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    Monday, March 21, 2016
    Broomfield 2015 End of Year Economic Update
    Broomfield 2015 End of Year Economic Update
    The City and County of Broomfield continued to record positive economic indicators through the second half of 2015, with growth in employment, consumer activity, and the commercial real estate market. Total employment in Broomfield rose 4.8 percent between the second quarters of 2014 and 2015, representing the addition of 1,630 jobs during the period. The unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, recording the lowest fourth quarter unemployment level since the fourth quarter of 2000 when the rate was 2.2 percent.
    Consumer activity in Broomfield during the first quarter of 2015 increased, with total retail sales rising 3.7 percent compared with the previous year's level. Businesses in Broomfield recorded an additional $19 million in retail sales during the period. Consumer confidence in the Mountain Region rose 13.8 percent between the fourth quarters of 2014 and 2015.
    Access Business Conference & Xhibit After Hours Presented by Oracle
    Thursday, March 24 from 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
    Join us for an all day event coordinated by Access Broomfield Chamber featuring guest speakers, breakout sessions and networking. So often business owners find it hard to get away from the day to day operation of their business that they forget the importance of stepping back to plan the larger picture.
    Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens will give his 3rd Annual State of the City and County Address during lunch. The Mayor's speech will provide highlights of 2015 activities, upcoming projects for Broomfield, and other interesting updates.
    Omni Interlocken Resort
    500 Interlocken Blvd
    Broomfield, CO 80021
    Thursday, March 24, 2016
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Access Business Conference Presented by Oracle)
    4:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Xhibit After Hours presented by Oracle)
    $99 for Broomfield Chamber Members
    $149 for Non-Members
    What's Included
    The registration fee for this event includes:
    Two Keynote Speaker Addresses
    Panel discussion
    All Breakout Sessions (Three Sessions total, Six different topics)
    Entrance to Xhibit After Hours Event
    Business Expo
    Two Drink Tickets
    JAX Mercantile Opening Store in Broomfield
    JAX Mercantile Company, based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, announced a planned expansion into Broomfield at 5005 West 120th Ave (the former K-Mart). "This 92,000 square foot building offers a great opportunity to house much of our outdoor gear, and ranch and home merchandise all under one roof," says company president, Jim Quinlan.
    Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens says, "The City Council and I are pleased that JAX Mercantile Co. has decided to acquire the vacant K-Mart building and open its Outdoor Gear, Farm and Ranch store in Broomfield. I first learned of JAX while attending college and have always enjoyed the uniqueness of the store. JAX has a great reputation throughout the communities they serve, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.
    JAX is aiming for a possible soft opening of its new Broomfield location sometime in June, with plans for a Grand Opening in mid-September. JAX Mercantile has been in business for over 60-years with stores in Fort Collins, Loveland, Lafayette, and Ames, Iowa.
    Enhance Broomfield Accepting Applications
    Funding is available to assist with exterior improvements to commercial buildings
    After a successful launch in 2015, the City and County of Broomfield has invested another $100,000 in 2016 into a program designed to help beautify local buildings called "Enhance Broomfield."
    "Broomfield is known for its beauty and history, the Enhance Broomfield program is one more way we can support our small business community while enhancing the curb-appeal of our neighborhoods and community as a whole," says Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens. 
    Each applicant is eligible for up $25,000 in assistance through Enhance Broomfield. Applications are reviewed and scored by staff on a competitive basis. Applications will be accepted as long as funds are available.
    Existing stand-alone commercial or industrial buildings as well as multi-tenant centers are eligible to participate in the program.