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May 12th, 2022

Natural Helpers Resource Guide

The nationally recognized Natural Helpers program was brought to Aurora by the Office of International and Immigrant Affairs in 2016 in response to the city’s Comprehensive Strategic Plan to expand programs for integration of refugees and immigrants. The program’s goal is to identify, train and empower local immigrants and refugees who understand the challenges of
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May 11th, 2022

Arapahoe County is now accepting ALL warrants and ALL PC arrests

   Memorandum   DATE:            May 6th, 2022 TO:                 Arapahoe County Law Enforcement Agencies FROM:          Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown SUBJECT:     Update re: Law Enforcement Contacts & Arapahoe County Detention Facility Procedures                                                                                                                                                               This memorandum is to update you regarding the status of law enforcement operations at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and at
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May 4th, 2022

ARPA Grant Programs – Safety and Security Grant – Apply May 16, 2022!

Learn More: ARPA Grant Programs – City of Aurora (auroragov.org) https://www.auroragov.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=18506550 Our contact at APD’s Community Relations, Joshua Nicholas, shared the ARPA page with the Havana BID.  As soon as the application link is available, the Havana BID will send out emails and communications to the special district.  Joshua Nicholas Manager, Community Relations Section Aurora
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April 30th, 2022

Minority Small Business Fund – Apply Today!

Minority Small Business Grant -English Apply Today Here VEC has opened up a 3rd round of grants for minority owned businesses that are based in Aurora. Deadline May 9, 2022 Up to $5,000 This grant helps to cover expenses to assist entrepreneurs with new skills, such as branding, raising capital, finances/budgeting, business plans and continued
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April 29th, 2022

The Black Ambition Prize – Apply Today!

Community Partners at @energizecolo shared The Black Ambition Prize funding opportunity. Founded by Pharrell in 2020, the endeavor funds ventures in consumer products and services, media and entertainment, healthcare, technology, and Web 3.0. Applicants are eligible to win up to $1M, as well as access to mentorship, resources and the Black Ambition Network. Represent the
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April 7th, 2022

New online registration for Aurora City Council public comment

Public Comment Changes Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: April 1, 2022 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected] New online registration for Aurora City Council public comment AURORA, Colo. – The Aurora City Council, which welcomes public comment, has refined its process for speaking before the council. The new process will begin with the April
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March 30th, 2022

Partners in Energy Business Resources – Save Money for your Business Today!

Business Assessment Take the guesswork out of sustainability with Small Business Energy Assessment from Xcel Energy! The assessments will help you understand your business’ energy use and provide energy efficiency opportunities that can help reduce utility bills and maintenance costs. They’ll also help you identify available rebates, connect with contractors, and provide information on financing
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March 28th, 2022

Coffee & Bagels Networking On Havana Street

Join GEICO Aurora on Friday, April 8, 2022, 9:30am-11am, for FREE Breakfast Networking.  Please see the invitation for a coffee & bagels networking event that GEICO Aurora is hosting. They will have games with prizes along with coffee & bagels. Please rsvp to [email protected] GEICO Aurora looks forward to meeting you and your team and networking. 
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March 22nd, 2022

Funding opportunity for small businesses – Hennessy

Dear On Havana Street, a local community partner APDC shared this funding opportunity with Hennessy. APDC shared that Hennessy is looking to support Black, Asian, and/or Latinx small-business owners and knew that our global corridor may have businesses or know of businesses that would qualify. Please feel free to share this funding opportunity with other businesses that
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March 21st, 2022

City of Aurora Business Updates – Liquor License Newsletter 3.17.2022

Aurora Liquor Informational Bulletin   This is the inaugural City of Aurora Liquor Licensee informational bulletin. This bulletin was sent to all  liquor licenses in Aurora, Colorado. If you know of others that would benefit from subscribing, please forward them this link: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/kJWE3xN/liquor   IN THIS BULLETIN   ·    Other Aurora Newsletters ·    Red Tape
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March 21st, 2022

Tri-County Health Dept.’s A-Z Recycling Guide

Spring cleaning is around the corner and now is the time to find locations for your hard-to-recycle items. Luckily, our A-Z Recycling Guide can connect you to the right place for any unwanted items including appliances and old prescriptions! Visit www.tchd.org/RecycleGuide to find a location or recycling event near you!

