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Thu. 02/02/23
New Independent Report Finds Colorado Credit Unions Are Good for the State's Economy (Photo)
GoWest Credit Union Assn. - 02/02/23 3:17 PM
Colorado Credit Union Advocates
Colorado Credit Union Advocates
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Denver, CO — For more than 90 years, Coloradans have benefitted from the “People Helping People” philosophy embraced by not-for-profit cooperative credit unions. Across the state, credit unions are serving their members, communities, and employees, providing a positive impact that is both economic and community-focused.

Credit unions not only serve their members but also help drive local economies, which directly correlates to a positive economic impact for Colorado. Today, a large delegation of credit union leaders met with state legislators and shared a new, 2022 independent study conducted by the well-respected economic firm ECONorthwest. The analysis found that credit unions are essential to Colorado’s economy and contributed a total economic impact of $4.1 billion.

Direct benefits to Colorado’s 2.5 million credit union members have a significant impact on the economies in the communities where they live. Credit unions reinvest their earnings in members through direct benefits such as fewer fees, dividends, lower interest rates on loans and credit cards, and more. When those benefits are spent in local communities, the ripple effect helps the entire economy. ECONorthwest measured the impact of member benefits, credit union jobs and other factors in its analysis. The full report can be read here.

“As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions reinvest their earnings into their member owners,” said Troy Stang, president and CEO of GoWest Credit Union Association. “These tangible benefits help stimulate local economies through members’ increased ability to support local business when they buy products or pay for services.”

Colorado credit union jobs offer an additional economic benefit to the state. The analysis found that the 6,300 Colorado credit union jobs support a total of 19,500 jobs throughout the state, which is part of the economic multiplier effect. With 24/7 technology and a network of 355 credit union branches available across the state, these economic benefits are realized in communities everywhere – in cities and rural areas. 

In addition, a community impact report released by GoWest Credit Union Association demonstrates how Colorado credit unions lead the way in supporting local initiatives by being dynamically involved with their communities through both institutional and individual partnerships and contributions. The just-completed study shows that communities throughout Colorado benefitted through credit unions and their employees’ efforts. For example, Colorado’s credit unions provided more than 4,900 hours of financial education in their communities and made 1,779 loans to first-time homebuyers. Other highlights of credit unions’ impact across Colorado communities include:

  • Support for more than 750 non-profits through staff volunteerism and more than $5.3 million in charitable contributions; and
  • Helping Coloradans to save for a brighter financial future. Nearly $15.6 billion is deposited in high-yield accounts in Colorado credit unions and $343 million is saved for the future in children’s accounts.

 

Total portfolio of loans outstanding and total high-yield deposit balance as of December 31, 2021. NCUA 5300 Call Report data. GoWest Credit Union Association survey of Colorado credit unions’ community services for the year 2021.

 

“There are 2.5 million Coloradans who are members of a credit union. They know their credit union and its staff are committed to making a substantial difference in their communities every day. From serving communities with financial wellness education, to participation in a wide variety of unique local programs, credit unions are dedicated to making Colorado a great place to call home,” said Katie March, GoWest’s vice president of legislative affairs for Colorado. 

All in all, credit unions partner with public and private stakeholders to help solve Colorado’s critical issues. Through outreach and participation at all levels—individual, community, and state—credit unions continue to perpetuate the “People Helping People” philosophy that is central to the mission of improving the lives of members and the communities where they live. 

 

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About GoWest Credit Union Association 

 

The GoWest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing more than 300 credit unions in Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Colorado, and Arizona, and their 16.5 million consumer members. GoWest is the voice of the West’s credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory support, and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking, and business solutions to credit unions. 




Attached Media Files: News Release , Colorado Credit Union Advocates

UCCS and PCC Align with Pre-Collegiate and Engineering Programs
Univ. of Colorado, Colorado Springs - 02/02/23 1:19 PM

University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Chancellor Venkat Reddy will join Pueblo Community College (PCC) President Patty Erjavec at noon on Friday, Feb. 3 to celebrate two new partnerships between the two institutions.

Campus leaders will join members of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce and Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce to cut the ribbon on the new Pueblo location of the UCCS Pre-Collegiate Support and Success Center on the PCC campus. The new center will work with middle and high school diverse, first-generation and military connected students from the Pueblo community with programming intended to prepare students academically, socially and emotionally for their postsecondary journeys.

They will also sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create a pathway for students to earn an associate degree at PCC and then transition to UCCS where they can earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. This associate degree serves as a direct track for engineering students from PCC to UCCS, streamlining the transfer process.

“I am so pleased that a pathway to Engineering has been developed to ensure that PCC students interested in this career field can begin their academic journey with us and ultimately receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from UCCS,” said PCC President Patty Erjavec. “This will allow students to complete their degree in the most efficient, affordable manner possible with real-world experiences integrated into their experience.”

“We are excited to partner with Pueblo Community College in these two very unique programs which ultimately help our students succeed,” said UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy. “Our Pre-Collegiate Support and Success Center on the PCC campus will help students understand what our colleges and universities offer and what steps to take as they enter and complete a plan of study. The engineering MOU helps to create a pipeline for PCC students to start their engineering degree program at PCC and complete it at UCCS and, with help from industry, have internship opportunities in Pueblo and join the workforce of Pueblo.”


