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A Year of New Beginnings

By Brad Rowland

 

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S. Eliot

 

In August of 2019, we launched the next evolution of FEDC TechSTART, called Emergent Campus. Located in the historic Florence High School building, just blocks from downtown Florence, Emergent was literally 10 times the space of the 8,000 square foot TechSTART community that took over 3 years to build in Canon City. To support such a big project, we brought on a small launch team to help Emergent get up, running, and self-sustaining.

 

Cassie Miles joined our team to serve as the dedicated Project Support Specialist for Emergent Campus. She oversaw elements of project management, coordinated team meetings, recruited candidates for Second-61 and assisted me in my new role as Emergent Campus’ general manager. During her tenure she created avenues for our success, working through the details of property management, marketing, and client/partnership relations that she executed with the utmost attention. In between meetings with entrepreneurs, state and local leaders, and the rural Colorado VC community, we both plunged quite a few toilets and learned to do the maintenance on a massive, 100 year-old set of buildings. 

 

Over the last year Emergent Campus persevered through it’s second pandemic (the first in 1920) and has continued to grow through these turbid times. As of September, 2020, we have 13 separate businesses operating on campus, and over 10 independent consultants and co-working members. Second-61 has moved into their new enterprise service desk space and we are running a remote office pilot program for an industry leading cloud software company. We even got a great article in Forbes, We Need To Strengthen Rural America If We Want To Unify Our Country. The launch phase would have been a challenge under any circumstances, but I’m super proud of the team for pulling this off during Covid. Your resourcefulness and innovation was matched only by your perseverance and passion. Thanks for not giving up when it felt like the wheels might fall off, and thanks for remembering why we started this project. I know you’ve seen firsthand the positive impact on the students, small businesses, and new entrepreneurial ventures.

 

Now that our initial ramp up period is complete, the launch team is going back to their “day jobs”, all of which are officed at Emergent Campus Florence or TechSTART Canon City. I’m working in an office at Emergent Campus, Florence, advising several tech companies and growing my consulting practice. Side note, I continue to plunge toilets. Cassie is transitioning to a new role with Visionary Broadband, sister company to Mammoth Networks, where she will continue to sharpen her business acumen. The leadership and community team would like to extend our profound gratitude as Cassie has been an integral part of championing our vision, and assisting in economic development efforts and talent recruitment from Emergent Campus. The position we created for her was not the position we originally imagined or the one she ultimately filled. We have been honored to be a part of her professional journey and look forward to future collaboration with her. She is truly gifted, humble and possesses everything we consider to be excellent. Thank you, Cassie, and best wishes in your new chapter!

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Colorado Lawmakers Prioritize Rural Economic Development Grant Program

As more and more companies look to America’s heartland to offset the exuberant operating cost of doing business in major cities, states around the country are exploring ways to incentivize job creation and economic growth in rural communities. With the lure of empowering small business owners and attracting new industries, the idea resonated with Colorado state lawmakers Representative Bri Buentello and Senator Kerry Donovan, who both represent rural areas of the Centennial State.

Together, with the support of more than three dozen cosponsors, the duo recently passed Senate Bill 20-002, a bipartisan measure that established the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) grant program within the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Once functional, the new program will provide funding for projects that create economic opportunity, diversity and resiliency in the economies of rural communities across Colorado.

“Although the budget is tight, this bipartisan bill has always been a priority for rural legislators,” said Representative Buentello. “Economies in our rural communities are at the heart of our entire state, and especially now, we must ensure they have every tool necessary to grow, and that is why when we returned to the State Capitol I put it at the top of my priority list.”

As the governing agency of the program, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs has been tasked with promulgating policies and procedures to execute the program on or before September 1, 2020. Additionally, the department must establish criteria such as job creation goals and construction completion milestones to determine eligibility.

