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Longmont Colorado schools to receive iPads

Longmont Colorado schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District, have started the school year off with a new learning tool. The Boulder Daily Camera reported that each student has received an iPad mini, along with help setting up email, calendars, accessing the app store and downloading digital books. Parents also received instructions on how to turn off app downloads and limiting their student’s access to social media.

The provision of the iPad minis is part of a district-wide tax funded program in which every child will an iPad within the next few years. Voters in the district approved the tax measure by way of a mill levy override in 2012 that allocates $2.2 million per year in order to provide the technology to all students in the 6th through 12th grades within three years. In the 2017-18 year, all elementary school classrooms will have a set of iPads for students to share, as well.

One of the reasons for providing the technology, the article states, is to reduce the digital divide between students who have a lot of access to technology and those who only have computer access at school.

The St. Vrain district opted for the distribution of iPads due to the lower cost and ease of use when compared to other options, the article noted. It is not the first school district in the area to address the needs of students in a world that is increasingly dependent on technology, nor are they the only one.

Louisville’s Monarch High School is now in its fourth year of requiring that students either have their own laptop or borrow one from the school. The Boulder Valley School District is also working on a pilot technology program that will provide Chromebooks to older students and iPads to younger ones.

Boulder County’s commitment to technology is not only evident in Longmont Colorado schools but also in the local business environment. If you’re planning to relocate your family to Longmont Colorado, or another community within the area, perhaps it gives you a peace of mind knowing that the Longmont Colorado schools are both progressive and responsive when it comes to 21st century learning.

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Landlords and property managers in Longmont get free advice from Boulder County DA

The City of Longmont provides a wealth of resources for Landlords, Property Managers, and Tenants.  The Longmont Landlord Tenant Alliance offers ongoing monthly presentations and programming that Longmont property managers and Landlords just shouldn’t miss.

On May 14th, the Assistant District Attorney Jane Walsh, Director of the Consumer Protection Division, and Claire Hunter, Consumer Specialist, will be speaking at the Longmont Landlord Tenant training alliance.  Walsh and Hunter will have some interesting,and surprising, things to say about how their office can help you as a landlord.

In addition to the Landlord Tenant Training Alliance the City of Longmont website contains free information for Landlords and Property Owners on topics like Lease Agreements, Landlord Tenant Legal Forms, a Landlord Tenant Handbook, Repairs and Maintenance Resources, Roommate Disputes, Security Deposits, and Mediation Services.  Landlords and Property Managers in Longmont can find answers to many common questions as well as the forms needed to manage their properties in Longmont.

The Longmont Landlord Tenant training alliance is a collaborative program between the Longmont Police Department and Community and Neighborhood Resources.

The Landlord Training Alliance is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at:  Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue, Rooms D & E, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Each monthly training has been approved by the Colorado Division of Real Estate for 2 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for licensed realtors.

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What You Need to Know About Bed Bugs

You own a rental property. Your tenants are distraught because they never had bed bugs before moving in now, their furniture is crawling with them! But . .  . your property never had bed bugs before the tenants moved in. How did bed bugs get into your property? Who is responsible for extermination? Is extermination possible?

Bed bugs have become a huge issue for landlords and tenants in Longmont. They are easy to get and difficult to get rid of. David James has a doctorate in entomology from CSU and is the owner of James Pest Control. David will talk about bed bug control in homes, apartment buildings, motels and hotels.  If you have bed bugs, you won’t want to miss this presentation.    If you DON’T have bed bugs, you need to know how to keep them out of your home or properties.

Evictions From A Sheriff’s Point of View

Deputy Sheriff Kye Javes has been doing evictions for the Boulder County Sheriff’s   Office for nine years.  He has plenty of stories to tell.  He also has unique information on  the eviction process.  If you don’t understand how evictions proceed.  Deputy Javes will   have the information you need.

Fair Housing and Mental Health

For Fair Housing Month, Jim Whiteside, the Enforcement Chief for HUD’s Denver office   of Fair Housing, will discuss how the Fair Housing Act impacts landlords and tenants  with mental health concerns.  This should be of great interest to many landlords, so bring  all your questions.

2nd Annual Landlord Fair in Roosevelt Park

Our first Landlord Fair last year was a lot of fun.  In attendance, we had a wide range of  vendors and services of interest to landlords, plus food trucks.  The weather was perfect  for outdoor networking.  Join us again this year, when we will have a bigger, better  Landlord Fair.

