New Denver Food Vision provides blueprint for a healthier, stronger, more resilient Denver

DENVER — Following a series of 22 public outreach events earlier this year, the City and County of Denver has completed its initial draft of the Denver Food Vision, a policy document intended to guide the development of the city’s food system. The document is open for public review and comment from now through January 31, 2017.

The Denver Food Vision sets forth an ambitious, comprehensive approach to further develop Denver’s food system. The first document of its kind for Denver—and one of only about a dozen nationwide—the vision includes priorities, strategies and winnable goals to provide direction related to land use, public investment and public-private partnerships. The vision focuses on the multiple ways food makes Denver more inclusive, healthy, vibrant and resilient.

“From farm to table, Denver’s food system presents an incredible opportunity to strengthen the health of our communities, as well as promote business development and job creation,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Through this community vision, we will have a solid framework in place to help guide public and private resources to build a stronger, more resilient Denver. 

Priorities detailed in the 35-page vision include:

  • Invest in building complete neighborhood food environments
  • Encourage community food production and sharing
  • Improve access to a wide variety of healthy food options
  • Ensure that healthy food is affordable for everyone
  • Promote healthy food environments and education for youth
  • Increase community food demand for healthy foods
  • Promote Denver as an epicenter for the food economy
  • Support the creation, expansion and success of food businesses in Denver
  • Spur innovation and entrepreneurship across food and agricultural industries
  • Preserve remaining regional food system assets and infrastructure
  • Promote environmentally responsible and climate smart food systems

The City and County of Denver will present key highlights of the draft vision and collect feedback at the following public meetings:

Thursday, January 12, 2017
3-4:30 p.m.
Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West

Thursday, January 12, 2017
6-7:30 p.m.
Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.

Feedback can also be submitted via the following online survey, or by emailing questions or comments to [email protected]. Public comments will be collected through January 31, 2017.

Development of the Denver Food Vision was guided by the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, in conjunction with Denver City Council members, 92 community and industry co-sponsors, and an interagency working group that included the Department of Community Planning and Development, Office of Economic Development, Denver Public Health, Department of Environmental Health, Office of Children’s Affairs, Denver Human Services, and CSU Extension Denver County. 

The public engagement process for the development of the draft plan featured 11 community listening sessions and 11 focus groups with businesses across the local food supply chain. The process generated 4,918 comments from hundreds of residents and businesses across the city.

The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is dedicated to advancing economic prosperity for the City of Denver, its businesses, neighborhoods and residents. Working with a wide variety of community partners, OED operates to create a local environment that stimulates balanced growth through job creation, business assistance, housing options, neighborhood redevelopment and the development of a skilled workforce.


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A DUI in Colorado is now even more expensive

DENVER — The financial impact of a DUI is now even higher in Colorado.  The average cost of a first time DUI offense increased to $ 13,530 in 2016, that’s up nearly a third (32%) from the previous DUI calculation.  The new total comes as holiday parties and celebrations are ramping up, and law enforcement throughout the state is increasing patrols for impaired drivers.

A major factor in the increased cost of DUI: the average impaired driver in Colorado now qualifies as a Persistent Drunk Driver (PDD) based on blood alcohol content (BAC).  This year, the statewide average BAC in DUI cases was .164 – that’s more than twice the legal limit of .08.  The average BAC for DUI drivers in Denver mirrored the statewide average of .164 in FY16.  A driver with a BAC of .15 or greater is considered PDD – even if it’s the driver’s first offense.   In 2014 Colorado law lowered the threshold for PDD from .17 to .15. However, the state average BAC remained fairly steady – ranging from .16 to .164 in the past five years. A person who refuses chemical testing (blood, breath, saliva, urine) or with two or more impaired driving offenses will also be designated as PDD.

The PDD designation increases consequences for drivers. PDD drivers must have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles for 24 months and must complete weekly alcohol and drug education and treatment classes over nine months. These requirements alone account for 55 percent of the overall increase in the average cost of a DUI.

The overall cost of a first DUI was last calculated eight years ago.  That put the price of DUI at $ 10,270. The average cost is based on 22 different fees and expenses that a driver convicted of DUI would likely face.  These range from fees associated with detox or jail, court costs, probation fees, license reinstatement, and increases to auto insurance.

“Every DUI remains 100 percent preventable,” said Glenn Davis, a member of the Colorado Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving.  “Cabs, ride services, public transportation, or even buying dinner for a friend who will be your sober designated driver…they all cost money but not nearly as much as a DUI.  If there’s a chance you may become impaired, leave the vehicle at home.  It’s not worth the risk.”

More information is available at – a project of the Colorado Persistent Drunk Driver Committee which is comprised of the Colorado Department of Human Services, State Judicial Branch, Department of Transportation and the Department of Revenue.

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Broncos believe there's more to come for Wes Welker

Broncos believe there's more to come for Wes Welker
Yet as the Denver Broncos have rolled out to a 6-1 start, again with the league's highest-scoring offense, there are times when wide receiver Wes Welker's role has been almost ornamental. His 19 catches are his lowest total over the first seven games …
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More Light Rail construction traffic impacts

More Light Rail construction traffic impacts
22, 2014*, the Regional Transportation District's (RTD) contractor for the Gold Line, Denver Transit Partners (DTP),will close Ridge Road between Tabor and Swadley streets for continued construction. Work is scheduled to be completed within 14 days.
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Know more about direct marketing Denver

When it comes direct marketing Denver, it practically involves the selling of a product or service directly from the manufacture to the consumer. So what this means is that there is no one in between to make this bond possible. In general, you will see that there are many companies out there that are contacting their consumers when it comes to selling or advertising some of their products  and / or services.


So, knowing this, let us take a look at some of the advantage of direct marketing. First of all, if you will buy directly from the manufacturers, you will get to be let in on prices that are much lower than what you would originally pay for when you would buy the same products from retailers. Also, the loss or the profit can be determined far better when it comes to direct marketing.


There are also some disadvantages though that we will need to note down. First of all, when it comes to directly promoting some products and / or services, some clients might get to be offended of the continuous messaging that they are getting through their email. There are also a few forms of Denver Direct Marketing and they number Denver Direct Mail, telemarketing, voicemail and TV marketing.


One of the most highly used forms of marketing is that through E-mails. So, many E-mails get to be sent to certain people and if they will offer a positive response, then that will be good for the company that is sending out such Emails.


When it comes to telemarketing, people are practically called and they are advertised a product that they will be persuaded to buy. There are though not too many people out there that love this type of marketing so that is why most of the times it is not used and those that are being called, are oftentimes irritated.


When it comes to TV marketing, there are many commercials that try to portray the product that they would like others to buy, in a very convincing and persuasive way. You have seen many times the way that these people talk and act on TV. They are very persuasive and will certainly get to convince just about anyone watching their show. In the end, you should know that this type of marketing can be and it is very effective, but it needs to be very well organized.


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