While numerous entities will be eligible to participate including: local governments, housing authorities, nonprofit economic development organizations, and others – the legislation gives priority to grant applications that attract capital investments and encourage community collaboration. Furthermore, the bill aims to provide financial resources to Colorado’s “beginning farmers” which is defined as, “a farmer, rancher or operator of nonindustrial private forestland who is in the first ten years of operation or a person intending or aspiring to begin such an operation.”

Through efforts like this and others that incentivize economic growth and drive investments in – homegrown talent, workforce development, mentorship programs and startup incubation – rural communities across Colorado will be in a much better position to attract new and better paying jobs, and compete in today’s economy.

“Now, the bill is on its way to the governor, and it is the start of something that we can build on in years to come,” added Representative Buentello.

The legislation goes into effect ninety-days after final adjournment of the Colorado General Assembly and will be administered by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs in partnership with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

 


 

Bio

Kevin Mahmalji is the founder and principal of Two Rivers Consulting based in Florence, Colorado. With more than 10 years of experience in public policy advocacy, strategic communications, and nonprofit management, Kevin offers a wide range of professional services including public relations, government affairs, fundraising, community engagement, and more.

Before founding Two Rivers Consulting, Kevin worked as a political operative for numerous statewide campaigns in Texas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, and Colorado. These efforts included a presidential, senatorial, gubernatorial and municipal campaign, as well as issue advocacy. Kevin’s background in electoral politics demonstrates his proven ability to work under extreme pressure, meet critical deadlines, cultivate support from diverse stakeholders, and build diverse coalitions.

In his free time, Kevin likes to give back to his community through volunteerism. He’s currently President-elect of Florence Rotary Club, Vice President of the John C. Fremont Library District Board of Trustees, Board Member of Action 22, and an active member of the Florence Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, Kevin was invited to join the Steering Committee for Colorado’s Rural Philanthropy Days where he serves as the Co-chair of the Marketing Committee. He is frequently seen at or around his co-working office at Emergent Campus in historic Florence, Colorado.

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New life for an old Mac

New life for an old Mac
Dan Petersen, June 2020

I purchased a 27-inch iMac back in 2010. This computer has served me well over the years, but it’s getting a little old. Apple no longer provides operating system updates for it, only the occasional security update. Several years ago, it got an SSD (Solid State Drive) in place of the hard disk, and an upgraded processor, moving from a first generation I5 to a first generation I7. It still has good performance, but the hand writing was on the wall. Without operating system updates, the system would not run some of the latest software. Apple also discontinued support for 32-bit applications with the latest release, now only supporting 64-bit architecture for applications.

So, I found a 2018 Mac Mini on the certified refurbished apple site (www.apple.com/shop/refurbished) that was configured the way I wanted. 3 days later, I was migrated to the new system. So, the question is: What to do with the old system? It’s really not an adequate backup for my new system, because I transferred all my application licenses to the new Mac Mini. So, I checked online, and found 2 alternative operating systems that would work. One is CloudReady by Neverware (www.neverware.com), the other is Ubuntu (www.ubuntu.com ) , the latest version being 20.04 LTS. The LTS means Long Term Support, and that means the system will get 5 years of support before it is retired. This is a good thing, because you never know when a significant security vulnerability will arise that needs a system patch.

CloudReady is an interesting alternative. It primarily addresses the needs of schools and non-profits that can’t justify the latest and greatest hardware. CloudReady is based on the Chromium browser, the same one that is used in Google Chromebooks. In fact, CloudReady basically converts your old hardware to a Google Chromebook. You log in using your Google ID. You can use Google drive, and Chrome extensions. Basically, any older system that ran Windows or Mac can be converted to use CloudReady. To see if your system qualifies, there is an extensive list of supported hardware on the Neverware site.

For a single user there is no charge, but for organizations they charge a fee to support the CloudReady system in your organization. They don’t compete with Google for New education or business sales, because CloudReady doesn’t run on current Chromebooks.

