impervious area.

8. The largest portion of revenue for the City of Wheat Ridge is sales tax. How would you help Wheat Ridge thrive as more consumer spending shifts to services and delivery over retail goods purchased in local stores?

I think it is important for Wheat Ridge to have a variety of sales tax generators, building an inclusive community will allow our citizens to spend their money in our community and not have to go to the surrounding areas to fill the purchasing needs for their families. While delivery over retail is growing I don’t believe it will completely replace it.

9. If you are elected, during your term the City of Wheat Ridge will celebrate 50 years since incorporation. What will you do to position the city for the next 50 years?

Our available land and space in the community is limited, and therefore the uses that are approved through zoning and code of laws must have balance. An example, when city council looked at code of laws for self storage units in September 2016, the council approved changes to the code of laws that in essence limited the areas where a self storage could be built. When we looked at how many self storage units that not only were in Wheat Ridge, but also just across our borders to other communities we found that Wheat Ridge had available storage per person higher than the national average. So, we need to be careful on what we “spend” our land on, and be proactive in our zoning and code of laws.

Response from Candidate for City Council District 3 Tim Fitzgerald

1. Why are you the best candidate to represent your district?  Please relate your answer to your background, qualifications, values, and the needs of your district.

I moved to Wheat Ridge as a child in 1945.  I went thru school here and was in the first class to complete a full year at the “new” high school; graduating in 1959.

My goal in my second term in council is the same as it was for my first term.  I want to guide our city as it undergoes the inevitable changes that will come our way as our metropolitan area grows and we face a new reality due to climate change and energy transformation.  Wheat Ridge did not aged well.  Up until recently the prevailing wisdom was “do nothing”.  In the recent years the city began to take action to rid us of blight and vacant buildings.  I will do what I can to keep making Wheat Ridge a better place to live for us and for our children.

2. What do you think is the most important issue facing Wheat Ridge over the next two years and how would you propose to address it?

We need to strive to improve the quality of our shopping resources.  We need to improve the “curb appeal” of our major streets. Currently we have projects underway which have great potential to do those things.  I will encourage private investment in the properties adjacent to the Wadsworth Boulevard rebuild project to improve the “curb appeal” of our busiest street.  I will continue to advocate for city involvement in making the Clear Creek Crossing project a quality addition to our city.

3. What are your top two policy goals, why, and how should they be addressed?

I described my overarching goal in 1, but as a specific – our civilization is gradually moving to a more holistic transportation model where quality of life is paramount and a variety of movement methods are available.  That includes walking, biking, public transportation all available as well as automobiles.  The key however is a people centered community rather than a car centered community.  The world is moving that way; our children are moving that way; we must guide the transition in a way that improves life for all of us.

Sidewalks along our major streets will help us achieve a healthier more pleasant means of both enjoyment and practical movement.

4. Would you support the current 3-lane configuration and investment in permanent amenity zone enhancements to complement road design as laid out in the adopted 38th Avenue Corridor Plan.  Why or why not?

I do support the current street configuration on 38th Ave.  It is a necessary part of an improvement process for 38th Ave.  Due to varying right-of-way sizes on 38th the only way to establish a people centered and attractive street is to keep that configuration. The public process that took place on the issue shows that citizens overwhelming understand the issues and support the vision of a better street.

5. How would you support the funding of economic and community revitalization in the City of Wheat Ridge, including the general fund? (Disclosure: some of Localworks activities and programs are funded by the City of Wheat Ridge.)

Funding is a continual issue for Wheat Ridge.  Experience in the last 4 years shows that citizens of Wheat Ridge are not willing to support tax increases except for specified projects and with a specific ending date.  The conclusion is that we must work slowly, a step at a time, to fund improvements with existing income.  As citizens begin to see the giant improvements that are currently underway [Wheat Ridge Corners, West-end 38th] and the projects that are coming closer to visible construction [Wadsworth rebuild, the Gold Line Gateway neighborhood, Clear Creek Crossing] it may become more apparent that you have to spend money to make a better world.]

6. What have you done to support Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community?

The actions of my colleagues and I on council in the last 4 years show that most of us have worked diligently to overcome the many obstacles that were holding back renewal in our city.  The result is there.  New businesses on 38th as well as the many projects underway.    Sustainability is another issue – we have have not done well on that.  The Mayor, with the consent of Council, has appointed a very highly qualified citizen committee to study that issue.  They have made their first report to us and are continuing to work on a “next steps” document.

7. A healthy business environment requires a reliable electric grid, robust fiber network, and infrastructure such as water and sanitation pipework. In your view what is the role of the city in engaging with special districts and utility providers on the requirements of development and planning for the future?

The city does not provide water, sewer, fire service to our citizens.  Groundwater is a continual problem in our city and we have no organized method of handling groundwater in an environmentally responsible manner or in a safe manner.  Some citizens are faced with flooding every time there is a large rain or snow.  On another utility issue – high speed internet – many cities in Colorado are actively exploring a city run internet utility.  I believe that the city could supply high speed internet at a lower price and with privacy protected [not the case now].  The question with both of the above services is do citizens want it and if so, at what price?

8. The largest portion of revenue for the City of Wheat Ridge is sales tax. How would you help Wheat Ridge thrive as more consumer spending shifts to services and delivery over retail goods purchased in local stores?

Wheat Ridge and other cities must lobby hard to force online retailers to pay sales taxes.  We will die without it.

9. If you are elected, during your term the City of Wheat Ridge will celebrate 50 years since incorporation. What will you do to position the city for the next 50 years?

What will I do to position the city for it’s next 50 years – see answers 1-8.

Response from Candidate for City Council District 4 Val Nosler

1. Why are you the best candidate to represent your district?  Please relate your answer to your background, qualifications, values, and the needs of your district.

