Briefcase – June 27, 2014

BRIEFS

BandSwap, a program created by Fort Collins-based music nonprofit SpokesBUZZ to connect musicians from progressive cities around the nation with new fans, will send seven Colorado bands to play shows with partner bands in seven partner cities across the nation in late September, then bring the bands and their partners back to Colorado for a series of “Homecoming” shows and events in early October in Fort Collins and Denver. Returning as partner cities in the BandSwap 2014 program are Madison, Wis.; Chico, Calif.; Lafayette, La.; Portland, Ore.; and Nashville, Tenn. Athens, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., make up this year’s freshman class.

Sunetric, a wholly owned subsidiary of Louisville-based RGS Energy (Nasdaq: RGSE), deployed a 198.8-kilowatt photovoltaic system with automated curtailment and smart-grid controls at a beachfront resort on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The system is funded and owned by Kairos Energy Capital, a Hawaii-based merchant bank which finances and invests in solar.

Two Northern Colorado franchise restaurants – Perkins Restaurant and Bakery at 2051 N. Main St. in Longmont and Buffalo Wild Wings at 150 E. Harmony Road in Fort Collins – reopened after being closed for a few days in June for remodeling.

CLOSINGS

She She Beauty Bar closed its store at 115 E. Mountain Ave. in Fort Collins. Owner Susan Byrum still runs She She Nail and Wax Lounge, 2601 S. Lemay Ave., Suite 26.

CONTRACTS

Longmont-based Intrado, a provider of 911 technology solutions and a subsidiary of West Corp., announced the integration of Intrado Beware with Motorola Solutions’ Intelligent Data Portal, a mobile, cloud-based application that gathers contextual information from existing databases. It then organizes and maps this information using role-based layers to show the location and context of people, resources, events and developing situations.

juwi Wind Canada, Firelight Infrastructure Partners and four Nova Scotia-based community partners completed a $57 million non-recourse project financing for a 24 megawatt portfolio comprised of four separate community-owned wind energy projects in Nova Scotia. The North American headquarters of juwi is in Boulder.

The center for the ARCHER (Advanced Research Computing High End Resource) project, the United Kingdom’s fastest and primary academic research supercomputer, selected a T380 tape library manufactured by Boulder-based Spectra Logic Corp. to archive data for an academic research project. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The supercomputer is housed at the University of Edinburgh’s Parallel Computing Centre.

Johnny Alamo, a Boulder-based sports agent who left Warren Miller Entertainment to start his own agency, contracted with Mindshare to ink a television deal for the “Rise of Superman” project, based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name, and secured
The second is to secure new sponsorships and brand alignments for the 2015 World Alpine Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek.

KUDOS

Points West Community Bank, with locations including Greeley, Wellington and Windsor, was named a Top Performer in the June edition of ICBA Independent Banker, the magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America. The magazine pulled year-end Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data to identify community banks with the highest performance metrics – those with best returns on average asset ratios and equity ratios in six asset-size categories.

Weld County Commissioner Chairman Douglas Rademacher received the “Prairie Partner of the Year for 2013” award from the National Grasslands Council. He was nominated by Lori Bell, former acting district ranger for the Pawnee National Grassland, to recognize his dedication to improving communication and understanding of grassland issues.
Beth Gulley, purchasing and program manager at Gulley Greenhouse and Garden Center, 6029 S. Shields St. in Fort Collins, was named one of Greenhouse Product News’ 40 professionals younger than age 40 who are helping to mold the future of the horticulture industry.

Eleven students in the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley earned Ethical Leadership Certification from the Center for the Public Trust, a program that UNC plans to incorporate in some of its business college courses. Garett Lieber, Megan Loberg, Eric Roat, Kelley Robinson, Clay Reierson, Scott Schmaltz, Allison Snatchko, Patrick Sullivan, Jenna Vandenbark, Erika Wesselink and Haley Zink recently completed the program, introduced in January by the Nashville, Tenn.-based Center for Public Trust, an arm of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Jaeheon Kim and Jeewoo Lim, students at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, won 2014 Outstanding Senior Science Student scholarship awards from Fort Collins-based  Front Range Center for Brain & Spine Surgery.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Kennedy and Coe, LLC, a national accounting and consulting firm with an office in Loveland, will merge with Chico, Calif.-based certified public accountant firm Matson and Isom effective Jan. 1 pending final approvals from both firms.
 
MOVES

Gaithersburg, Md.-based MDA Information Systems LLC is moving its operations in Longmont to a larger space to accommodate plans to add up to 23 employees during the next two years. It will move from 1860 Industrial Circle, where it houses 28 employees, to a 10,754-square-foot space in the Xilinx Building at 1951 S. Fordham St. during September or October.
MDA, a subsidiary of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., provides remote sensing and GIS technologies.

Omni Bio Pharmaceutical Inc., a spinoff of University of Colorado technology, moved its headquarters from Greenwood Village to Fort Collins, although the change is somewhat symbolic at this point because the company is largely virtual. Omni Bio’s new headquarters is at 181 W. Boardwalk Drive; its acting controller lives in Fort Collins and works out of the headquarters part time.

Boulder-based Lucky’s Market is moving its headquarters from Gunbarrel to Niwot as the company continues the torrid growth pace begun last year when the local natural/organic grocery chain started expanding out of state. Lucky’s leased 13,700 square feet at 6328 Monarch Park Place in the Boulder Tech Center, near the intersection of Colorado Highways 52 and 119. The  new headquarters will be more than three times the size of its 4,200-square-foot Gunbarrel location.

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