After loading the current version of the CloudReady system on a flash drive using the instructions on the Neverware site, I was able to do an alternate boot of my Mac using the option key on my keyboard during startup. It loaded very quickly, and ran reasonably fast, even though it was running from a flash drive and not the internal SSD of the system. The system basically boots up to a CloudReady splash screen that prompts you for your google account and password. It then asks for a WIFI connection and password, and then you’re basically ready to roll.

Clicking on the widget in the lower right of the task bar shows some differences from a Chromebook. It has a notification that it is CloudReady, with a disk space warning because it’s running from a flash drive. There is an Install OS button to install CloudReady on your main drive. Note that CloudReady wants the whole disk and will format and take it all. I was thinking it is possible to resize the drive after installing CloudReady so that the computer could dual boot with CloudReady and Ubuntu. I didn’t try it, but it would probably work.

The Good: You get a really fast “Chromebook” that is supported with software and security releases. For a Mac, it supports the mini-display port for a second monitor, an important feature for older Mac laptops that can use it. The Firewire-800 port on the Mac also works. If you are familiar with the Google environment, a big plus for you. USB works fine, as well as Bluetooth. There are a bunch of things that work well with the standard apple keyboard.

The Bad: The DVD drive on the Mac doesn’t work. It “ate” a CD that I put in the slot, and there is absolutely no way to get it out. I had to boot a cloned copy of MacOS to eject it. There is now a piece of tape over the opening. I did try a USB connected DVD drive, and that worked for reading, but obviously not for writing, since there is no software to do that. I use screen shots a lot, and the directions on the CloudReady site didn’t work for my Mac. There is, however, a Chrome extension that fills the bill for that need.

I’m really satisfied with the system so far. It’s insanely fast. I use Google drive a lot, and it’s works great. No need for local file storage if you keep everything in the cloud!

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River Science Partners with River Watch to Protect Colorado’s River Health

River Science Partners with River Watch to Protect Colorado’s River Health.

Collaboration Pairs Award Winning Non-profit Team with Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Citizen Science Program

 

CANON CITY, Colo., May 4th, 2020 – River Science, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to using education, technology, and information to improve river management, today announced their partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to run the statewide River Watch program.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s River Watch program is in its 30th year and is one of the country’s largest and most successful statewide volunteer water quality monitoring programs. The program’s purpose is twofold. First, the program collects long-term water quality data across the state which is used for key policy decisions to protect and preserve our state’s water quality for the benefit of wildlife and recreation. Second, River Watch provides hands on experiential opportunities through strong partnerships with over 100 citizen volunteer groups across the State of Colorado, many of which are middle and high schools.

River Science is a non-profit (501c3) developed and launched from Fremont Economic Development Corporations (FEDC) co-working innovation lab, TechSTART.  River Science runs its statewide program using education and technology to improve river restoration impacts in Colorado. River Science is headquartered in Canon City, Colorado and partners with local high schools to implement river health and restoration into school curriculum as the topics offer an abundance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational opportunities. River Science views the River Watch partnership as a huge step toward building larger statewide partnerships for such educational opportunities.

“Water is our State’s greatest natural resource, but our rivers are complex and vulnerable to human impacts,” said Luke Javernick, Ph.D., Executive Director, River Science. “To effectively monitor and manage these systems we need a cost-effective and scalable solution for data collection, and River Watch has been a great help for Colorado by incorporating reliable citizen science data collection. Not only does this provide cost-effective data, but these volunteers become stewards, which is really exciting to see in our high school students as they gain a passion for our water and rivers.”

In addition to this new partnership, the River Watch Program now includes newly hired CPW Water Quality Specialist, Megan McConville Ph.D.  Dr. McConville brings a wealth of knowledge with her analytical, environmental chemistry and volunteer management background. She will perform all chemical analyses for the River Watch program in CPW’s Fort Collins laboratory. Dr. McConville will maintain the consistent high quality of data produced by River Watch volunteers and the CPW laboratory.  This illustrates CPW’s commitment to protecting and restoring aquatic habitats for conservation and rewarding recreational experiences.

The River Watch Program was created and led by CPW Water Specialist Barb Horn for almost 30 years.

