Sustainability-Minded Firm City Explained, Inc. Joins Confluence

LAFAYETTE, CO - City Explained, Inc. (CEI), a provider of community-based planning services and software, joins Confluence Small Business Collective in Lafayette. Confluence will provide workspace and resources for local staff and remote team members working on the firm’s technology, software, and project service initiatives.

Confluence Founder and General Manager, Tom Hardie, shared his enthusiasm for the addition. “City Explained is doing innovative, forward-thinking work around the world to support communities as they plan for a more sustainable future. In an environment of unprecedented local growth in Lafayette and neighboring communities, these services are extremely relevant.”

Confluence is fostering a culture of sustainable business practices among its membership. “They’re a perfect fit,” said Hardie.

CEI President, Matt Noonkester, commented on the move to Confluence. “We're very excited about joining the Confluence community because of the energy, innovation and imagination we see throughout the building every day.  It will be a great location for us to be creative for our clients and we're proud to continue the momentum of the City of Lafayette and its partners to invest in downtown.”

CEI will occupy space in the current Confluence building on South Public Road initially and transition to the new facility at 75 Waneka Parkway when it opens later this year.

About City Explained Inc.: City Explained, Inc. (CEI) actively seeks to align itself with cities, counties and regions that appreciate and uphold the virtues of community‐based planning.  The team emphasizes a process‐driven approach to sustainable development and town‐building; always with an eye toward sound technical analysis, meaningful public involvement, and creative solutions for realizing a community’s vision.  CEI relies upon creativity and national experience to provide clients with plans that are bold, achievable and fiscally-responsible, striving to work on the most interesting, meaningful and socially‐responsible projects with truly‐committed clients.

CEI’s flagship software product, CommunityViz, is widely used throughout North America and the world for scenario planning, decision analytics, and visualization.  The company’s experience covers everything about the software and its applications: sophisticated model building, custom software applications, technical support, and interactive public engagement solutions. http://www.city-explained.com/

About Confluence: The Confluence Small Business Collective is a shared-office community offering flexible workspace, meeting space, and value-added services for local professionals. Members and day-users work, meet, and connect in the heart of a revitalized district with quick access to the best coffee shops and restaurants in downtown Lafayette, CO. The community features business owners, freelancers, nonprofits, and remote employees representing a range of industries and professions. Confluence was founded in late 2013 by Lafayette residents Tom and Kristin Hardie and provided services to more than 100 individuals and organizations in 2016.

 

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Confluence Founder Tom Hardie Selected for Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee (LESAC)

LAFAYETTE, CO - Tom Hardie, Founder and Director of Operations at Confluence Small Business Collective, was chosen to join the Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee (LESAC).

According to the City of Lafayette website, LESAC is a citizen-member committee which was established by the Lafayette City Council in order to provide advice and direction for the city on matters related to energy sustainability. Open positions are filled through an application review process and approved by City Council.

Hardie and his wife, Kristin, moved to Lafayette from Boulder in 2001. Together they launched Confluence in 2013, which currently operates at 102 East Cleveland Street in Lafayette.

“Participating on the committee is a unique opportunity and a huge honor,” said Hardie. “As a resident, I’m excited to be engaged with other citizens and local policymakers to set the bar for sustainability in Boulder County and across the state. As a business leader, Confluence will leverage the perspective to facilitate a green culture for its member organizations and the broader business community.”

Confluence was a Gold-level award winner in the 2016 Lafayette Green Business program, recognized for efforts in waste-reduction and energy efficiency. In February of this year, the Hardies closed on the purchase of a commercial property located at 75 Waneka Parkway, where Confluence will relocate at the end of this year. The building is equipped with solar and wind electricity generation, along with cutting edge solar hybrid hot water technology. “These features were important to us as we mapped the future for Confluence.”

Hardie was approved to fill the LESAC vacancy at the March 7th City Council meeting and will serve a three year term ending in 2020.

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Confluence member Empowerment Center of East County awarded $9,100 by Guys Who Give - Boulder County

LAFAYETTE, CO - Confluence Small Business Collective member organization, The Empowerment Center of East County, was recently awarded $9,100 in donations by members of Guys Who Give - Boulder County.

The Empowerment Center, known to its participants as (EC)2, offers services, programming, and mentorship opportunities to Lafayette youth. Their mission is to cultivate the inherent capacities of young people and their families to create positive social change in themselves and their home communities through the arts, community-based learning, and leadership opportunities.