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March 9th, 2022

 Xcel Energy Partners in Energy – Learn More about Savings for your business

  EV Solutions – EV Solutions | Business Services | Xcel Energy– Advisors available to support businesses interested in electric vehicles or charging stations for their employees or customers. Business Energy Assessments – Business Energy Assessments | Cost Savings | Business Services | Xcel Energy– free service to qualifying businesses – identifies energy and cost saving opportunities.
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March 9th, 2022

On Havana Street Workforce Covid-19 Recovery Resources

The BID is connecting businesses with local resources and partners for workforce and training. Here are opportunities and partners to work with below for workforce development in our community:   Post job availabilities on the BID’s website and blog. Chance created a new webpage for job seekers On Havana Street here. Please share job openings
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March 9th, 2022

City Resource Guide for New Immigrants and Refugees now available

The guide has been translated to Dari and Pashto to assist Afghan evacuees coming to the city. English: https://tinyurl.com/AuroraImmigrantResourceGuide Dari: https://tinyurl.com/AuroraImmigrantGuide-Dari Pashto:  https://tinyurl.com/AuroraImmigrantGuide-Pashto Other language translation will be available soon. Check out their Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/internationalaurora/

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February 23rd, 2022

Free COVID-19 rapid tests available at Aurora libraries Wednesday morning

Sentinel Aurora Media Group Read Full Article Here By CARINA JULIG, Staff Writer AURORA | Six Aurora libraries and a fire station will be giving away 900 free COVID-19 rapid tests Wednesday morning as part of a partnership with the State of Colorado. The governor’s office is expanding on the success of the free mask distribution
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February 9th, 2022

City Resource Guide for New Immigrants and Refugees is now available in English, Dari, Pashto, and Spanish.

English – https://tinyurl.com/AuroraImmigrantResourceGuide Dari – https://tinyurl.com/AuroraImmigrantGuide-Dari Pashto – https://tinyurl.com/AuroraImmigrantGuide-Pashto Spanish – https://tinyurl.com/AuroraImmigrantGuide-Spanish   Contact for more information: Minsoo SongCommunity Outreach Coordinator Office of International and Immigrant Affairs | City of Auroraoffice 303.739.7521    Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Nextdoor |

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February 3rd, 2022

Red Tape Reduction Committee wants to hear from you

The Aurora City Council’s Red Tape Reduction Committee wants to hear about your experiences working through the city’s development planning, permitting, licensing and other business-related processes. Your input will help guide the committee, City Council and staff in analyzing opportunities for improvement or changes necessary to allow Aurora businesses to thrive and to ensure policies
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February 1st, 2022

Apply now for openings on city boards and commissions

Board and Commission Openings Board and Commission Openings Feb 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: Feb. 1, 2022 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected] Apply now for openings on city boards and commissions   AURORA, Colo. – The city of Aurora is accepting applications now for vacancies on the following boards listed below. Volunteering for
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January 31st, 2022

DEN Newsletter with Resources for Businesses

Our community partners at DEN shared their newsletter from January 28, 2022. There are great business resources for businesses that would like to engage with the airport. Connect with Michelle Sandoval or Learn More Here DEN Commerce Hub — Business Opportunities    What is the Commerce Hub Commerce Hub acts as a resource for small businesses and champion efforts that
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January 27th, 2022

State reports giving away 1.7 million masks to Coloradans; Aurora gears up to distribute 25,000 more