“Barb has been dedicated to monitoring and improving water quality and now she is handing over the torch to Megan to continue this very important and successful program,” said Jackie Corday, CPW’s Water Resources Section Manager.

New to the role, Dr. McConville states, “I am delighted to join CPW and play an important role in the River Watch Program.  I believe strongly in the mission of River Watch: to provide volunteers with hands on opportunities to experience and learn the value and function of rivers while collecting high quality data that is used for decision making.  Building my career at the nexus of science, policy and citizen science is a wonderful opportunity and I look forward to a rewarding partnership with River Science.”

Canon City High School science instructor Carrie Trimble has participated in the River Watch program for many years. “Colorado River Watch has been a vital part of Canon City Schools service projects for over 30 years and a proud member from almost the start of the program. Our students get a chance at doing meaningful science and understanding early in life the importance of water quality testing and monitoring. We are so excited that our local River Science organization is the new River Watch vendor. Our students are looking forward to more opportunities to participate in Colorado water quality science with internships and project-based learning opportunities.”

Through the River Watch program, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has informed numerous important policy decisions affecting water quality, aquatic life, and recreation.  In addition, the program has empowered volunteers across the state to protect their rivers with data.  These new transitions for River Watch demonstrate CPWs commitment to robust water quality and a bright future.

About River Science

River Science is a nonprofit that is dedicated to helping our clients access and use education, technology, and information to improve river management and achieve the greatest conservation impacts. Learn more about our team and programs at https://www.river.science/

About River Watch

River Watch is a statewide volunteer water quality-monitoring program operated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Our mission is to work with voluntary stewards to monitor water quality and other indicators of watershed health and utilize this high quality data to educate citizens and inform decision makers about the condition of Colorado’s waters. This program is unique in its statewide focus and frequency of data collection.

For press inquiries, please contact Jason Veatch, [email protected]

 

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COVID-19: UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL

Several weeks ago, as our nation braced for the COVID-19 pandemic, I felt a sense of community and camaraderie that I haven’t experienced since the weeks following 9/11. Everyone seemed to genuinely care about the wellbeing of their families, friends, and neighbors, except for toilet paper, for whatever reason. Service organizations mobilized and volunteers stepped up to serve the needs of the most vulnerable in communities across the country – it was a beautiful thing.

But here we are, just a few short weeks later, divided once again. Tensions are high, animosity is palpable and the personal attacks have resumed. We have fallen back into a “us versus them” mentality where zip codes and neighborhoods lose relevance and political affiliation becomes a litmus test for patriotism.

A line in the sand has been drawn. On one side, there are those who continue to embrace stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and other measures to prevent the spread of the virus and overburdening our healthcare system. On the other side, some are becoming restless as one executive order after the other threatens the solvency of businesses, the livelihood of employees, and the viability of local economies.

Unfortunately, the dynamics of each faction have been oversimplified to fit a narrative that suggests one side is enlightened and un-American while the other is misinformed and patriotic. But it’s not that simple. Life experiences help shape our views of the world so while some are eager to believe one side is more justified or righteous than the other, it’s their perception of the situation that persuaded them either way. It’s not a matter of fact or fiction.

To put things in perspective, the person who supports stay-at-home orders and is fiercely advocating for face coverings and social distancing could be a caregiver at a senior living facility or the parent of a child with a compromised immune system. Then there’s the small business owner who opposes stay-at-home orders and is protesting policies that are hampering their ability to engage in commerce because they just laid off dozens of employees and shuttered their business of 20 years. Obviously there are valid points on both sides of the debate. We just have to be willing to listen.

Make no mistake, the complexity of the social and economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with a deepening recession will be tremendous. Solutions will require a thoughtful approach that embraces compassion, collaboration, and an understanding that America’s darkest days are followed by its finest hours.


 

Bio

Kevin Mahmalji is the founder and principal of Two Rivers Consulting based in Florence, Colorado. With more than 10 years of experience in public policy advocacy, strategic communications, and nonprofit management, Kevin offers a wide range of professional services including public relations, government affairs, fundraising, community engagement, and more.

