At Exodus we feel that community partnerships are an invaluable aspect of what we do. We work hard to stay abreast of what’s happening in our neighborhood, city and township. Simply put, our number one priority is people. Everything we do is about our customers. For this reason and others, we have enjoyed many years of service in Colorado and beyond. We have said it before, our company functions like a family. With our main offices located in Denver and Fort Collins, it makes sense that we would seek out interesting organizations within these communities to build cooperation with. We take pride in contributing positively to our community and we are proud to support others who do the same. This week we would like to highlight two such organizations that are doing their part to improve life in Fort Collins.
Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce
While every Chamber of Commerce is different, in general they each have one main purpose: to increase the quality and scope of business relationships within a community. The Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce is no exception. With a membership of over 1200 companies, this organization highlights community activities and events, new businesses, government initiatives and issues as well as showcasing information about the city. But perhaps the most interesting thing about this Chamber is the city itself that it represents. Using the slogan, “Where renewal is a way of life,” Fort Collins offers a host of activities for both recreation and business. A city with a rich history, it is currently known for being a great place to raise children. Many people move there temporarily and end up staying as a result of the kind of comfort and feeling of “home” that they find. With a high value in the community being put on outdoor recreation, it’s a fantastic place to start a business and the Chamber is a wonderful resource and support.
One of the core ideas for creating a sustainable situation on our planet comes out of the concept of self supporting communities. If each community is able to generate resources for their own needs and therefore decrease dependence on outside sources, concepts like excess transportation emissions can be minimized. Be Local Northern Colordao is based in Fort Collins and exists under that very premise. “Together We Thrive,” is their guiding byline and serves as a guide for their central idea- to support independent business and community based endeavors. Focusing on business promotion, consumer education and community advocacy since 2006, at Exodus, we are proud to count Be Local as one of our partners.
At Exodus we take partnerships with people seriously. One of our proudest positions is our place in our community. Because our customers are our number one priority, it’s no wonder that we are a preferred mover in Colorado and beyond. Our company functions like a family. And with offices in both Fort Collins and Denver, we take care to get involved in the neighborhoods in which we serve. This includes creating alliances and associations with other organizations who are doing good to make our home a better place. This week we would like to highlight two such organizations that are doing their part to improve conditions in Northern Colorado.
Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society
The NCRES is a non-profit membership organization that is committed to educating both businesses and consumers about energy efficiency technology. As a chapter of the larger Colorado Renewable Energy Society, NCRES holds various presentations and tours with the mission of increasing community knowledge about the importance of creating cost effective and sustainable solutions for business and life. For information about up and coming events or for a calendar of regular meetings check out their site:
The International Facility Management Association of Northern Colorado
Facility Management is the art and science of creating an efficient office. It uses architectural design, behavioral and engineering sciences and administrative aspects to blend an actual workspace with the people that work in it and the work that they do. In 1980 the International Facility Management Association was founded to support this endeavor. It now has almost 20,000 members spanning over 50 countries.
In an effort to support this organization the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the IFMA was established in 1989. It currently maintains a diverse membership and aids in the support, education and professional development of its community. This chapter serves Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. For more information please check out their website here:
Choosing where to move is just the beginning of a new adventure. Here at Exodus we want you to be full of facts and enthusiasm for the fresh place that you will be taking your family and or your business. We have just begun to talk about the new places just brimming for relocation. This week we are highlighting another city that is important here in our home state of Colorado: the fine city of Fort Collins.
Originally founded as a US military outpost in 1864, Fort Collins first name was actually “Camp Collins”. Residing in the Northern Front Range, this city assumes much its character and natural beauty from its location at the Rocky Mountain base as it sprawls alongside the Cache La Poudre River. From a small encampment all the way to a large city, this area now boasts an excess of 140,000 residents and is the 5th largest city in all of Colorado. With an average of 300 days of sunshine, it’s no wonder that it was widely known after its creation for its agricultural wealth and with over 1200 acres of developed parks throughout, its natural wonders never seem to disappoint.
Today Fort Collins has shifted its focus from crops to a more “high tech” economy, while simultaneously maintaining a keen sense of ecological friendliness. Somewhat immune to national recession averages, the city has experienced consistent growth both economically and socially. Home to Colorado State University and several other award winning schools, this place, despite growth, continues to hold on to a small town community minded approach. The Old Town area of Fort Collins hosts festivals and various artistic and cultural events throughout the year and in general music, theater, restaurants and exhibitions are plentiful everywhere inside the cities limits, not to mention the cities 5 local microbreweries creating an exciting environment for beer lovers and brew connoisseurs alike.
Random Facts & Insights
In 2010 Money magazine rated Fort Collins the 6th best city in the US to live in.
Fort Collins is currently a country leader in its efforts towards ecological sustainability. Utilizing an initiative called FortZED, they are working towards changing Colorado University and their downtown area into a place that generates for itself the same amount of energy that it uses. This will allow them to efficiently maximize renewable resources and minimize waste commonly creating by most other thriving metropolitans.