I am the best candidate for the position of City Council in the fourth district because I have extensive experience in helping Colorado communities thrive and I want to bring that experience to my hometown. My family has deep roots in Wheat Ridge. I am the fifth generation in my family to raise their kids here. I am running for City Council because I bring expertise and a fresh perspective our community needs. I am the only candidate running in District Four that has the skill set to collaborate with state agencies, special districts, neighboring communities, residents, business and other stakeholders to solve problems and get positive outcomes. I am running for council because I want to listen to what Wheat Ridge residents want and bring together great ideas to advance Wheat Ridge so that this community can thrive for generations to come.

Here is what I mean by experience; I currently work for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) where I work on disaster recovery and community resilience engagement and outreach. Wheat Ridge needs a voice on council that is focused on our community’s resiliency. Whether Wheat Ridge and the fourth district are faced with growth, housing insecurity, economic crisis or a natural disaster, our community must bounce back.

Take for example the hailstorms in May, now is the time to learn from this storm. We know hail will impact us again…and again, let’s be the community that comes together to respond and recover faster then the time before. This will improve the everyday lives of Wheat Ridge residents, businesses, city staff, neighboring communities and our ability to get back to enjoying our great community!

Prior to my current position I worked at the Colorado Lottery as the communications manager and oversaw community relations. My job there was amazing! I was the person that got to give out big checks to winners and I also worked with proceeds beneficiaries to help share their story. The Colorado Lottery funds Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST), Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) which funds parks and recreation, trails and other recreation infrastructure needs in communities. Prior to the Lottery I worked as Colorado Department of Human Services in communications. Before that I worked on Flood Recovery in Governor Hickenlooper’s office where I helped flood and fire impacted communities build back better and more resilient, and that work continues in my current position at DOLA.

I worked as Director of Scheduling for Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hickenlooper. Before that I worked for Indiana Senator Evan Bayh in Washington, DC. I was the Colorado Scheduler for President Obama’s 2008 campaign. My professional career began with Congressman Mark Udall as Scheduler and Legislative Correspondent in Washington, D.C.

First I was an intern for Congressman Udall while I attended Colorado State University. Go Rams! I have a degree in Journalism/Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. I am a Territorial Daughter, which means my great great grandmother was born in Colorado before it was a state. I am on the board of the Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado. I work with LocalWorks on the Activate 38 Commission finding ways to improve our neighborhood streets. Our home was featured on the 2015 LocalWorks Mid-Century Modern Home tour! We have probably met if you did the tour. Our house has the pink flamingo bathroom!

Val Facts: I have been married to Sam Beck for almost five years; he grew up in Greenwood Village and owns his own land brokerage business. Sam and I have daughter’s Coco (1) and Thalia (3), We bought our home in Wheat Ridge in 2013. My daughter attends Sts. Peter and Paul where my mother and her five brothers and sisters all attended elementary school in the 60’s. Thalia will attend Wilmore-Davis where my dad attended elementary school! I have a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification. On Saturday’s you can find our family on Clear Creek Trail riding bikes to Prospect Park or to swim at Anderson. On Sunday’s find Sam and I at a Broncos game or Thalia and I at Young’s Market, Sprouts, Safeway, Heinies or Edwards Meats picking out what’s for dinner. In the winter we ski Winter Park and sled in our backyard.

2. What do you think is the most important issue facing Wheat Ridge over the next two years and how would you propose to address it?

Wheat Ridge is at a pivotal crossroads and must find other sources of revenue. Let’s build on the great work that has been done and grow our sales tax revenue by promoting Wheat Ridge businesses and entice new business to move here. Businesses need to know that by staying, and moving to Wheat Ridge, they are supported by the city and community.

How to address it:

  • Improve infrastructure to improve access to local businesses.
  • Wheat Ridge has great programs in place that need to grow. The Facade Plus grant program is an example of a program that works. We can grow programs that improve business facades and “new looks” by promoting the success of these grant investments.
  • Must work with stakeholders to find other ways the city can support businesses.
  • Work with regional partners, state agencies, special districts, residents and neighboring communities to find efficiencies, revenue sources and find solutions.

3. What are your top two policy goals, why, and how should they be addressed?

We must advance welcoming & safe neighborhoods with creative low cost upgrades to help keep walkers & bikers of all ages safe. These upgrades will inform permanent infrastructure improvements to make our streets safer so we can access parks, public transportation and neighborhood schools. Now is the time to create a community outreach task force to address needs for residents in our community impacted by or experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness.

Let’s support thriving business in Wheat Ridge. In District Four businesses are conveniently located near Clear Creek trail, I-70, great restaurants, shopping and Lightrail. Let’s recruit new business by showcasing all Wheat Ridge has to offer for not just retailers and restaurants but also for businesses that want to improve their employees work life balance. Wheat Ridge has great programs in place that need to grow.

4. Would you support the current 3-lane configuration and investment in permanent amenity zone enhancements to complement road design as laid out in the adopted 38th Avenue Corridor Plan.  Why or why not?

This issue comes up 50 % of the time when I talk to neighbors as I knock doors in the Fourth District. I support that Wheat Ridge moved forward with this plan. I am in support of more walk able and bike able options for our community. I also enjoy this corridor quite a bit with my family. We love RidgeFest and the outdoor movies. We need to address that for a lot of our community these changes have been a hindrance and annoyance. Council’s priority needs to be how do we increase sales revenue with all development projects while improving quality of life for residents. On Council I would work to come to a conclusion on the future of 38th Ave. We need to advance the conversation to talking about other corridors in our city like West 44th, safer crossings for everyone and dangerous intersections. With this issue, unfortunately, we are not going to make everyone happy. Wheat Ridge Government’s role and goal should be to serve residents efficiently and effectively. Let’s get to a resolution on this and get to work on what is next for Wheat Ridge.

5. How would you support the funding of economic and community revitalization in the City of Wheat Ridge, including the general fund? (Disclosure: some of Localworks activities and programs are funded by the City of Wheat Ridge.)

The City of Wheat Ridge receives a large portion of its funding for the general fund and economic and community revitalization funding through sales tax revenue. With the recent closure of Wal-Mart in Wheat Ridge and nothing currently slated to take its place, our community must find efficiencies. The city must continue to work to entice new business to Wheat Ridge while also helping existing businesses grow. We do not know when the new big sales revenue-generating retailer will move into Wheat Ridge.