Before founding Two Rivers Consulting, Kevin worked as a political operative for numerous statewide campaigns in Texas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, and Colorado. These efforts included a presidential, senatorial, gubernatorial and municipal campaign, as well as issue advocacy. Kevin’s background in electoral politics demonstrates his proven ability to work under extreme pressure, meet critical deadlines, cultivate support from diverse stakeholders, and build diverse coalitions.

In his free time, Kevin likes to give back to his community through volunteerism. He’s currently President-elect of Florence Rotary Club, Vice President of the John C. Fremont Library District Board of Trustees, Board Member of Action 22, and an active member of the Florence Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, Kevin was invited to join the Steering Committee for Colorado’s Rural Philanthropy Days where he serves as the Co-chair of the Marketing Committee. He is frequently seen at or around his co-working office at Emergent Campus in historic Florence, Colorado.

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Emergent Campus Showcases Community Partners

Emergent Campus Showcases Community Partners
Small Businesses Mobilize Support for My Fremont County Campaign

Florence, Colorado, April 30, 2020: As the state of Colorado transitions away from a stay-at-home order that was put in place by Governor Jared Polis more than three weeks ago, small businesses across Fremont County are updating company policies to comply with the Governor’s new “safer-at-home” order, which many believe is the first step toward reopening the economy.

To commemorate this shift in economic policy and a brighter future for small businesses, Canon City Economic Development launched the My Fremont County campaign. Through this effort, which quickly gained support online, small business owners are highlighting the reasons why they are proud to live and do business in Fremont County.

For Emergent Campus, which is home to more than a dozen companies, startups and entrepreneurs, the My Fremont County campaign is an opportunity to highlight the importance of startup incubation, coworking space and workforce development to rural economies.

“We’re proud to be a part of Fremont County’s vibrant business community. Emergent Campus is filled with successful innovation sector workers, remote tech workers, and other entrepreneurs,” said Brad Rowland, partner and general manager of Emergent Campus. “We’ve seen the power of collaborative spaces as independent professionals with complementary skills have connected to help grow each other’s businesses, so we’re excited for the opportunity to recognize our community partners.”

In addition to working with local media to promote community partners, Emergent Campus is utilizing social media to roll out a series of images to support the My Fremont County campaign.

To many businesses that were not deemed essential and shuttered during this time, the new executive order offers hope that a return to normalcy is near – with a phased approach. Prior to reopening, businesses must submit a business reopening protocol plan to the Fremont County Department of Public Health & Environment Code Enforcement team for review. Once approved, businesses will be required to display a sign to demonstrate compliance with the new executive order.

For the near term, Emergent Campus will remain closed to public meetings, meetups, and any non-tenant activities. However, community partners are encouraged to join Virtual Tech Night Out, a weekly online meeting that combines mentoring and fellowship.

Emergent Campus has a long-term vision to become a “work, live, play” style business campus, with space for incubation, training, offices, events, and living quarters. To learn more about Emergent Campus, visit us at www.emergent.com.

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Brad Rowland Joins Login VSI’s Board of Advisors

Business Wire

BOSTON & AMSTERDAM — April 22, 2020

Login VSI, the company dedicated to maximizing the end-user experience, today announced the appointment of Brad Rowland to the company’s board of advisors. An industry veteran with extensive experience in the end-user computing space, Brad has held leadership positions with Southwestern Bell, Wyse, AppStream, Symantec, FSLogix, and most recently Microsoft. With the adoption of virtual desktop solutions continuing to accelerate, Brad brings significant industry knowledge and expertise to Login VSI.

As Login VSI continues to grow and expand into new markets, such as Windows Virtual Desktop, Brad’s expertise in these areas will be very helpful. Brad has an extensive background in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure market. He managed one of the earliest Citrix enterprise hosting applications for tens of thousands of users. Additionally, Brad was chief marketing officer at FSLogix, acquired by Microsoft in 2018, where he helped launch Windows Virtual Desktop.