Guys Who Give is a group of men who meet quarterly to nominate and select a Boulder County organization to receive direct donations from its members. Organized by founding member Justin Livingston, the Guys Who Give website describes itself as a dynamic and inspired group of local men who are interested in making a meaningful impact right here in our local communities.

About this quarter’s recipient, Livingston commented, “The work they do is so important and targeting the children and youth of our community not only provides resources to our most vulnerable young neighbors but helps shape these amazing humans become contributing members of our community. I’m humbled that Guys Who Give continues to grow and flood the local nonprofit community with funds to continue to do amazing work and I'm excited to see what good comes from giving (EC)2 a few more resources to boost their impactive services.”

Elaina Verveer, Executive Director of The Empowerment Center, talked about the positive boost from these donations to the organization. “As a Lafayette-based, youth leadership nonprofit, (EC)2 often relies on the kindness of the local community.  We are so grateful to Guys Who Give - Boulder County not only for their incredible donation, which will ensure Lafayette youth continue to have access to quality programming, but also for their involvement in the greater community.”

Through its Facebook page on March 1st, Confluence Founder and Director of Operations Tom Hardie said, “The Empowerment Center of East County is a valuable member of our community and our extended team. Today they were awarded over $9,000 by Guys Who Give - Boulder County to support the important programming they facilitate for youth in Lafayette. Congratulations!”

Representatives of The Empowerment Center will attend the next Guys Who Give meeting at Gravity Brewing in Louisville on May 10th to talk about the organization and the impact of the donations.

For more information:

Elaina Verveer, elaina@empowermentcentereastcounty.org, http://www.empowermentcentereastcounty.org 

Justin Livingston, guyswhogiveboulder@gmail.com, https://www.guyswhogive.com/

About Confluence: The Confluence Small Business Collective is a shared-office community offering flexible workspace, meeting space, and value-added services for local professionals. Members and day-users work, meet, and connect in the heart of a revitalized district with quick access to the best coffee shops and restaurants in downtown Lafayette, CO. The community features business owners, freelancers, nonprofits, and remote employees representing a range of industries and professions. Confluence was founded in late 2013 by Lafayette residents Tom and Kristin Hardie and provided services to more than 100 individuals and organizations in 2016.

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Confluence Small Business Collective to double shared-office space, foster sustainability in downtown Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, CO - Confluence Small Business Collective, a shared-office and coworking space for freelancers, early-stage businesses, nonprofits, and remote professionals, will relocate to the property located at 75 Waneka Parkway in downtown Lafayette later this year. The 7,700 square foot facility was recently purchased by Key17 Holding, LLC for use by Confluence, more than doubling its current size. Confluence will relocate from its current facility at at 102 East Cleveland Street in Lafayette.

"Lafayette has embraced Confluence in its first several years and we're thrilled for this opportunity to grow into a larger, more modern facility that will afford a greater variety of work and meet space without leaving downtown Lafayette," said Tom Hardie, Co-Founder and Director of Operations. "We’re also eager to expand programming and outreach in the new facility.”

Constructed in 2005, the building is equipped with solar and wind electricity generation, along with cutting edge solar hybrid hot water technology. “We felt the property itself was a perfect fit with our values and the values of many of our members,” said Hardie. “We look forward to fostering a culture of sustainability among our community.” Confluence was a Gold-level award winner in the 2016 Lafayette Green Business program and will release more details about its planned sustainability initiatives in the coming months.

Lafayette Mayor Christine Berg shared support for Confluence in a letter to the Small Business Administration. "Besides the value provided to its own members and users, the impact to nearby coffee shops, restaurants, and other retail businesses is significant. Confluence is becoming a draw within Lafayette, giving people good reasons to build businesses locally. When it comes to economic development, we all benefit," wrote Berg.

Confluence is targeting late 2017 to relocate from its current facility after completing phase one property improvements. Existing members will receive priority consideration for workspace in the new facility and Confluence will accept new membership applications ahead of relocation. Space design plans will be released at a later date.

About Confluence: The Confluence Small Business Collective is a shared-office community offering flexible workspace, meeting space, and value-added services for local professionals. Members and day-users work, meet, and connect in the heart of a revitalized district with quick access to the best coffee shops and restaurants in downtown Lafayette, CO. The community features business owners, freelancers, and remote employees representing a range of industries and professions. Confluence was founded in late 2013 by Lafayette residents Tom and Kristin Hardie and provided services to more than 100 individuals and organizations in 2016. 

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