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WOODY CREEK – The People’s Press, a community-based publishing group from Woody Creek, has received best-in-show honors for creative excellence in website design from the American Advertising Association.

GrahamSpencer, a full-service communications firm with offices in Ridgway and Rockford, Ill., partnered with the People’s Press to design and develop the award-winning website.

George Stranahan, co-founder of the People’s Press, and among other things, the founder of the Aspen Center for Physics; creator of the Mountain Gazette; founder of the Flying Dog Brewery and George Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, expressed his sentiments in few words: “We’re all so friggin’ awesome.”

ASPEN – The city of Aspen and Pitkin County have been awarded the 2009 STaR Award for “outstanding planning initiative” by the Small Town and Rural (STaR) planning division for their collaboration on the Aspen Area Community Plan (AACP).

Partnering with Design Workshop, an Aspen-based landscape architecture, land planning, urban design and strategic services firm, the city and county sought to engage the community through a comprehensive effort designed to increase citizen involvement.

The AACP serves as a 10-year community vision for the future that helps to guide decision-making by elected officials.

The group utilized group meetings, media, focus groups and social media, traveling tool kits for citizens to host personalized meetings, speaker series and website to get citizen involvement. More than 1,000 community members took part in the planning process, nearly 10 times more than were involved during the 1998-2000 process.

Design Workshop also won the same award in 2008 for its Avon Community Plan.

ASPEN – Maura McKenna Masters has launched a new website for M3 Marketing, http://www.m3marketing.biz.

Specializing in public relations, advertising and special event planning, M3 Marketing helps local businesses achieve their 2010 marketing goals.

PITKIN COUNTY – Mesa County-based United Companies and Pitkin County have been awarded the 2009 “Best in Colorado” asphalt pavement quality award for road improvements on McClain Flats Road.

Receiving the award were Mark Painter, chip seal supervisor, and Mike McGhee, project manager and estimator on behalf of United Companies; and Gerald Fielding, county engineer, on behalf of Pitkin County.

AVON – The second phase of redevelopment known as The Village at Avon achieved LEED certification last month, becoming one of the first buildings in the Vail Valley to be built within the eco-conscious LEED standards.

In order to achieve LEED certification, the development’s owner, Traer Creek, LLC, enlisted the help of Design Workshop.

Design Workshop guided the building team for The Village at Avon in learning the LEED process and gaining expertise in the technologies associated with “green” design and construction.

In addition to attaining LEED certification, The Village at Avon also received the innovation and design credit from the U.S. Green Building Council by purchasing renewable wind energy offsets for the building.

ASPEN – Aspen-based based Rowland+Broughton Architecture and Urban Design is celebrating Colorado Architecture Month by participating in the American Institute of Architecture’s Delicious Designs program.

Delicious Designs is a program that commemorates Colorado architecture through dessert during April. The program is designed to draw attention to the importance of architecture and its effect on our everyday lives.

Rowland+Broughton is partnering with Denver restaurant Luca d’Italia on the dessert creation. The Colorado State Capitol building was selected

ASPEN – Representatives of Ace Hardware stores nationwide convened in Aspen earlier this winter to raise $52,129 for Children’s Hospital in Aurora.

About 100 Ace officials met for the fifth annual Miracle on the Mountains charity event.

In a separate fundraiser, 150 Colorado and Wyoming Ace Hardware stores participated in a “Have a Heart” campaign to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. An additional $15,000 was raised by Ace for that effort by selling heart-shaped icons at cash registers in stores for $1 each.

ASPEN – Aspen-based Bluegreen has been recognized by the city of Aspen for providing environmentally friendly transportation options to their employees.

Bluegreen is the recipient of a 2010 alternative transportation grant to augment funding for an existing program under way at Bluegreen. The grant money will be applied to systems that reduce vehicle trips, improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and minimize energy consumption in the Roaring Fork Valley.