We like to recognize all that's good about Greeley: student athletic and academic achievements; positive partnerships between businesses and schools; national rankings; and local, state and national awards earned by our non-profit, civic, business and government workers. Here is some recent good news.
Natural Area Restoration: Great Outdoors Colorado Grant
The City of Greeley received a $67,700 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado. The grant will support Urban Natural Area Habitat Restoration projects at Pumpkin Ridge, McClosky, and Mountain Shadows Natural Areas. Restoration efforts will focus on controlling invasive, non-native plants and increasing the diversity of native plant species on 96 acres. The project also includes community outreach and new signage.
Double Diamond CrossFit Team: 24-hour AMRAP Challenge
Congratulations to The Double Diamond CrossFit team in Greeley for taking 2nd place in the 24-hour AMRAP Challenge – a real-time, online global CrossFit team competition. A total of 101 teams competed this year; 30 of those from the U.S. Double Diamond took 1st in 2015 and 2016 as well.
Greeley School District 6: FAFSA Excellence
Successfully completing FAFSA applications for Federal Student Aid is a major accomplishment when students are planning to pursue post-secondary education. Congratulations to District 6 for achieving FAFSA Excellence status with the greatest increase in application submissions for Urban/Suburban districts in Colorado from the 2016/2017 school year to the 2017/2018 school year.
City of Greeley Finance: Certificate of Achievement of Excellence
The Certificate of Achievement of Excellence in Financial Reporting was recently awarded to the City of Greeley by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This recognition was given for the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
Story Barns, LLC: Best of Customer Service on Houzz
Greeley-based Story Barns, LLC has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz, a platform used for home remodeling and design. Story Barns is a reclaimed lumber company that specializes in reclaimed wood fixtures and furniture with a vintage flair.
Greeley Police Department Fundraising Award
Greeley Police Department received the 2017 LETR Director’s Award from Special Olympics Colorado. GPD was able to raise over $30,000 for Special Olympics by participating in events such as the Polar Plunge, Torch Run, Firetruck Pull, Plane Pull at DIA and the Texas Roadhouse TipACop. GPD was 3rd in the State for fundraising.
2017 Attorney General’s Crucial Support in Law Enforcement Award
Congratulations to Greeley police evidence supervisor Susan Johnson for receiving the 2017 Attorney General’s Crucial Support in Law Enforcement award. This is not the first time Greeley Police have been recognized for their hard work. Detective Michael Prill received the Colorado Attorney General’s Excellence in Criminal Investigation award in 2016.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Essay Winner
Caitlyn Olson, a senior at Frontier Academy was recognized as the state winner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy scholarship. Caitlyn received $1,000 for her essay American History: Our Hope for the Future and will now head to the national competition in Washington D.C. Voice of Democracy is an annual nationwide scholarship program.
UNC Receives $700,000 Grant Active Schools Youth Fitness Initiative
The University of Northern Colorado’s sport and exercise science program is one of two partner universities in the nation chosen to participate in the Active Schools youth fitness initiative. UNC received a $700,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to promote health and wellness at high-need schools. Two UNC faculty members were also chosen to sit on the Active Schools’ leadership committee.