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San Diego, CA, 5/17/2019: Gregory Gibson
of Grand Junction is the 2019 Valedictorian
for the University of San Diego School of
Gibson, who graduated on May 26, earned
a bachelor¡¯s degree in Finance and Business
Economics with a 3.96 grade point average.
After traveling this summer and attending
his sister¡¯s wedding in Denver, he will join
the Software Equity Group in San Diego as a
software mergers and acquisitions analyst.
At USD, Gibson received the School of Busi-
ness Outstanding Scholarship Awards for
Finance and Business Economics and the
Financial Executives International (FEI) stu-
dent award.
He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa,
Sigma Delta Pi, and Omicron Delta Pi honor
societies and was awarded an Alcala Merit
Scholarship and a National Merit Scholarship.
He also was part of a four-man team that
advanced to the finals of the National Invest-
ment Banking competition in Vancouver,
Canada, and co-authored undergraduate
research with USD Economics Professor Ste-
phen Conroy.
He played piano and cello in USD Chamber
Music and is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Gibson graduated from Grand Junction High
School in 2015.
The Good News
2019 June/July
Pg 4 - The Sunshine Express
pre-commercialization research and commercializa-
tion preparation.
Early Stage Capital and Retention grants fund com-
panies commercializing innovative technologies to
create viable products that meet a market need and
can be created or manufactured in Colorado and
exported globally.
The AI Accelerator Grant program received 100
applications this grant cycle. Applications were
reviewed by committees of business, technical and
financial experts, as well as an industry-specific
21 companies were invited to participate in a pitch
session in May with the full AI committee. Final
recommendations were approved by the Economic
Development Commission on May 16, 2019.
The next application cycle for Proof-of-Concept and
Early Stage Capital and Retention Grants will open
on July 1, 2019 and applications will be due Sep-
tember 3, 2019.
The Advanced Industry Accelerator Programs
(AIA) were created in 2013 to promote growth and
sustainability in Colorado¡¯s advanced industries by
driving innovation, accelerating commercialization,
encouraging public-private partnerships, increasing
access to early stage capital and creating a strong
infrastructure that increases the state¡¯s capacity to
be globally competitive.
AIA encompasses three distinct grant programs:
Proof of Concept, Early Stage Capital and Retention,
and Commercialization Infrastructure.
Proof-of-Concept and Early Stage Capital
Grants in western Colorado:
* Voormi, LLC - Pagosa Springs, CO $500,000 -
VOORMI is a company built around the convergence
of textiles and technology.
From advanced manufacturing techniques, to the
seamless integration of consumer technology,
VOORMI believes that bringing a *Silicon Valley*
lens to the fabric that touches your body every day
will truly change what we come to expect from the
clothing we wear.
As we look forward, we see a future where that
same level of foundational comfort brings with it an
endless world of connectivity and services.
* Delta Brick & Climate Company, Ltd - Grand
Junction, CO $250,000 - Delta Brick and Climate
Company is a sustainable building materials com-
pany located in the North Fork Valley.
They produce greenhouse gas negative ceramics
such as brick, pavers, and tile by capturing nearby
coal mine methane to fire their kilns.
Delta Brick uses locally sourced, high quality clay
from the Paonia Reservoir that is currently clogging
the reservoir. They are cleaning the atmosphere,
slowing climate change, and increasing irrigation
resilience in an important agricultural region.
Capital Grants (continued from Pg 3)
May 31, 2019: Congratu-
lations to this year¡¯s San
Miguel Power Association
(SMPA), Tri-State and
Basin Electric scholarship
SMPA is proud to award
the following scholarships
to deserving graduating
seniors within the co-op¡¯s
service territory:
Norwood High School:
Zoey Truelock - SMPA
$2000 Scholarship & Basin
Electric $1000 Scholarship
Jace Sinks - SMPA $2000
Vocational Scholarship
Raquel Johnson - Basin
Electric $1000 Scholarship
Nucla High School:
William Gabriel - SMPA $2000 Scholarship
Taryn Sickels - SMPA $2000 Vocational
Paradox Valley Charter School:
Addison Davis - SMPA $2000 Scholarship
Ouray High School:
Cooper Rondinelli - SMPA $2000 Scholarship
Ridgway High School:
Owen Juell - SMPA $2000 Scholarship
Samantha Scherner - Tri-State $500 Scholarship
Silverton High School:
Blaze Braford-lefebvre - SMPA $2000
Telluride High School:
Jessica Pack - SMPA $2000 Scholarship
Alexa Gardner - Tri-State $500 Scholarship
Telluride Mountain School:
Hamo Thorneycroft - SMPA $2000 Scholarship
¡°Every year we have an amazing group of stu-
dents apply for our scholarships and this year
was no exception,¡± said SMPA CEO and General
Manager, Brad Zaporski, ¡°San Miguel Power sends
out our thanks and appreciation to the parents
and teachers in our service territory for their hard
work shaping our future generations.¡±
SMPA awarded $23,000 in scholarships this year
to help local students pursue higher education.
SMPA offers one $2,000 SMPA scholarship to a
graduating senior from each local high school,
(including public, charter and private schools)
two $500 Tri-State scholarships, and one or two
$1,000 Basin Electric Scholarship, as well as a
$2000 Vocational Scholarship for each school
dedicated to students planning to pursue career
training after high school.
The scholarships are awarded based on overall
academic performance, community involvement,
student need and the students¡¯ own writings.
The scholarship recipients were selected from a
blind evaluation by a volunteer committee.
This committee selflessly commits their time and
effort to evaluate applications thoroughly and
fairly. SMPA expresses our sincere thanks to these
San Miguel
Power Assoc.
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Tips on Setting Your Freelance
Hey Taylor - I¡¯ve just started
doing freelance work because
I feel like this is the best way to boost my earning
potential and take control of my career. Problem is,
I have no idea what to charge clients for my design
and copywriting services. Is there a standard for
this? - Katie
Hey Katie - Good for you! The first step is usually
the hardest, so I feel like you¡¯re on your way to
success already. As for what to charge, there are
all sorts of different standards, and you need to
figure out what works for you. Some things to think
1. What makes sense for you? I know, I¡¯m respond-
ing to your question with virtually the exact same
The thing is, you don¡¯t just get to start at the same
level as everyone else. Like with any job, you climb
the ladder and earn your raises.
However, you need to make sure you¡¯re not under-
selling yourself right out of the gate. In your haste
to get clients, you might find yourself overworked
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