Aurora Sentinel – Read the Full Article Here By CARINA JULIG, Staff Writer  – January 25, 2022 AURORA |  Following the distribution of several thousand KN95 and surgical masks last week, Aurora Public Library will distribute 25,000 more masks this week beginning Tuesday evening. The distribution is part of a statewide program to help Coloradans get access
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January 27th, 2022

Neighborhood Grants

Learn More Here auroragov.org/NeighborhoodGrants The City of Aurora is hosting Neighborhood Grants. Apply Today! From building strong neighborhood connections to tackling neighborhood issues, the city of Aurora believes in the power of close-knit communities. This is why the city offers funding opportunities for residents.  Opportunities include: Neighborhood Improvement Grant (New!) Neighborhood Mini-Grants Know Your Neighbor Mini-Grant
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January 25th, 2022

Keep your kids safe and healthy this winter

Tips to stay out of the emergency department this winter Winter Health and Safety Tips from Children’s Hospital Colorado Winter is the busiest season in the Children’s Hospital Colorado emergency department for a reason. From cases of the flu, RSV and COVID to injuries caused by winter activities like skiing, snowboarding and ice skating, the
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January 24th, 2022

United for Business – SMALL BUSINESS WEBSITE PROGRAM

Mile High United Way – United for Business Program Website Link Here: https://unitedwaydenver.org/small-business-website-program/ No cost website creation program for small businesses located in Thornton and Aurora, CO.   The United for Business Website Program works with small businesses, primarily minority and woman-owned businesses, to produce, design, and create their website. With the help of business consultants and
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January 24th, 2022

Aurora lawmakers soliciting input from businesses tired of government ‘red tape’

By MAX LEVY, Sentinel Staff Writer January 24, 2022 See Full Article by the Aurora Sentinel Here Aurora Municipal Center Photo by PHILIP B. POSTON/Sentinel Colorado AURORA | If you’re an Aurora businessperson frustrated with local licensing, regulations, taxes, fees and other conditions for doing business set by the city, members of Aurora’s City Council want
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January 20th, 2022

Where to get free KN95 and surgical grade masks

Information from https://covid19.colorado.gov/freemasks Updated: January 19, 2022 | Available languages: Español Limit: 5 masks per person per month In support of the State of Colorado’s ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and assist in the mitigation of virus spread, the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) will offer KN95 and surgical grade
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January 20th, 2022

Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

NOTE: Image of tests is only representative. Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order: Limit of one order per residential address One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests Orders will ship free starting in late
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January 12th, 2022

Aurora City Council extends ‘safety and security’ grants to nonprofits and community organizations

By MAX LEVY, Staff Writer  Sentinel Article Here January 10, 2022 AURORA | Business owners along the Colfax corridor and elsewhere in Aurora could soon get help keeping their property safe, after the city council voted Monday to move forward a grant program backed by $3 million in federal aid. Nonprofits and community organizations are also
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October 29th, 2021

COVID-19: ON HAVANA STREET IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS – LIST OF RESTAURANTS & BUSINESS UPDATES

UPDATED 10/29/2021 Below is a list of business open as essential businesses, closures, and other updates for On Havana Street businesses responding to COVID-19 concerns. If you would like your business information to be included below, please email details to [email protected] If you would like to learn how to continue to support the Havana Business
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October 28th, 2021

Flu or COVID? How to Tell.

Respiratory season is upon us, and it’s an unusually early one this year. ‘Normal’ winter respiratory illnesses like cold, croup and flu are up in kids across the board. Meanwhile, their symptoms can look a lot like COVID-19. How to tell one from the other? An infectious disease expert from Children’s Hospital Colorado says that
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September 28th, 2021

United for Business – Website Build Initiative – SMALL BUSINESS WEBSITE PROGRAM

SMALL BUSINESS WEBSITE PROGRAM by the Mile High United Way No cost website creation program for small businesses located in Thornton and Aurora, CO.   The United for Business Website Program works with small businesses, primarily minority and woman-owned businesses, to produce, design, and create their website. With the help of business consultants and a team of
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September 27th, 2021