Peak Vista Welcomes Lelia Gibson-Green to its Board of Directors (Photo)
Peak Vista Community Health Centers - 02/02/23 11:02 AM
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PRESS RELEASE

February 2, 2023

Peak Vista Welcomes Lelia Gibson-Green to its Board of Directors

 

Colorado Springs, Colo.  – Peak Vista Community Health Centers (Peak Vista) announces the election of Lelia Gibson-Green to its Board of Directors.

Currently, Lelia serves in Recreational Assistance for the City of Colorado Springs. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, she has lived in Colorado Springs for 46 years and resided for 30 of those years in the southeastern part of the region. She currently serves on the Board of RISE Southeast where she is also a Resident Leader; the Board of the Colonial Park HOA; and has been an active leader in her church for over 13 years. She also served for 4 years on the steering committee that helped to build the Southeast YMCA and was part of several committees over the last 3.5 years aiding in the reopening of Panorama Park. 

Over the past 25 years, Lelia has worked as an educator and within the non-profit sector and social services industries. She’s held roles as a youth, family, and community advocate; project and program coordinator; outreach and event coordinator; community navigator; and served in positions in program, project, and care management.

“I have been a Peak Vista patient for over 33 years,” says Lelia. “I have come full circle, as not only a patient, but now sitting on the Board of Directors. As Peak Vista has provided excellent service to me, I plan to bring diversity, culture, and a new perspective to best aid Peak Vista in furthering its vision and mission.”

Lelia is a mother of two adult sons and 5 grandchildren. She enjoys being creative, whether arranging flowers, decorating for the seasons, or painting in watercolor, oil, or acrylic. Health and wellness are important to her, and she loves to encourage others to move and be active in order to lead a better life, regardless of limitations.

“I enjoy serving others and my community,” says Lelia. “I am a voice for the voiceless and advocate to enhance the community and meet the needs of others. My motto is to not just talk the talk but walk the walk.”

Peak Vista’s Board of Directors also includes Ray Nunn, Board Chairperson; Dr. Dennis Smialek, Vice Chair; Bill Sanden, Treasurer; Marianne Horvath, Secretary; Mary Lynn Sheetz, Member-At-Large; Dr. Robin Johnson, Immediate Past Chair; Santiago "Bob" Duran; Jim Harris; Rev. Clifton Turner; David Fairley; and Stella Hodgkins.

 

About Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a nonprofit organization providing exceptional health care to people facing access barriers through clinical programs and education. Celebrating over 50 years of community health service, Peak Vista offers primary medical, integrated behavioral health and dental care services. We proudly serve over 89,000 patients annually through 23 outpatient centers in Colorado’s Pikes Peak and East Central regions. To learn more about Peak Vista, visit www.peakvista.org.

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Mon. 01/30/23
Two hour delay for Tuesday, JANUARY 31 2023
Fremont-Florence RE-2 - 01/30/23 7:10 PM

Fremont  Re-2 campuse  will be on a two hour delay for Tuesday  January 31st 2023. No A.M. preschool 


Peak Vista Welcomes Stella Hodgkins to its Board of Directors (Photo)
Peak Vista Community Health Centers - 01/30/23 10:21 AM
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PRESS RELEASE

January 30, 2023

Peak Vista Welcomes Stella Hodgkins to its Board of Directors

 

Colorado Springs, Colo.  – Peak Vista Community Health Centers (Peak Vista) announces the election of Stella Hodgkins to its Board of Directors.

Stella is the Sr. Vice President of Opportunity and Outreach for El Pomar Foundation. In this role, she directs Elevating Leadership Development (ELD) and serves as the senior staff member for the Pikes Peak Regional Council. 

Stella currently serves on the 4th Judicial District Nominating Commission and as a board member of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs. She was recognized as a 2019 Woman of Influence by the Colorado Springs Business Journal, Builder Member of the Year by the Colorado Springs Housing & Building Association, and an El Paso County Public Health Champion, and is also a graduate of Leadership Denver (2016) and Colorado Springs Leadership Institute (2018). 

Previously, Stella held roles on countless boards and committees, including but not limited to, the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority, the Board of the GE Johnson Foundation, and Associated General Contractors of Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, and worked professionally in architecture and interior design, sustainability consulting, and corporate citizenship prior to joining El Pomar Foundation.  
Growing up in an Army family, Stella was born in Stuttgart, Germany. She moved to Colorado Springs in 1988 and lived up and down the Front Range before settling back in Colorado Springs. 

“I am honored to be serving on the Peak Vista Board and supporting equal access to affordable and quality health care alongside the most caring, compassionate, and able leadership and staff,” says Stella.

Peak Vista’s Board of Directors also includes Ray Nunn, Board Chairperson; Dr. Dennis Smialek, Vice Chair; Bill Sanden, Treasurer; Marianne Horvath, Secretary; Mary Lynn Sheetz, Member-At-Large; Dr. Robin Johnson, Immediate Past Chair; Santiago "Bob" Duran; Jim Harris; Rev. Clifton Turner; David Fairley; and Lelia Gibson-Green.

 

About Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a nonprofit organization providing exceptional health care to people facing access barriers through clinical programs and education. Celebrating over 50 years of community health service, Peak Vista offers primary medical, integrated behavioral health and dental care services. We proudly serve over 89,000 patients annually through 23 outpatient centers in Colorado’s Pikes Peak and East Central regions. To learn more about Peak Vista, visit www.peakvista.org.

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Sun. 01/29/23
Fremont RE-2 School closure January 30,2023
Fremont-Florence RE-2 - 01/29/23 8:41 PM

 

Due to low temperatures and wind chill conditions there be no school tomorrow Monday January 30th.