In the immediate future the City must work to find efficiencies in operations. The hailstorm was hard on residents, businesses and city staff worked tirelessly. The revenue generated through the permits will help fill in some gaps in the 2018 city budget. This is where my experience in building resiliency in communities comes into play, let’s learn from this and find ways to expedite the permitting process so we can get more out of each dollar.

The city needs to work with neighboring communities, state agencies and regional organizations to find efficient ways to generate and save funds. The city has shown this works through he 911 Communications Center Regionalization program. This program has saved the city over $300,000 by working with other communities in Jefferson County to consolidate call centers. On council I will look for opportunities find efficiencies in our current budget.

6. What have you done to support Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community?

I participate in the Activate 38 Coalition that works on finding creative solutions to making our neighborhood streets safer. My home is on a major cut through to Lutheran Hospital. It is very important to my neighbors and my family that I have a voice on a solution to make the street our kids and our neighbors use to walk to the park is safe for all ages.

One of the best parts of my City Council District 4 campaign is that I have worked with my family to uncover old family photos of our farm at 45th and Wadsworth and life in Wheat Ridge area over the past 150 years. Check it out by following me (Valerie Nosler) on Facebook.

My work experience I mentioned above demonstrates the work I have done to help make Colorado communities including Wheat Ridge more vibrant, resilient and sustainable. I am committed to working together to move forward while preserving what makes Wheat Ridge great!

7. A healthy business environment requires a reliable electric grid, robust fiber network, and infrastructure such as water and sanitation pipework. In your view what is the role of the city in engaging with special districts and utility providers on the requirements of development and planning for the future?

City Council should help residents and business owners find answers to issues they are dealing with in regards to infrastructure and utilities. City staff should work with city council and bring opportunities and recommendations to the council to find solutions to these issues. On council I would do my research on trends in other communities, special districts and utility providers to see what might work in Wheat Ridge. I have seen in many communities around the state what works and what doesn’t. Leadership takes hard work on the tough issues and I lead by listening and learning to make well informed decisions.

8. The largest portion of revenue for the City of Wheat Ridge is sales tax. How would you help Wheat Ridge thrive as more consumer spending shifts to services and delivery over retail goods purchased in local stores?

The city is doing a lot to encourage existing business and working hard to bring more business in. Big box stores are becoming a thing of the past…the facts are there. But businesses are moving to Colorado for our way of life, they want happy employees. We can learn from this trend. Let’s promote that Clear Creek Trail, local food markets; great restaurants, Denver and the mountains are in our backyard! I am a little biased but I think the Fourth District is a great place for outdoor businesses! I want to grow what is being done and work creatively with businesses and residents to come up with more ways to help move Wheat Ridge business forward!

9. If you are elected, during your term the City of Wheat Ridge will celebrate 50 years since incorporation. What will you do to position the city for the next 50 years?

The Fruitdale Project should be a beacon of how development in our city should work as we head into the future. This public and private partnership nurtures our past and also takes advantage of what Wheat Ridge already has going for it (access to public transportation, trails and parks, surrounded by great local businesses, etc.)! In the Fourth District I am so excited about where things are headed. Projects like the G-Line and Ward Station will give us the opportunity to further define our community to potential new businesses. All of us in Wheat Ridge know how great it is to live and work here. There are great opportunities for existing businesses with this project and for new businesses. As this conversation and planning moves forward I have the experience of bringing ALL stakeholders together to gather input for positive outcomes. I want to help all of 44th Avenue gain steam from this project! The LightRail station will be catalyst to have bigger conversation about transportation and infrastructure in our community. This project will take years (like 30 years) to accomplish, but on City Council I will work hard to keep the community and the Fourth District informed each step of the way.

My great grandparents made Wheat Ridge their home and chose this community to build their livelihood. Now Sam and I are raising our girls here too, because Wheat Ridge is a great community. On city council I will strive to move Wheat Ridge forward together while preserving what makes our community great.

Response from Candidate for City Council District 4 Leah Dozeman*

1. Why are you the best candidate to represent your district? Please relate your answer to your background, qualifications, values, and the needs of your district.

As a lifelong resident of Wheat Ridge, that has presided in District IV for 22 of the 26 years, I have developed deep relationships with my neighbors, local businesses, and neighborhood. I have a Bachelor’s in Political Science and an Associate’s in Entrepreneurial Studies that I earned because of my interest in policy, particularly as it pertains to state and local issues and the economy. I also have a passion for education and how to ensure that every student receives a quality education that prepares them for their future. I attended Fruitdale Preschool, Pennington Elementary, and Everitt Middle school. Pennington was unexpectedly put on a closure list this last February and I worked alongside parents and community members to prevent the school from closing. We need to strengthen our neighborhood school and local economy, including attracting new businesses and business improvements in order to entice young families to buy homes here.

I have joined Pennington’s PTA as Vice-President and have committed myself to being the School Accountability Committee Chair to take a hands on approach with lifting up the school and its reputation and to understand the inner-workings of public education, how funds are allocated, and to build community/school relationships. I work as Program Director for Personal Achievement Martial Arts (PAMA), a local small business because I know that small businesses are the backbone of Wheat Ridge and PAMA gives back to the community, which coincides with my core values. I have also served as Secretary and Parade Chair for the Carnation Festival, bringing neighbors of all ages together to celebrate the city that we love!

2. What do you think is the most important issue facing Wheat Ridge over the next two years and how would you propose to address it?

As a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community and having a high percentage of renters in District IV, we have less families taking root in Wheat Ridge and thus less students in our schools. We have seen detrimental school closures within our community that has had a negative ripple effect. We need to shed our schools in a positive light, support and enhance on their strengths, and make Wheat Ridge a place that families flock to. This will promote home ownership and investment into Wheat Ridge. Diversifying our demographic will then begin to attract a variety of businesses and we will see a wonderful mixture of generations. I would propose facade improvements, walkable routes to schools, local civic engagement with schools, and continued development, particularly of the 44th Ave and Kipling area.