Longmont Landlord Alliance Training is free and open to all, so check it out.  For more information on the Landlord Tenant Training Alliance visit the City of Longmont website at http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/cnr/landlord/symposium.htm.

For more information about Longmont Property Management contact us at Housing Helpers.  We have over 27 years of experience helping Longmont Property Owners rent their home, condo, or investment properties in Longmont.

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GE Lighting trades Boulder for Longmont

It was recently announced in the Boulder County Business Report that GE Lighting Systems Inc. would be relocating from it Boulder facility to a 63,000 square foot space in Longmont. The move, anticipated to happen in January, will allow the manufacturing business more space — about double, to be exact — after the company experienced an increase of nearly three times the amount of LED lights sold this year when compared to last year. The increase in sales is due to more efficient and less costly LED lighting, the article stated.

The Longmont space is located next door to the GE Energy Plant in a 174,000 square foot facility. Currently with about 80 employees at the Boulder GE Lighting plant, the company plans to up the employee count to about 100 when it relocates to Longmont.

GE Lighting was formed in 2012 after General Electric bought Albeo Technologies. According to Jeff Bisberg, who founded Albeo and will be the new site leader at the Longmont facility, the company is “proof you can do manufacturing in the United States.”

Longmont has a population of more than 86,000 people, based on the 2010 Census figures. It has a median household income of roughly $51,000. Longmont is one of just a handful of cities to be recognized as a silver level bicycle community by the League of American Bicyclists. It is connected via RTD to Denver and Boulder and by regional bus service to Fort Collins, Loveland and Berthoud.

GE will be joining other large employers in Longmont including Seagate, Amgen, Intrado, The Federal Aviation Administration, Xilinx, Mclane Western, and Digital Globe.

At Housing Helpers, we understand that thought and preparation that goes into any relocation — whether it is a company that is moving, an individual or a family. We have knowledge of Longmont and surrounding areas and are ready to help you with your relocation needs, whatever they may be. Contact us today for more information.

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Longmont company helps set new world record

What does Longmont Colorado have in common world record holder Chip Yates?

Recently, at an airshow in Sacramento, a pilot named Chip Yates set two new Guinness World Records for electric-powered airplanes. His records included speed of climb to altitude — he reached 500 meters in 62.58 seconds — and speed over a 1 kilometer course averaging two passes, one in each direction. For that record, Yates’ plane traveled at 212.9 mph on one pass and 216.9 mph on the other.

So, what does this have to do with Longmont? As it turns out, the motor and the controller in Yates’ world record-making plane were designed by successful Longmont-based company UQM Technologies. In addition to developing and manufacturing power-dense high efficiency motors, generators and power electronic controllers, UQM states that a major emphasis for its company is in the development of propulsion systems for electric, hybrid electric, plug in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. Some of UQM’s customers, according to the company’s annual report, include Audi, Saab, Zenith and RTD.

Yates praised the performance of his planes’ motor, saying that he sees implications for commercial and military uses of this electric vehicle technology. For UQM Technologies and many other companies in the Longmont area, the sky is truly the limit as to what innovation, a passion for creating a cleaner environments and an eye toward the future can achieve.

“Yates has taken electric-powered transportation to new heights with his latest round of records,” said Eric R. Ridenour, President and Chief Executive Officer of UQM Technologies, Inc. “Unlike internal-combustion engines, the power output of our electric motor is not affected by altitude, providing steady and consistent power.”

Just as Longmont is a great place to work, it’s also a great place to live! Housing Helpers has decades of experience in helping individuals, families and corporations relocate to Longmont Colorado. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you find your new home in L

About UQM Technologies

UQM Technologies, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of power-dense, high-efficiency electric motors, generators and power electronic controllers  for the automotive, commercial truck, bus, marine and military markets. A major  emphasis for UQM is developing propulsion systems for electric, hybrid electric,  plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. UQM is located in  Longmont, Colorado.

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Longmont Real Estate Market Snapshot

Longmont Colorado is full of natural beauty and great neighborhoods to call home.  It is no wonder that more and more home buyers are relocating to Longmont Colorado each year.   Located in Boulder County, Longmont is high on the list as one of the more popular cities in Colorado for new home buyers.

Here is a quick snapshot of the Longmont Real Estate market.

