City to celebrate again being a national utility pioneer |

City to celebrate again being a national utility pioneer

In 1886, Glenwood Springs was one of the first towns in the United States to install electric street lights. In 1897, electricity was installed in the newly opened Glenwood Fairy Caves, making them the first caves in the world to have interior lighting.

In keeping with its pioneering tradition of providing cutting edge infrastructure for its citizens, this year Glenwood Springs will unveil one of the first city-based broadband projects in the nation.

On June 7, the city is throwing a party to celebrate.

The entire community is invited to the “Here Comes the Broadband” party, from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

The evening begins with a brief program, booths displaying 10 ISP and technology vendors with several interactive displays, and refreshments provided by Coors Distributing and 8th Street Deli.

Marc Holtzman, Colorado Secretary of Technology, John Hines, director of the Glenwood Springs Electric Department, and Diane Kruse of Otis, Inc. will speak about the project and what it means to the businesses and residents of Glenwood Springs.

Door prizes include everything from a snowboard to mouse pads and ISP and technology hook-ups and services. One lucky attendee will win a four-day lodging package to their choice of one of 70 resort destinations, compliments of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Following this, everyone is invited to view the more than 100 cars displayed in the Community Center parking lot as part of the Rocky Mountain MG Car Club’s 50th Annual Rallye Glenwood Springs.

The oldest car rally in the nation, the show boasts several one-of-a-kind vehicles.

The community is also invited to dance to the oldies played by “Local Color,” who will entertain under the roof of the Community Center ice rink beginning at 7 p.m.

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