3. What are your top two policy goals, why, and how should they be addressed?

Pride in homeownership/investment in updating commercial properties and encouraging aesthetically pleasing improvements through current facade programs and offering micro-loans or grants to small businesses that desire to update or expand. I believe that making Wheat Ridge a destination for people to live and invest in is important. We want to attract young families to the area to strengthen our schools. I had a lot of fellow children on my block to play with and frolic on the greenbelt with and would like that for my sons.
Safe neighborhoods where neighbors look out for one another and feel secure living in. I believe setting up Neighborhood Watch Programs that include local businesses and implementing targeted crime prevention is a great way to promote strong neighborhoods that deter criminal behavior. I would like to have peace of mind allowing my child to walk/bike to school, which means safe routes and addressing community concerns such as drugs, thefts, and illegal camping. I believe that local law enforcement partnering with businesses, non-profit organizations, and neighbors will allow for us to address these issues as a united community, getting people the resources they need and allowing for everyone’s safety.

4. Would you support the current 3-lane configuration and investment in permanent amenity zone enhancements to complement road design as laid out in the adopted 38th Avenue Corridor Plan. Why or why not?

No. I believe that the majority of residents voted this down when ballot initiative 2B failed in 2014. I would promote a smaller Main Street area and a compromise of either 1) changing the street to a 4 lane configuration and reducing (and enforcing) the speed limit OR 2) continuing the streetscape plan that was used East of Harlan, all along 38th Ave. I would much rather have consistency with streetscape than argue over the number of lanes but I do agree that ADA compliant sidewalks along that area are necessary and important, as do I believe that it’s an issue that should be addressed all across the city.

5. How would you support the funding of economic and community revitalization in the City of Wheat Ridge, including the general fund? (Disclosure: some of Localworks activities and programs are funded by the City of Wheat Ridge.)

Everyone has chosen Wheat Ridge for what it is and I believe that while there is always room for improvement, we have to move forward by paying homage to what makes our city great. I first and foremost would support efforts to support small businesses, safe neighborhoods, and strong schools. I believe that these are the glue that hold our community together and when we see revitalization efforts around these pillars, we build a strong economy. I would support the continued efforts of facade improvements for local businesses. I would also like to see more support for small businesses that want to expand in the community. Continuing crime prevention efforts, encouraging Neighborhood Watch Programs, clean-up days, and connections between neighbors and with local law enforcement are all vital to safe neighborhoods. I also love the urban farming allowed within our city limits and believe that it lends to our agricultural roots while also promoting sustainability so would encourage growth within that framework.

6. What have you done to support Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community?

I have participated in the grassroots organization, Wheaties Academy that teaches residents civic leadership. With my group of Wheaties, we planned and carried out an event, “Connect 2 Creek” that highlighted the area of Lena Gulch along the Clear Creek trail and its ecological assets. We held an event that included art by local artists in the tunnel, educational opportunities, and fun activities. I have also served on the Carnation Festival Board as Secretary and Parade Chair, which plans and puts on the largest festival in the city that draws in people of all ages to celebrate our incorporation while enjoying local food, live music, a carnival, and the best part…friends and neighbors. The Carnation Parade showcases businesses, schools, and service organizations within our community and the metro area. I have been honored to Chair such a community tradition.

7. A healthy business environment requires a reliable electric grid, robust fiber network, and infrastructure such as water and sanitation pipework. In your view what is the role of the city in engaging with special districts and utility providers on the requirements of development and planning for the future?

If it’s for public projects or code enforcement, then it is within their purview. When it comes to forcing businesses to adhere to extravagant red tape to comply with the city’s desired improvements, I begin to find an issue with government overreach. Planning for the future and being updated is a great goal to have and the city should be able to work with special districts but I believe the requirements of those districts for development projects is sufficient enough without adding additional guidelines.

8. The largest portion of revenue for the City of Wheat Ridge is sales tax. How would you help Wheat Ridge thrive as more consumer spending shifts to services and delivery over retail goods purchased in local stores?

I would promote an increase of Arts and Entertainment businesses within our area. Unique, quality experiences and service are still in demand. People are opting more for traveling and dining out. I think it would be wise to attract family friendly restaurants, tourist experiences, and lodging that offers a short commute to Denver or the Rocky Mountains, with the quiet serenity of a small town. We have a lot to build on in Wheat Ridge!

9. If you are elected, during your term the City of Wheat Ridge will celebrate 50 years since incorporation. What will you do to position the city for the next 50 years?

My parents have lived here 26 years and plan to retire here. I also plan to stay in Wheat Ridge and most likely retire here. The future, however, belongs in the hands of the next generation that comes of age. I plan to position this city as one that has strong, quality schools, which provide opportunities for students, no matter their background. I plan for Wheat Ridge to be an inclusive community comprised of multi generations that choose to live, work, and play within its boundaries as much as possible because there is no place like home.

*Received September 28

Update from Localworks

After 11 years of service and commitment to the Wheat Ridge community, Britta Fisher is resigning as Executive Director of Localworks to accept a different position. Britta is immensely proud of all that Localworks has been able to accomplish during her tenure and will continue to support Wheat Ridge as a citizen of her community.

Britta’s leadership has been instrumental in creating a strong and sustainable organization, and she leaves Localworks in the hands of a very capable team and Board of Directors. All of us here at Localworks look forward to continuing our work to create and support a thriving Wheat Ridge.

Interview with the 2016 Ridge at 38 Criterium Winners

Emily Jordan after her win at the 2016 Ridge at 38 Criterium.

This week we caught up with two of our big winners from the 2016 Ridge at 38 Criterium and Brewfest. Check out a little about their history with cycling and why they love to participate in our race in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Taylor Warren – Men’s Professional Race Winner
Originally from Florida, Taylor is a recent CSU sports medicine graduate and has lived in Fort Collins for five years where he owns a small cycling coaching business, @wascoaching. Taylor says he races more or less full time with a brand new Boulder based team, the 303 Project. Taylor began racing in the fall of 2009 in Florida. His dad is an avid cyclist and as a junior in high school, Taylor started going for rides with him.