Home Value.  The average home in Longmont, Colorado is valued at $224,000.  The home value trend appears to be increasing as 2013 progresses.  The all-time low for the past 5 years was in 2010.  There was a small dip in early 2012, but overall, home values have shot up rapidly.

List Price.  The average list price is $265,000.  In the past 5 years, the median list price has fluctuated.  Currently, it has decreased slightly from April 2013 from $270,000.  In general, since September 2012, home list prices have increased.

Sale Price.  Sale prices for homes in Longmont are $233,800.  This is down from the all-time high for the past 5 years of $241,000 in May 2013.  The lowest sale prices for the past 5 years were in February 2011 at $203,000.  The market is slowly reviving.

Here is a great video from the City of Longmont highlighting the benefits of living in Longmont.

Education.  Longmont offers a wide variety of schools to meet the needs of homebuyers.  Several private schools, such as Bloom Montessori School, are available.  Colleges, such as Front Range Community College and Institute of Business & Medical Careers, are available for adult students.

Transportation.  There is public transportation linking Longmont to Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Loveland, and Berthoud.  Longmont is also known as a bicycle-friendly community.

Safety.  In general, the crime rate has decreased in Longmont from 2009 to 2011.

Population.  In 2012, Longmont had approximately 88,669 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.  Population growth has slowly increased from 2010.

Business.   The top employers in Longmont Colorado at the time of this post.

  • St. Vrain Valley Schools (regional school district) with 4875 employees
  • Longmont United Hospital with 1282 employees
  • Seagate Technology with 1160 employees
  • City of Longmont with 814 employees
  • Amgen with 789 employees
  • Intrado with 762 employees
  • Federal Aviation Administration with 540 employees
  • DigitalGlobe with 437 employees
  • McLane Western with 425 employees

Longmont, Colorado is considered by many to be a fantastic place to live.  If you are considering a move to the front range of Colorado it’s worth a look.   Boulder County is a fast growing area with a lot to offer, and Longmont is no exception.  Contact us today so we can help you find your dream home.

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Longmont Colorado, a place to explore and embrace in Boulder County

While viewed as the more affordable place to settle compared to Boulder or other nearby areas, Longmont is much more than that. Sure you do get a better bang for your buck in this northeast corner of Boulder County, but you don’t have to sacrifice location or lifestyle either. Its geographic placement creates a lopsided triangle for Denver and Boulder; just 30 miles southeast to Denver and only 16 miles southwest to Boulder.

Since the 1980’s, the presence of well-known technology companies such as GE Energy, Amgen, and Seagate has increased rapidly, thereby employing more local residents. This and other local companies ultimately contribute to Longmont’s claim to fame as having one of the highest populations of residents who both live and work in the same area.

Longmont also plays host to a number of festivals and activities throughout the year. Thanks to the nearby farms surrounding the bustling Longmont center, there is always something going on, whatever the season. As a testament to this, Money Magazine has named Longmont one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States not once, but twice, in the last ten years (2006 and 2008). This honor is reserved only for places that demonstrate a positive blend of a low crime rate, a solid school system, open spaces, affordable housing costs, and a variety of cultural and enriching activities for residents.

This town of approximately 86,000 residents has such enriching activities across the board. From theatre and live music to winter brew festivals to monthly ArtWalks through the Main Street, anyone with a free hour or two will not be disappointed. Family-friendly activities also abound. The public library system in Longmont has ongoing events for kids of all ages, as well as plenty of open spaces, dog parks, and museums to keep everyone happy and healthy.

Longmont is also home to Colorado’s first New Urbanist housing community known as Prospect New Town. Located on the southern edge of Longmont, these energy-efficient homes and condos create a neighborly feel by being pedestrian-friendly and engaging a unique blend of traditional and modern architecture to accommodate residents with a variety of styles. In fact, Housing Helpers has a great rental property there now!

If this hasn’t convinced you, perhaps you should take a stroll down Longmont’s Main Street and see for yourself. Peruse the art galleries, book stores, and sample the cuisine options from across the globe…you are sure to discover a gem or two!

And when it comes time to relocate, call us here at Housing Helpers and we will be happy to connect you with your perfect Longmont rental property or Longmont Realtors that can show you the wide range of homes for sale in Longmont.   Our Boulder office is just a few minutes away down the Diagonal Highway 119, and Housing Helpers has a number of incredible properties in the Longmont area, we are bound to have an armful of options that suit your preferences.

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