In this role Brad will help advise the company on its growth plan, leveraging the company’s success in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Windows Virtual Desktop markets by identifying key trends, partnerships and people that can add value to Login VSI. Login VSI’s flagship product, Login Enterprise ensures business continuity and scale with application compatibility testing, load testing, as well as performance and availability testing.

“We’re thrilled to have Brad advise us and further the growth of Login VSI,” said Eric-Jan van Leeuwen, CEO of Login VSI. “Brad’s industry relationships and expertise will be critical for Login VSI as we move into new markets, such as Windows Virtual Desktop.”

About Login VSI

Login VSI is the only solution in the market guaranteed to maximize the end-user experience for digital workspaces. We do this by using synthetic users to automatically test and validate the impact of change in physical, virtual and cloud-based workspaces – safeguarding application and desktop performance. Login VSI has over 400 customers in 50 countries. For more information, visit www.loginvsi.com.

View source version on businesswire.com:

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200422005040/en/

Contact:

Nonna Druker

n.d[email protected]

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Rural Tech Professional Launches Remote Tax Accounting Solution

Headquartered in the mountains of Colorado, Remote Tax Accounting Inc is located in Poncha Springs and is proud to be a partner of the Upper Arkansas Technology Sector.

We know how hard our fellow business owners have been working to build their businesses. Financial reporting is often the last thing on a huge list. Let us shoulder that burden.

The first accounting firm of its kind, focused on security first. …powered by a state of the art technology stack, utilizing data driven decisioning systems and analytics. The accounting firm to bring your organization into the future during this digital revolution.

Focusing on remote tax and accounting for the Made in America Business. The Client Accounting Service Practice that allows growth.  Remote Tax and Accounting Inc. focuses on your bottom line. We represent business clients  from coast to coast. Our firm specializes in all business and tax matters, from the seed of an idea to the ongoing business.

Whatever your idea or small business, we will not only protect what you create, but we’ll also help it thrive in the world. We bring extensive experience and professionalism to every engagement and customize our support to your individual needs and concerns.

We function on most engagements as an outsourced CFO, helping management make informed data driven decisions. We believe in listening to the numbers, and run our projects as such. Our expertise in forensic accounting is an added benefit to our services.
We are Software Agnostic.
We are knowledgeable with a wide range of platforms from Quickbooks to Thomson Reuters. We know the systems, and the right questions to ask of it to get to your bottom line.
Our primary goal is to save our clients money and to see them succeed.
In preparation for 2020 we offering a free consultation to discuss your accounting and finance strategy goals and any system reworks needed. For members of the TechStart community we are offering a 10% discount on tax preparation ( corporate and individual)  with the following code: #journeytobe-RTA
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Alan Buller wins 2019 APEX Award from Colorado Technology Association

On November 6th at the Infinity Center in Denver, in front of a packed room of technology professionals, the Colorado Technology Association held their 19th annual APEX Awards, recognizing the best of the best from around the state. Alan Buller from Fremont Economic Development (FEDC), was awarded “Talent Champion of the Year” for 2019. Alan was recognized for his work with the tech sector portion of Canon City High School’s internship program, hosted at FEDC’s award winning rural co-working and incubator facility on historic Main Street in Canon City.

 

Alan was also interviewed in Denver Business Journal, CTA APEX Awards: Alan Buller resists retirement for rural revitalization, and described the evening in his own words…

 

“Yes, at Wednesday night’s APEX Awards, I received the Talent Champion of the Year Award from the Colorado Technology Association. Though I knew I was one of three finalists, I certainly did not expect to win…”

 

Canon City residents Brad and Kristy Rowland joined Alan for this great event, where Canon City was mentioned in the opening keynote and Alan used his heartfelt acceptance speech to recognize the contributions of his extended team, Bob Wellott, Lisa Tedesko, Bill Summers, Diana Armstrong, and Jason Veatch.

