Briefcase September 20, 2013


Applications are being taken through Sept. 27 for those wishing to fill vacancies on 24 boards and commissions for the city of Fort Collins. Board members advise the city council on issues related to housing, the environment, transportation, planning and development, human resources, utilities, and cultural and recreational services. Applicants may apply to two boards, but a separate application must be submitted for each. If appointed, applicants only will be appointed to one board or commission. Applicants much have lived for a year within the Fort Collins Growth Management Area, and be a registered voter. Apply online at More information is online at


AlphaGraphics Greeley will be official printer for the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and will donate a portion of its work. The Philharmonic, the longest-running orchestra in the Rocky Mountain region, holds its performances at the Union Colony Civic Center.


More than $90,000 was raised for local nonprofits Overland Mountain Bike Club, Bike Fort Collins and Fort Collins Bicycle Co-op from beer and merchandise sales Aug. 31 at the Ft. Collins Tour de Fat stop, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement.

Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL) planned to donate to support disaster-relief and recovery efforts for the communities affected by floods in Colorado. The contribution includes a $500,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross Colorado Relief Fund and a commitment to match employee donations up to $1,000 per employee.

Dr. G. Jan Spruill of Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Fort Collins and Dr. David Way, a Fort Collins orthodontist, partnered to aid a participant in Project Self-Sufficiency, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping single parents overcome obstacles. A single mother of two children, was selected by PS-S based on performance and need to receive pro-bono services, including dental treatment and cosmetic dentistry.

An August golf tournament hosted by Front Range Energy at Pelican Lakes Golf Club in Windsor raised more than $35,000 for the Armed Forces Foundation as part of Growth Energy’s Fueling Our Forces charity campaign. The event featured appearances by NASCAR race driver Kurt Busch and UFC fighters Gray Maynard and Luke Rockhold.


Fort Collins-based startup company OptiEnz Sensors LLC was awarded a National Science Foundation Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research grant to further develop sensors for direct, continuous measurement of one of the world’s most widespread water contaminants, trichloroethene, which was used as an industrial degreaser and dry cleaning solvent for decades.  OptiEnz, a Rocky Mountain Innosphere client company, is a spinoff from Colorado State University.


For the fifth consecutive year, Colorado State University was named a Military Friendly School by GI Jobs magazine. IBMC College – with campuses in Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont and Cheyenne – also made the list, which recognizes higher-education institutions that embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

The Town of Erie Economic Development Mobile Application received several awards during a City-County Communications & Marketing Association ceremony held Sept. 5 in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Fort Collins-based OtterBox began introducing new Defender, Commuter, Reflex and Prefix series cases and Clearly Protected device guards for Apple’s new line of iPhones.

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