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Aspen officials forge on with new housing at Airport Business Center

Aspen City Council on Tuesday approved a $2.9 million contract with an architecture and engineering design team to move the Lumberyard affordable housing project forward at the Airport Business Center.

A portion of the contract, for $695,728, was approved for the Montana-based Cushing Terrell to help the city in schematic design and land use application support for as many as 300 units on the city-owned, 10.5-acre parcel.

Cushing Terrell will join the city’s Lumberyard team, which includes DHM Design, a land planning consulting firm and Connect One Design, which has helped with community outreach, among other tasks.

The city paid $30 million for the property where the workforce housing will be built, and the project is estimated to cost $330 million.

Council is following the direction of previous elected boards in accelerating the project due to the housing shortage crisis in the valley, particularly in Aspen, and is aiming for

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Why minority-owned small businesses may need extra COVID recovery boost

RICHMOND, Va. — Small businesses are recognized as the backbone of the economy which is why helping them rebound is critical to Central Virginia’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Minority-owned businesses, specifically, might need an extra boost.

Nestled in Richmond’s East End is J&G Workforce Development Services.

“We’re located in the heart of one of our low-income communities,” said CEO and president, Grace Washington. “We have to be accessible to the residents, because that’s who we want to assist in improving their lives.”

Grace Washington


Grace Washington

Much of Washington’s work involves connecting minorities to jobs. As a Black business leader herself, she knows firsthand that career success for people of color can be an uphill battle sometimes.

“Whether it be reentry, or substance abuse, or mental health, lack of skills, lack of education, whatever those barriers are, we can get them into the system and start them on a career

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Women’s Business Center in Memphis aims to help businesses impacted by pandemic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – BJ Chester-Tamayo has been the owner of Alcenia’s on North Main for over 20 years. The restaurant was named after her mother and was created in honor of her son.

“When I lost him in a motorcycle accident, I knew I had to change what I was doing,” she said.

After many years of hard work, it was in December 2020 – during a global pandemic – when she was able to finally purchase the building where she operates her restaurant.

Throughout the process of buying the building she worked with the Executive Director of the Women’s Business Center South.

“She was very instrumental in helping Alcenia’s through mentoring me, through making sure I had my financials in order,” she said.

Venesha Mitchell recently opened a WBC South office at Crosstown Concourse. She is looking to help women business owners navigate what can sometimes be a

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Margie Graves Named Senior Fellow at IBM Government Business Center

Margie Graves, who served as the federal deputy chief information officer from March 2016 to December 2019, has joined IBM‘s (NYSE: IBM) Center for The Business of Government as a senior fellow.

Her new role will center on research, public speaking and writing about various topics such as cloud computing, analytics, emerging technology and cybersecurity, IBM said Monday. 

Graves will also work as digital strategist for Big Blue’s federal services group and take part in its Former Government Executives Council activities.

Her government service also included time as acting federal CIO under the Trump administration and deputy CIO at the Department of Homeland Security, where she oversaw DHS’ $5.4 billion information technology portfolio and managed projects in its Office of the Chief Information Officer.

She is the chair of the Industry Advisory Council, a National Academy of Public Administration fellow and part of the Partnership for Public Service’s Strategic

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