Taylor races in criteriums primarily for fun and to build short term power. Taylor says, “Criteriums are great as a race form because they are very spectator friendly. Usually the crowd really gets behind the race as the circuits are rarely over a mile in length.  Criteriums are also a great way to showcase a town and build up local businesses!”

Taylor raced in the 2015 and 2016 Ridge at 38 Criteriums and won both years. When asked about his time spent racing in Wheat Ridge, Taylor says, “Both times I’ve come down, it seems that the community really gets behind the race, people come out to cheer and it is incredible to win in front of a crowd that really seems to back the race. Ridge at 38 brings an amazing atmosphere out for the event and I can’t wait to return and toe the line with my 303 Project team members!” We can’t wait to have you back, Taylor! Good luck going for a third consecutive win.

Emily Jordan – Women’s Professional Race Winner
Emily grew up in Durango and loves everything outdoors, especially skiing, cycling, and playing in mountain lakes. She’s trilingual and uses her language skills to pursue her love of traveling. In fact, at the end of the month, she’s going to watch the start of the Tour de France near her family’s hometown in Germany.  Emily currently works as a medical assistant and is in the process of applying to medical school.

Emily began cycling in 2014. She has a few competitive cyclists in her family, so when she was looking for a new sport, she figured she would try out cycling. She says that she entered her first race at the end of the 2015 season and was quickly hooked.

Of this racing form, Emily says, “Criteriums are FUN!  They are fast-paced, they require technical skill and solid bike-handling, and team dynamics play a huge role. They are also really spectator-friendly because of the short courses, so it’s always fun to have lots of people out cheering you on!” She also enjoys criteriums because they almost never play out in the way you expect.

Last year’s Ridge at 38 Criterium was a really special race for Emily.  It was her first race as a category 2 racer, and she says that she had no idea what she was getting herself into. Her coach and teammates were trying to put together race plans and kept telling her where to attack, but she says that her main goal was to survive the race. Of that final race, she says, “A couple girls started attacking early in the race, and I was determined not to let them get away. I ended up in what turned out to be the perfect break. Another rider and I worked well together and had teammates working for us back in the main pack. I ended up beating her in the sprint and walking away from my first [category] 2 race as the Colorado State Criterium Champion – that was definitely a race I will never forget!” We were happy to be a part of that special memory, Emily! We look forward to watching you race again this year.

Excited to see which professional and amateur racers will take home bragging rights and cash prizes this year? Don’t miss Sunday, June 11th, Ridge at 38 Criterium and Brewfest! Learn more here.

TLC Wheat Ridge Clean Up Days are Back This Summer

We all know how bad that last hail storm hit Wheat Ridge and now we have to figure out what to do with all of the debris on our properties! First, you can contact your trash company and let them know you will have extra bags to pick up. Often times, they will pick up the extra bags for free in light of  the recent weather events.  The next option is to bring them to an upcoming TLC Wheat Ridge Clean Up Days event near you.

TLC Wheat Ridge is a partnership between the City of Wheat Ridge and Localworks to improve quality of life and prevent crime in targeted neighborhoods. This year, our popular Clean Up Days have been expanded to serve the whole city with one drop off day in each City Council District.

Winning Photos of Wheat Ridge Unveiled

Best in Contest

This past October through January, Localworks held the Capture Wheat Ridge photo contest. We asked residents to submit photos that exemplified what captures them about Wheat Ridge and its history. There were 78 eligible photo submissions and three photo categories – community, history and agriculture. After the entry period, the judges deliberated and chose the winners. The judges of the contest were professional photographers Blu Hartkopp, Patricia Barry Levy and Wheat Ridge Mayor Joyce Jay.

Agriculture Category Winner

The judges chose a Best in Contest winner, a top winner in each category, and 11 honorable mentions. The Photo Contest Sponsor, Metro Frame Works, framed all of the winning photos and matted all of the honorable mentions. Andrea Haydon won the Best in Contest. One of the judges described her reaction to the winning photograph:

[I] love how this beautiful photograph captures a carefree moment of summer. The composition is great and the light is wonderful. And Clear Creek is such a special spot in Wheat Ridge. There weren’t any others quite like it.

Community Category Winner

Stephanie Shearer was the agriculture category winner. Sonya Maldonado was the community category winner. Viviana Rueda was the history category winner. The photographers of the 11 honorable mentions were Amanda Mehra Breitenbach, Andrea Haydon, Becky Olstad, Jamie Efaw, Jodi Nemeth (photographer of 3 honorable mentions), Mick Brungardt, Paul Iwancio (photographer of 2 honorable mentions) and Scott Wesley.

History Category Winner

Localworks unveiled the winning photographs at the Capture Wheat Ridge Celebration on April 1. At the celebration, the Best in Contest winner was awarded $500 and each of the category winners received $100. The winning photographs will be displayed at City Hall for the month of April. Next, the winners and all of the honorable mentions will move to the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. The Recreation Center will display them for all of May and June.

Congratulations to the contest winners and thank you to all of the community members that submitted their photos for consideration.  Please continue to #CaptureWheatRidge.

Localworks is hiring

Localworks is pleased to announce an open position with our organization.

Activate 38 Coordinator

Localworks believes in Wheat Ridge. We connect neighbors and businesses to create a vibrant, engaged community. Our work is interesting, locally focused and involves community building.  If this is a possible fit for you or someone you know, please pass along this job description.

Applications are processed in an ongoing fashion until the position is filled. Application instructions are at the bottom of the position description.

2017 Capture Wheat Ridge Photo Contest

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The Capture Wheat Ridge Photo Contest (“Photo Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old. Board Members, Employees, interns, or Fund Development Committee members of Localworks, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.


The Photo Contest is sponsored by Localworks, incorporated as Wheat Ridge 2020, 7391W 38th Ave, Suite 130, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 (“Sponsor”). This Photo Contest is in no way sponsored by, endorsed by, administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram.