The only student run newspaper that is published daily in Colorado is created in Fort Collins at Colorado State University and is named the Rocky Mountain Collegian.
With the New Year comes many new possibilities. It’s a fresh start on a fresh calendar. It’s a chance to make those fresh kinds of decisions that change your life. And with the inspiration of starting new, the energy to make adjustments can be all part of the package. Sometimes the best way to get a new perspective is go for a complete change of scene. Often the best way to change your life and meet yourself in a new way is to make your move.
At Exodus, we specialize in making moves and in helping people through these transitional times in life. Big enough to handle all the logistics but small enough to care, we never forget that when you move you are making a commitment to change. We think that this is best done with as much information as possible. So, to that end we are starting a series we call “Fresh Place Fridays,” the purpose being to educate our clients about various places to move to. For our first edition, we have decided to focus on our most favorite state. It’s probably easy to guess that it’s Colorado.
The State of Colorado contains the largest expanse of the Rocky Mountains of any other place in the US. For this reason it is uniquely known for both its elevation and its natural affinity toward outdoor activities. Offering both rugged and mild terrain, Colorado is famed as a historic epicenter in the West for the mining of elements including gold and silver. Sometimes called the “Centennial State”, the most highly populated city of Colorado is also its capital; Denver. It is the only state in the US that is entirely located above an elevation of 1000 meters.
People who live in Colorado are referred to as Coloradans. Consistently being the home of several major cities that rank in the top 100 in the country, this state in general is known for being a healthy and happy place to live and work. Known for fresh brewed local beer and regional specialties such as fresh rainbow trout and game steaks, Colorado is also home to much by way of diverse cuisine, culture and entertainment. Because it consistently ranked in the last 5 years in the top 10 best states to live in, it continues to grow and expand.
Random Facts & Insights
According to a Forbes Magazine study in 2009 of the best places to move, Colorado ranks #4 out of the 50 US States.
Because the location is a popular one and the quality of life is consistently higher than many other places in the US, people tend to be happier and as a result make more friends when they move to Colorado.
New Colorado residents often underestimate the power of altitude on things like nosebleeds (which are frequently experienced by new transplants) and alcohol consumption (most people notice a major shift in tolerance.) Many forget altitudes many dehydrating effects to be experienced as a result of lack of oxygen but find that when they arrive, it can make a big difference.
Our brand spanking new Denver office is something that we are really excited about. And while we have been “wowing” our customers throughout Colorado for several years, we felt it was high time to open an office in the number one city of our fine state. But what’s the big deal about Denver anyway? Why is it such a popular place to move to? Why is it that so many are finding it to be the best place to work and live? In an attempt to answer these questions we have gathered the following facts:
Varied landscape, seasonal changes and sun filled skies grace the greater Denver Metro. One of its biggest regional draws is its infamous “300 days per year of sunshine”, boasting that even when the snow is falling, Denver remains bright. The altitude also contributes to the location being a fantastic place for sports teams to train causing Denver to be one of only 2 American cities with 8 professional sports teams. Hosting the largest park system in the US, Denver has 205 parks inside the limits of the city. Between kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and walking, the city offers an endless opportunity to uphold its current place as the 6th healthiest city in the country according to the American Fitness Index.
The city with the highest population of any other city in Colorado, Denver is also one of the 5 fastest growing cities in the United States. In addition to fantastic offerings in the natural surroundings, it supplies everything a sophisticated citizen could want in a thriving metropolitan mecca. Award winning theater, restaurants, concerts and art abounds drawing a diverse group of visitors that decide to ultimately make it their home. With a household income that is more than 15% higher than the national average, it’s no wonder why people are moving to this vibrant metro in droves.
Putting our heads together we were considering how to make our company that much better. After over 20 years of satisfied customers in Fort Collins and beyond, we have brought our uniquely caring and detail oriented service to so many. Still trying to figure out a way to improve, the answer was clear.
Exodus is proud to announce the opening of our new Denver office!
5700 E. 56th Ave
Commerce City, CO 80022
In the end, it’s a no brainer. Denverites are finding out what so many other Colorado residents already knew: Exodus Moving and Storage is the best way to move. Unsurpassed service and a commitment to community has put our company head and shoulders above the rest. Go ahead; we dare you to call us for free a quote!
With the opening of our new Denver facility, Exodus Moving now offers even more uncommonly prompt, safe and reliable service to make your metro area move breezy. We are excited to have this new opportunity to serve you for your residential and commercial moving needs in northern Colorado and now throughout the Denver metro as well. We are proud to be the moving company and storage company that all of Colorado trusts!
On October 8, 2010 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, Exodus Moving and Storage presented the first annual SEAKR foundation gala. An evening of fine food & wine, silent auction, music and inspirational guest speakers, the night was a remarkable success. We were amazed at the support given to us by the community, the mayor’s office and the many local businesses that backed the families of fallen soldiers here in Colorado.