 

Read more at Alan’s blog here.

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Alan Buller of FEDC Nominated As A Statewide Finalist for a 2019 Colorado Technology Association APEX Award

Congratulations to Alan Buller of FEDC TechSTART, a Top 3 Statewide Finalist for a 2019 Colorado Technology Association APEX Award

When Alan and his wife moved from Austin, Texas, to Canon City, Colorado, they quickly plugged in and became a part of our community’s active volunteer life. Alan found a second home at FEDCs co-working facility for recovering tech people, TechSTART (https://techstart.fremontedc.com), and partnered with another volunteer, Bob Wellott, to lead our fledgling tech internship program for Canon City High School.

Inconceivable!

Whenever Alan says he came to Canon to “retire” it reminds me of the classic Inigo Montoya line from The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means…”

As high school students started to select TechSTART for their internship, Alan would dedicate a work session to each one, and select a participating tech business to craft a custom program aligning with that student’s personal growth goals. When asked about managing the program with that kind of growing time commitment, Alan would say, “These kids deserve our best, and we have an opportunity to do something really special here.”

Larger community tech internship programs can often handle hundreds of students in a consistent, standardized classroom setting, but Alan was the first to realize that the small size of our local tech businesses was an advantage, allowing programs to be uniquely tailored to each student, while they work directly with a business owner or tech professional. Alan has now formalized programs with TechSTART businesses ranging from Second-61 (https://www.second-61.com), an outsource support center for the Army founded by Chris Koehn, to River Science (https://www.river.science), led by European Union award winning PhD, Luke Javernick, both Canon City natives.

Future-Proof Superpowers

Along with intern tech training, Alan focuses on the need for personal development and is currently designing a gameful approach to soft-skills training called The Quest for Future-Proof Superpowers.

In addition to acting as a volunteer intern coordinator for FEDC TechSTART, Alan serves on the Advisory Board of SXSW Edu (https://www.sxswedu.com), presented at the 2019 SXSW Edu conference, and participates as a local leadership team member for our PTECH (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/canon-city-high-school-awarded-fourth-pathways-early-college-rowland) grant award, allowing participating high school students to receive two free years of school at Pueblo Community College.

We could not be more appreciative of the time and passion Alan has brought to the table to support FEDC TechSTART, the Upper Arkansas Technology Sector Partnership (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/upper-arkansas-tech-sector-partnership-1-year-growing-brad-rowland), our community, and our students. In a state with such a vibrant and progressive tech community, we were delighted to learn that Alan had been recognized as a top 3 statewide finalist for a Colorado Technology Association APEX Award (https://coloradotechnology.org/apex-awards), and will attend the APEX Awards Banquet representing all of us at TechSTART.

Best of luck Alan, and thank you for all you do!

More About Alan

With an educational background in communication, Alan Buller spent 15 years working in the mental health field, advancing from direct care worker to Training Coordinator while pioneering new uses for video technology in the head injury rehabilitation setting. After returning to graduate school in instructional design, he worked at Texas’ largest state agency to develop and implement instructional systems and materials for over 20,000 employees statewide. He went on to explore interactive multimedia as an independent contractor, producing award-winning educational experiences for students from grade school through college, as well as teacher training for pre-K and special education.

Alan’s corporate training clients have included Dell Computers, USAA, Ernst-Young, Eli Lily, BASF, MasterCard, Sears Holding Company, and others. Throughout his career, Alan has been actively involved in professional associations, serving in leadership positions for the local chapter of the ITVA (International Television Association) and IICS (International Interactive Communicators Society) as well as leading the community access group, Austin Community Television. He has presented to conferences large and small on topics from team building to training evaluation to visual note taking and communication.

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Quick Response Team

The FEDC Quick Response Team is comprised of several local business people that know how to get projects started – bankers, lawyers, building officials, FEDC members and anyone else that might be able to represent the community and keep a prospect on track.

The Quick Response Team can help a new or relocating business to find instant help for their business.

 


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