The Photo Contest begins at 12:00am MST on October 21, 2016 and ends at 11:59pm MDT on January 15, 2017 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Photo Contest.


Localworks is committed to a vibrant and sustainable Wheat Ridge and we want to see it through your eyes. For our 2017 Photo Contest, we’d like to know: how do you experience Wheat Ridge? What about Wheat Ridge captures you? What has captured you from Wheat Ridge’s history? Capture those vibrant moments and express what Wheat Ridge means to you!
To ensure eligibility for the contest, please submit files no larger than 20MB at the time of entry. Higher resolution files of at least 300 dpi/ppi will be requested should an entry be preselected to be awarded a prize or an honorable mention. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically in a .JPEG .jpg, or.png form. Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image are acceptable.

Entries should include metadata if at all possible. Caption information should include:
• Location
• Name of location (ex: Anderson Park)
• Approximate address or cross streets within the City of Wheat Ridge
• Detailed caption of subject matter
Previously published material for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be entered as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license (see “Your Rights” below). You must be able to disclose when and where the photo appeared previously to Localworks upon request.

If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to Localworks upon request.

The following submissions are ineligible:
• Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright.
• Photos that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content.
• Images that involve willful harassment or damage to the people or property by the photographer.
• Images that involve putting any individual or animal in danger.
• Images taken outside of Wheat Ridge.
Localworks shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion.


All images must be submitted though:
• our photo submission form including all required fields, including name, email and other information about your photo submission
• Photo post on the Localworks Facebook page with hashtag #CaptureWheatRidge and the category name
• Instagram with the hashtag #CaptureWheatRidge and the category name in your post.
You can select an image directly from your computer desktop, or submit images from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for consideration in the contest.

You may enter up to ten times, but you may not use an agency or automated system to enter. Sponsor reserves the right to reject any additional entries or entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.
Entrants may be asked to supplement their submission (such as with a paragraph about their photo or the highest resolution version of their photo) anytime on or after January 15, 2017.


Photos will be judged on originality, technical excellence and composition, overall impact, artistic merit and Wheat Ridge story or significance. Judging will be conducted by a panel of local photographers to be selected by the Localworks at its sole discretion (the “Panel”). The Panel will evaluate all valid entries and pick the following winners in the following categories:
1. Overall Best in Contest (1 winner): You’ve nailed it. Your image rises above the rest and encapsulates our community in a stunning way.
2. Categories:
1. Community (1 winner): Illustrates the Wheat Ridge community in a clear and compelling way.
2. History (1 winner): Best photo showing Wheat Ridge history that is taken before 2006. Please take care to ensure you have the rights for the photo you scan.
3. Agriculture (1 winner): Illustrates agriculture in Wheat Ridge.
3. Honorable Mentions (Up to 12 honorable mentions will be selected at discretion of the Panel): Quality images that showcase Wheat Ridge.
All potential winners will be revealed online within 10 days of April 1, 2017.
All judging decisions are final. Please do not contact us about the status of entries or judging.
Localworks will notify the winners via the contact information provided at the time of entry.


Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, statement of originality, certification of place captured in Wheat Ridge, and liability/publicity release within 14 days. If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf. If a potential winner fails to return these documents on time, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place.


Localworks will award the following prizes.
One (1) Overall Best in Contest winner will receive:
• $500.
• A photo mention in digital presences of Localworks.
• Placement in the annual report for Localworks.
• Two tickets to Capture Wheat Ridge Celebration on April 1, 2017.
• A framing design session with the creative and experienced staff at Metro Frame Works. Their winning photo will be framed using museum quality materials at a value up to $500.
• Total Value: $1050
One (1) Community category winner will receive:
• $100.
• Mention in digital presences of Localworks.
• One ticket to Capture Wheat Ridge Celebration on April 1, 2017.
• A framing design session with the creative and experienced staff at Metro Frame Works. Their winning photo will be framed using museum quality materials at a value up to $500.
• Total Value: $625
One (1) History category winner will receive:
• $100.
• Mention in digital presences of Localworks.
• One ticket to Capture Wheat Ridge Celebration on April 1, 2017.
• A framing design session with the creative and experienced staff at Metro Frame Works. Their winning photo will be framed using museum quality materials at a value up to $500.
• Total Value: $625
One (1) Agriculture category winner will receive:
• $100.
• Mention in digital presences of Localworks.
• One ticket to Capture Wheat Ridge Celebration on April 1, 2017.
• A framing design session with the creative and experienced staff at Metro Frame Works. Their winning photo will be framed using museum quality materials at a value up to $500.
• Total Value: $625
Up to 12 honorable mention winners will receive:
• Mention on Localworks photo contest page
• Invitation to a matting and mounting demonstration at Metro Frame Works (date TBA) and will have their photo submission matted professionally at no charge
• Total Value: $40
Prizes will only be shipped to an address in the United States. The professional matting and design sessions may only be claimed in person at Metro Frame Works.
All winners are responsible for paying any income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. If the prize value equals or exceeds $600, a winner will need to complete, sign and return an IRS W-9 form prior the award of any prize. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. A winner may not request a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.
Your photographs help Localworks celebrate and promote the community of Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Thank you for helping to further our mission through your photography.
You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit — including ownership if applicable.
If you submit a photograph to enter the Photo Contest, you grant Localworks a royalty-free, nonexclusive right during the Photo Contest to:
• Display the photograph on the Localworks website.
• Allow third-parties to share the photograph on the following social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
If your photograph is formally honored by the competition as a winner or an honorable mention, you grant Localworks a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:
• Use the photograph on the Internet and in Social Media in support of our mission.
• Use the photograph in Localworks internal and external communications materials including but not limited to websites and web publications, fact sheets, fund raising publications, advertising, multimedia, presentation and membership services, and annual report.
• Provide your photograph to other individuals and organizations for Localworks use in news stories, newsletters, reports, slide shows, displays, web pages, videos, promotions of the Wheat Ridge community, and the like.
• Use, in connection with the Photo Contest, your name, city, and state in promotions and other publications.
• Retain a digital copy of your photograph that will be archived in the Localworks photo library and accessible to Localworks staff via the Localworks internal online photo archive.
Localworks will endeavor to credit all photographs with the caption “Person’s Name” when the full name is available and space and context allow.