Because of the dedication of the caring businesses and individuals involved in this event, we were able to raise more than $15,000 for these families in need. And the best part is that the donations keep rolling in! As a result of these community efforts, we have been able to reach out to a family that desperately needed our help and save them from homelessness. We are currently evaluating new military families for what we can do to make them part of the SEAKR family. We learned a lot from our first event and we are looking forward to our next one where our hope is to raise more than $50,000 and add two new families to the SEAKR beneficiary list.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this important evening possible and we look forward to seeing more of our friends, customers and family at the 2nd Annual SEAKR event next October.
The Exodus Team
There is nothing casual about the casualties of war. And when a soldier gives their life for their country, there is surely no greater a sacrifice. But as those left behind attempt to recover emotionally from such a loss, often they are also plagued by the practical difficulties of financial turmoil. While the military attempts to supplement this monetary loss, very often, these payments come up short leaving grieving families with nowhere to turn.
That’s why we support SEAKR.
The SEAKR Foundation is a unique, private non-profit organization dedicated to supporting military families whose spouse or parent was killed in action while serving our country.
On October 8, 2010 the SEAKR Foundation is holding their annual dinner and silent auction to raise awareness and funds. With a fantastic cause and program, we will celebrate the induction of 5 new Colorado families now supported by the SEAKR Foundation.
Where: Curtis Hotel When: October 8, 2010
1450 Curtis Street Silent Auction 5:30 p.m.
Denver, CO 80202 Dinner and Event 7:30 p.m.
Please join us to make this first annual fundraising event a true tribute to those who give their all for our freedom!
Anyone who is a fan of furniture should be a fan of IKEA. In a wavering economy, one appreciates the small battles won. Well friends, the battle for overpriced furniture has come to an end in Colorado. For those who have succumbed to frugal lifestyles—IKEA is the place for you, AND is opening in the Denver Metro area in 2011.
Not only will IKEA blow the minds of Coloradoans, but will employ just over 400 people and be housed in an over 415,000 square foot location. Headed by Saunders Construction, the new retail madhouse will be located on a lot on the west side of I-25 near Park Meadows. Construction crews will begin clearing ground for building and anticipate breaking ground in a couple of months.
Building Colorado based IKEA has launched community-wide involvement in the project. CLC Associates will head the civil design, Kimley Horn Associates will do traffic consulting, Ground Engineering will handle environmental analysis, Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti will serve as local counsel, Legend Retal Group is helping site selection process , Geothermal Systems of Colorado is installing a geothermal component and last but not least Miller Global is selling the IKEA plot of land.
Colorado’s location will hold the classic IKEA look that all stores have around the globe but will differ from any other location in the United States in its incorporation of geothermal components for heating and cooling system.
IKEA will have 1,500 parking spots and is expected to have 50 different room settings. A variety of model home interiors will feature over 10,000 items. Also, the kids can come along! IKEA prides itself on its supervised children’s playroom and 500 seat restaurant. This makes for an awesome day of shopping and recharging.
IKEA, founded in 1943, has more than 300 stores in 38 countries.
Now that the snow is melting and the earth is rotating in our favor once again, we are going to experience yet another marvelous year is important.
Whether you are hiking Pike’s Peak of just want to take a nice walk up the Foothills, you need to make sure that you are prepared for the true nature of Colorado. First of all, having a stainless steel water bottle is vital. Not only is this a safe method of reuse for water transport, but this reduces the amount of water bottles bought in stores and gas stations. Along with your water bottle, carry along some healthy snacks in your pack to keep your energy high and the body running well. Carrying things on you like cashews, raw almonds, unsweetened dried cranberries and carob chips is a great homemade take along trail mix to keep your energy and spirits high.
Making your way up those trails or sailing down a hill on your mountain bike, you are going to need a great pair of sunglasses in Colorado. The sun seems to just shine a little brighter out here and has a gleam that can burn the retina right out of your head. Make sure that your sunglasses have 100% UV protection and that they are polarized lenses for optimal vision.
As far as your clothing you need to bring a variety when in the mountains. The high altitude weather can turn on you in a jiffy so having things like a sweatshirt, pants and hat packed away in your backpack can be a saving grace on a hot summer day turned freezing thunderstorm.
Do you find that your feet get tired during adventures? Not with Chacos. The best shoe that a foot could ask for! Ask any local Colorado hiker/outdoors enthusiast what there favorite shoe is and this is likely to be it. Chacos offer bridge support that is second to none along with a warranty and comfort that is priceless. These shoes can be worn with jeans, shorts, on hikes, to the store. No matter—they are everything shoes! If you are not a fan of open toed shoes, Merrell shoes are a great hiking and everyday shoe for all the same reasons.
Of course, the most obvious gear that one needs to be a true adventurer is sunscreen. You may be hardcore and bad to the bone, but a nice and quality bottle of sunscreen is the best way to thank and protect your body from those intense UV rays.
Lastly—get a Colorado State Park Pass! This Annual pass will grant admission to you and anyone who can fit into your vehicle into any Colorado State Park. This way you can make a list of your adventures and conquests and live a true Colorado Adventure Summer!