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What's New in the Metro North: May 23

Here’s what unfolded this week:

Workforce Development

The first meeting of the ACYI Employment Collaborative Action Network was held this week. Participants from 15 different organizations (government, non-profit, private sector employers) attended a four hour kick-off meeting and dived into validating the SMART target goal that by 2022, the percentage of males of color, ages 18-24, in Adams County who are earning a self-sufficient wage from 36% (10,000) to 40% (11,000). The Core Team (Youth Initiative of Adams County, Adams County Workforce and Business Center, Bollman Technical Education Center and theMetro North Chamber of Commerce) is grateful for everyone’s participation and for committing to launching some concrete action steps later this year.


FACT 2.0

The Metro North Chamber is proud to be a participant on the Colorado Farm Bureau’s “Future of Agriculture in Colorado Taskforce (FACT) 2.0.”  Representatives from the Adams County Board of Commissioners, CSU, Action 22, CoBank, World Trade Center Denver, Colorado Concern, Connect for Health Colorado, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, and Pac/West are working toward a goal of publishing a detailed report on this subject by late summer.


Celebration of Life

Robin Gayton, owner of Gayton Dance in Northglenn for over 44 years, has passed away. I got to know Robin almost two decades ago while I was a reporter for 9News and we featured her studio as part of a series on successful small businesses. What I know of Robin is that she created a space for young women to grow, be themselves, learn passion, discipline and confidence.  She touched the lives of thousands of young people over the course of her life and I’ll miss her – our community will miss her. The family invites you to celebrate her life on May 24 starting at noon at the Adams County Fairgrounds.   Please click here to watch a tribute to her success. 


Signorama Achieves National Certifcation

Signarama of Brighton is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Name of RPO, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Name of RPO is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.

To learn more about Signarama Brighton please visit