In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Photo Contest is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Photo Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Photo Contest; or (b) award the prize(s) from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Photo Contest, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Photo Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.


By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, Instagram, their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Photo Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Photo Contest; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) late or undelivered mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Photo Contest; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property. You waive the right to claim any attorneys fees and any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


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Localworks Resolution 2016

Resolution of Support for City of Wheat Ridge Ballot Question 2E

WHEREAS, Localworks is a 501(c)3 organization advancing Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community and may support policies that impact our mission;

WHEREAS, the citizen-led DIRT Task Force identified needed infrastructure projects and together worked with City Council to prioritize four projects that are important to the economic health, safety, and vitality of our city. City Council unanimously agreed to present this to the voters and ask all of us to say YES to Wheat Ridge;

WHEREAS, these projects are the vision of people of people who live in Wheat Ridge. The idea for this investment came from our community and it will benefit our community. We know the value of our unique city, and we want to preserve what makes Wheat Ridge special;

WHEREAS, 2016 ballot question 2E will allow income-producing investments and an increase in quality services that will provide long-term economic benefits to Wheat Ridge residents and businesses. Improving traffic flow and active transportation infrastructure along Wadsworth will support existing businesses and encourage the opening of new ventures. The investment in Clear Creek Crossing will provide infrastructure for an area that will generate new sales and property tax revenue for the city. Investments in the Ward Road Commuter Rail Station and Anderson Park will contribute to the livability and attractiveness of Wheat Ridge for residents and businesses;

WHEREAS, 2E allows us to protect Wheat Ridge’s legacy and invest in our future. Wheat Ridge needs to say YES to investments that will retain our small-town heritage and add to our quality residents and businesses. Wheat Ridge needs to say YES to making our community safe and strong by updating existing areas and building great new places. This is a sales tax increase of just a half percent, which is only a nickel for a ten dollar purchase. The sales tax is limited to 12 years. Wheat Ridge’s sales tax is currently below the average rate of nearby cities and this temporary increase will bring us in line with the average.

WHEREAS, Ballot Question 2E is a great deal for Wheat Ridge residents, and we get a better deal if we begin now. It is estimated that visitors pay about half of our sales taxes, so those who contribute to some of the stress on our systems will help pay for the solutions. Voting yes on 2E will allow us to access up to $38 million in federal and state grants for Wadsworth traffic congestion relief alone. If we don’t agree to invest in our community by supporting 2E, we lose our place in line and could potentially wait decades to have access to state and federal money again to solve this problem.

NOW THEREFORE, We the Board of Directors of Localworks, incorporated as Wheat Ridge 2020, do RESOLVE to support and to endorse the YES Wheat Ridge campaign and a YES vote on 2016 ballot question 2E.

Christina Pulciani is here today for when tomorrow gets too unpredictable

Depending on whom you ask, and what it’s covering, insurance can be quite a sensitive topic to broach with just about anyone. As hard as it can be to think about, and as much as we don’t want to discuss it, there are events that happen in life. Unpredictable things can occur too, and when those extreme circumstances come together to form the perfect storm in our lives, it’s usually in those moments that we need and finally recognize the value of our insurance.

Born and raised in Denver, Christina Pulciani is home grown insurance agent, with Italian roots. When not consulting clients about the important decisions of today, she volunteers her time, and regularly donates money to higher pursuits for a greater tomorrow. For example, she is also a meditation practitioner and helps BeMindful, a nonprofit that teaches meditation, clarity and mindfulness to kids at the high school level, as well as at homeless shelters.

Equally talented as she is humble, Christina shares that it’s hard work. It’s not that people think they are invincible, there wouldn’t be insurance if that was the case, but most times it’s because people don’t want to spend the money, or they just get the cheapest insurance they can find. Worse, some potential clients don’t always think about certain insurances being a necessity.
I wouldn’t have guessed that Christina has been in the insurance industry for over 16 years; immediately after meeting her, I noticed how laid back she was, and made note of her friendly demeanor. Our interview ran longer than most I’ve done, and one of my favorite parts about it was sharing quotes with one another that have inspired us. She went on to explained how when she started out, it was from the bottom, and she had very little help. Faced with many forks in the road at different points throughout her life, it was the events of 9/11 that has left a large impact on her to this day. After moving 5 times, she’s happiest with her newest location which is easily accessible off 44th Ave.
Do you need a new insurance policy, or have you think about switching companies? Christina is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm, located at 6701 W. 44th Ave Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Call (303) 463-1750 today for more information or to set up an appointment!