Consumer spending at Colorado restaurants back to pre-pandemic levels, but staffing is not

Restaurants are back to pre-pandemic customer spending without tens of thousands of employees, but is it sustainable? Consumer spending at Colorado restaurants back to pre-pandemic levels, but staffing is not Author: Marshall Zelinger Published: 8:37 PM MDT September 21, 2021 Updated: 8:37 PM MDT September 21, 2021   DENVER — Colorado bars and restaurants are doing more with
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September 22nd, 2021

Colorado offering free at-home COVID-19 tests to all Coloradans

By  CARINA JULIG, Staff Writer September 21, 2021 Read the Aurora Sentinel’s Full Article Here DENVER | Coloradans can now sign up to have eight free rapid COVID-19 tests delivered to their doorstep, Gov. Jared Polis announced at a Tuesday news conference. The state has acquired two million of the rapid antigen tests, which deliver results
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September 22nd, 2021

Rapid At-Home testing program

Rapid At-Home testing program Information from the State of Colorado’s website here https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home Last updated September 21, 2021. Additional languages:  Spanish | Tiếng Việt |中文| Soomaali | العربية | नेपाली   Over the past year, we have learned how important it is to layer strategies to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19. Using multiple prevention strategies is especially important in stopping more contagious
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September 16th, 2021

Aurora hosting virtual listening sessions as part of American Rescue Plan Act funding community outreach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: Sept. 16, 2021 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected] Aurora hosting virtual listening sessions as part of community outreach for American Rescue Plan Act funding AURORA, Colo. – The city of Aurora is hosting four virtual listening sessions starting Sept. 28 as part of an effort to gather feedback from
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August 31st, 2021

Programs, Business Funding and Incentives for Businesses in Colorado

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) – Business Funding and Incentives The Business Funding and Incentives (BF&I) division works closely with the Global Business Development (GBD) division and the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC) to provide the funding and performance-based incentives needed to create and retain jobs in Colorado. The division manages: grants tax credits debt and equity
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August 25th, 2021

Colorado Governor Visits Aurora City Korean-Operated Stores to Communicate with Community Members

콜로라도 주지사, 오로라시 한인운영상점 방문해 지역사회 일원들과 소통 Home  news  Colorado News  Colorado Governor Visits Aurora City Korean-Operated Stores to Communicate with Community Members news Colorado News Korean News ByReporter Jo Ye-won 2021-08-25 On Friday, the 20th, around 2pm, Governor Gerard Police of Colorado visited Coffee Story in Havana-gil, Aurora, and became a hot topic. The business roundtable,
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August 19th, 2021

COVID-19 Testing Site is Available Near On Havana Street Corridor

Please encourage your workforce and community to get Covid-19 tested near On Havana Street. COVID-19 Testing Site UPDATE: Extended through Oct. 31 Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., free testing for COVID-19 is provided to anyone who wants to be tested, especially those who have symptoms. No appointment is necessary. No doctor referral,
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August 19th, 2021

COVID-19 Resource – Get a Free Vaccine Today!

Tri-County Health Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Daily until further notice 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Walk-in and drive-through clinic (no appointment necessary) supported by Jogan Health and the city of Aurora. Aurora Municipal Campus southwest parking lot, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway AuroraGov.org/Vaccine This information was provided by
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August 12th, 2021

ARMS RACE: Mobile clinics work to vaccinate hard-to-reach communities along the Colfax corridor

By Markian Hawryluk, Kaiser Health News Aurora Sentinel August 12, 2021 Trae Dickerson shows off his band-aid after getting his COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, Aug. 10, at the Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, which was set up in the parking lot of Mariscos El Rey. Photo by PHILIP B. POSTON/Sentinel Colorado John Letson had seen too many
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August 6th, 2021

