September 1, 2008

Colorado Springs Business Journal News Briefs: August 29, 2008

By Anonymous

Roan Plateau lease sales set record

The Roan Plateau lease sales netted $113.9 million, making it the highest grossing onshore oil and natural gas lease sale in Bureau of Land Management history in the lower 48 states.

A total of 54,631 acres in 31 parcels were sold.

The previous high for an oil and natural gas lease sale in Colorado was $11.8 million during February 2006.

The state will receive 49 percent of the lease sale proceeds, as well as 49 percent of future royalties from oil and natural gas production on the Roan. However, no money from the sale will be dispersed until the BLM Colorado State Office resolves protests to the lease sale, including protests from environmental groups and the state.

ESM offering free GED classes

Ecumenical Social Ministries is offering free GED training classes for low-income participants, with the exception of a $30 placement test fee.

Classes are held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students are expected to attend the class until they are referred by the instructor to take the GED test.

For more information, or to register, call 228-6786 or 228-6794.

Hydro power loan program

The Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority has $10 million available to help governmental agencies with the installation of small hydropower units at their water facilities.

The loans have a term of up to 20 years and an interest rate of 2 percent. The maximum amount is $2 million.

The authority's board also approved a $150,000 matching grant program to help local governments with the evaluation and development of small hydropower projects. Grants will be available up to $15,000.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. Visit SHLP for more information.

Agriculture grants available

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications from companies that research and develop new uses and markets for food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado.

Projects eligible for funding include feasibility studies and technical projects such as assessing the potential of establishing an agricultural value-added business project, and marketing and promotion projects such as first-time participation in trade shows, new product launches and promotions supporting the development of new sales channels.

About $100,000 is available, and the maximum award per project is $20,000.

A matching contribution of cash and in-kind resources equal to at least 50 percent of the total project budget is required. Applications may be submitted any time and there is no deadline to apply.

For more information, call (303) 239-4116 or visit

Volunteers needed for county outreach group

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers to serve on the Citizen Outreach Group.

A District 1 and four at-large members who serve three-year terms are needed.

The board facilitates communication between residents and their commissioners.

Applications are available at The deadline to apply is Sept. 18.

For more information, call 520-6436.

Vacancies on telecommunications, stormwater committees

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee and the Stormwater Advisory Committee.

The TPAC advises City Council about the forms of telecommunications between city government and residents. Telecommunications includes satellite, cable TV, wireless, data services, Internet high-speed data access, telephone services and commercial radio.

Members meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 a.m.

The only requirement for the open position is an interest and knowledge of telecommunications.

The Stormwater Advisory Committee has an open position for a representative of a public institution (i.e., military, higher education, etc.). Members provide feedback about the stormwater system, and advice and recommendations about the fee structure.

The committee meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 3 p.m.

For more information, visit and click on City Council and City Management, then City Boards and Commissions, or call 385-5453.

Grants available for on-farm energy projects

The Advancing Colorado's Renewable Energy program has $500,000 available to help pay for agricultural energy related projects.

Grants will be allocated in three categories: feasibility studies, project participation and research. Applicants must provide matching contributions of at least 10 percent of the total project budget and grant money may not be used for paying current debt, general administrative expenses or indirect institutional overhead costs.

Applications and a $50 nonrefundable application fee must be received by Sept. 17.

For more information, visit or call (303) 239-4116.

Credit: CSBJ Staff

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