Tell me about your business – What got you or it started? How did the idea for your business come about?
I’ve been an All State agent for 16 years as of September 11th. I was one year into the business, and that’s when 9/11 hit and I thought, “oh my god, what am I going to do!?” I was still waiting to get a contract from being a scratch agent, and I didn’t have any customers at all – I worked for state farm for 3 years before that, so I had a really good base, then an opportunity showed up and all state was like ‘let’s give you a business’ so I was ‘okay cool, let see what happens’. However, I started out with nothing when opening my agency off 38th. No calls, no customers and little to no help. I was at that location for about 3 years and then moved 5 times since, all within Wheat Ridge. I’ve tried to stay inside the city; my son plays football for a local league and my kid’s go to school in Wheat Ridge. The reason why I moved to the new location I’m at is because I’ve always wanted to have a house – I’ve always wanted a place where people can drive up to that’s not your typical office, it’s got that home feel. We do our insurance reviews over a coffee table or in the kitchen, just like what was done back in the day. I think it’s a really good fit, it’s a great location and we have our own parking lot with all appropriate signage.
It really fits the Wheat Ridge mantra – being a little more laid back
Yes, exactly! And that’s very much me- I’m a trusted advisor and I’ve learned it’s really about listening to and taking care of our customers – making sure they know what they’re have and why they have it. Cheaper isn’t necessarily better and I think that’s one of the most important parts – I think doctors, and attorneys, and insurance agents are the ones that take care of things when the house burns down, or when someone is injured in a car accident, they call us. People don’t always think about that when they pay their car insurance. People don’t always see the value in our services until an unfortunate day comes in their life. We’re the ones that calm you down and walk you through the processes. We really emphasize that it’s about service and not price, we’ve really tried to create that environment, and I think we were successful doing that here. I’d really like to buy the property when my lease it up, but we’ll see if that’s a possibility in three years.
I’m from Denver; I was born and raised here. My family owned a few bars and a restaurant growing up as a kid – most everyone in my family is entrepreneurs so I kind of had no choice. As far as the community, we are in connecting with Family Tree, so we are one of their main sponsors – AllState does the abuse awareness month, and we also have the Purple Purse Foundation, which were able to give them a $1000 grant to help with their growth, as well as all states general stance on domestic violence – they have some really great videos about it. I’m also part of a company called BeMindful (website here if possible), which teaches meditation and clarity to kids in the high school level, as well as at homeless shelters, so we do all of that which a bit different than most insurance companies. Last weekend for example, I help a car wash to help with the Wheat Ridge Farmers.

How long have you been located or have lived in Wheat Ridge for? Or why did you move/relocate to Wheat Ridge?
Well we lived in Wheat Ridge. Commuting at the time to where I worked before was long, but being able to create a business within the city where my kids go to school in, and to be part of the community for more exposure, was all a big deal. I used to have park benches with my name on them in different places. It was good for me being a female business owner with kids in school being able to leave and go pick them up and bring them right back to work with me was a very big convince. That small town feel, where we worked and lived, to be a part of that was really important to me. That said, I do have a big group of clients from the highlands, but over 20% of my clients are from Wheat Ridge, which I hope only continues to increase.

What has been your biggest success for your business? What has been the biggest challenge?
With moving 5 times, the biggest challenge has been to find the right location – I was in a bank building, then I was street level, then I moved to a retail center of 38th and Sheridan, then I moved back to a bank building off 38th, and now I’m back to being on street level, so I think for me the biggest challenge has been the exposure and letting people know we’re here. I’ve learned that it’s finding what works best for my clients, this new location, which we’ve been at for just over a year, and it has been the best location so far. The 2007-2008 economy was also a challenge, people that were entering the insurance industry then seemed to be solely in it for the money, I also almost sold my business then, but the people interested didn’t seem to care about maintaining those relationships that I spent years building, and cared for. I ended up not being able to leave.For our biggest success, I would say it’s the people who trust us and recommend us, that’s the biggest success. When people come up to me and say we hear “you’re the best at what you do”, or “my mom has insurance through you, and we like you and want to do the same” – to get that kind of feedback reminds me of why I come here every day. Honestly, when I walk through the door and I see my name on it, I still think that’s weird. But I’m still here doing what I do and doing what I love, I’m part of a community, and I try to give back, all 16 years later. Without my clients, what’s my purpose? I’m here because they’re here, every week, Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5pm.

Does your organization have any big plans for 2016/2017
For the rest of the year, we’re sponsoring BeMindful ‘s push to get into more school districts, as well as our year end self-awareness about life insurance and why you should have it, then finally our financial assistance planning. Towards the end of the year, budget are tight, fiscal years are changing, so we think it’s a great time to sit down with clients and help them on their road to success for the following year. We take a look back on what they’ve created for the past year, and help align their goal what they want to focus on as well. Although shit is really our wind down time because of all the holidays, people are shopping, Christmas is around the corner- it’s still a good time to talk to people about insurance because they’re around their families, and showing them the importance of if a loved one were to pass away, would they would be taken care of? It’s never fun, even being on the other side knowing that we didn’t have those discussions until it was too late, but opening up the conversation early really helps people be more aware.

Do you have any hobbies or special interests? What is your favorite thing to do while in Wheat Ridge for fun?
My special interest would be that I’m also a meditation practitioner, so I lead groups on a weekly basis over the past 6 years – we use some of this space here for that as well so that way we can create a balance from the insurance industry and the mind as well. My other hobbies would be motorcycles, I ride a 650 VStar Custom because I’m shorter but I don’t have any tattoos, I just enjoying owning a motorcycle, and being out and doing fun stuff in the neighborhood. The best part about Wheat Ridge is the restaurants, there are some really cool places here, and one of my favorites is Granny’s Goodies right over here off of Harlan – supreme Italian food and great desserts! And I love being able to take a break to go sit in a park somewhere, we have some amazing parks in Wheat Ridge. The park they just built up the street, I was so happy to see them do something with that wide open space.

If a young entrepreneur walked up and asked for your advice but you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be?
To find their why… Why they want to be in business, what’s going to drive them, what’s going to keep them motivated and moving forward. Without your why, you don’t have a purpose. You gotta have direction, a mission – like what’s going to really make you want to get up every single day for the rest of your life – it could be your family that you go to work for, maybe it’s your future – but there’s always has be a direction. Being an entrepreneur, you’re your own boss and if you want to be truly successful, it isn’t easy. I remind myself every day when I walk through the door that I don’t have anyone to tell me what to do every day, so then I think, “well what AMI GOING TO DO?” A successful entrepreneur is someone who can really be accountable for themselves. So that’s what I’d say, be accountable for yourself, know your why, develop your mission statement, and be around the spear of influence of other people – other peers, coaching each other, that’s really where it helps. Get to know other people who are successful, there’s a reason why they are- you can’t soar with the eagles if you’re hanging out with the turkeys.

If you had the power to solve one and only one problem in the world, what would it be and why?
I would change or eliminate domestic violence

If you could high five one person, living or not, who it be? Or who is or has been your biggest inspiration?
Tony Robbins, he has been such a big inspiration to me!

Call 303.463.1750 today to set up an appointment with Christina or visit her on Allstate’s website at: to learn about the services she has to offer.