IRS Small Business Resources in Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese

Community Partners shared some of the tax information and resources in Asian languages that are Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese. The IRS does have the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center available in Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean and Vietnamese. Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center ·         中文 (简体)  Simplified Chinese ·         中文 (繁體)  Traditional Chinese
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August 2nd, 2021

COVID-19 Business resources & information By The Aurora Chamber of Commerce

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce shared some great resources and links for businesses in the Denver-Aurora Metro Area. Learn More at the AuroraChamber.org   COVID-19 Business resources & information Adams County Business and Eco-Devo COVID-19 Resources Arapahoe County COVID Resources Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center Resources Colorado COVID-19 Small Business Legal Program Volunteer lawyers
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July 27th, 2021

The COVID-19 Vaccines: What Do You Want to Know?

You have questions, and that’s okay. We consulted the experts and tracked down answers to the most common COVID-19 vaccine questions we hear. What do we know about them? What don’t we know about them? Which vaccine is best? How do we know it’s safe? Wherever you are on your personal journey, the facts can
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July 7th, 2021

Business Emergency Resources

This page is intended to help provide business owners with tools and resources to be as prepared as possible in the event of an emergency situation.   Sources have been gathered from a variety of organizations. The page will be updated with information as appropriate. This page and resources were shared by Downtown Colorado Inc, Downtown
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July 2nd, 2021

Aurora COVID-19 vaccine clinics closed for July 4 weekend, New appointments available July 10, 11 and 17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: June 28, 2021 Media Contact: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected] Aurora COVID-19 vaccine clinics closed for July 4 weekend New appointments available July 10, 11 and 17 AURORA, Colo. – The weekend COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the Aurora Municipal Center will be closed this weekend, July 3 and 4, due to
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June 15th, 2021

Join the Havana Street Corridor Study – Final Public Meeting – July 15, 2021

Havana Street Corridor Study Havana Street is one of the most vital roadways in Aurora, connecting corridor residents to the surrounding community and other major transportation corridors in the city and region. So the city is conducting the Havana Street Corridor Study to create a vision and plan for better safety and mobility for pedestrians,
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May 27th, 2021

COVID-19 Testing Site Extended through June 30

Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., free testing for COVID-19 is provided to anyone who wants to be tested, especially those who have symptoms. No appointment is necessary. No doctor referral, no health insurance, and no proof of identification is required. Online registration in advance is preferred but is not required. Aurora
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May 21st, 2021

The only way to defeat COVID-19 is together – List of Free Vaccinations Locations

Thank you to everyone who has gotten vaccinated or plans to get vaccinated. It’s so easy. No appointment is needed at our six community vaccination sites: 🔵 The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland (Larimer County) ⏰: Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm 🔵 Grand Junction Convention Center (Mesa County) ⏰: Wednesday-Friday 3 pm to
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May 19th, 2021

Support Businesses Owned by People of Color – Business Directory

  In the summer of 2020, we saw a outpouring of support for the Black community in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Many people were asking how they could support the Black community and one way was to patronize Black-owned businesses. Put money into the pockets of Black business owners and intentionally choose to
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May 19th, 2021

100 Asians To Know in Denver

This list is comprised of changemakers in Denver’s Asian community and influencers in their industries. It was developed from recommendations from Asian community members.   Read their full bios in Asian Avenue Magazine’s Special Edition for May. List of all 100 along with their Asian ethnicities below. UNDER 30 | 9-11 1) Joie Ha (Chinese,
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May 4th, 2021

Shared mobility returning to Aurora with e-scooters starting May 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Julie Patterson Senior Communications Strategist 303.739.6617 [email protected]   Shared mobility returning to Aurora with e-scooters starting May 10   AURORA, Colo. – After a three-year hiatus, shared mobility is coming back to Aurora to provide residents with another mobility choice. The city of Aurora has issued its first electric scooter-share license to
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