A very common question people ask LovelandPolitics to research is why a particular company or individual gets an incredible business incentive (like a million dollar commercial building in this case) for nothing when an open bidding process could have yielded the city a much better result.
According to one group formed in 2013, the Loveland Business Partnership (LBP), it appears their investors are promised just that kind of “exclusive” access to community and business development professionals for an investment between $5,000 to $25,000. In the case of LPR Construction and LBP board member Rocky Turner it could be true. His company walked away with the former Larimer County building for $732,000 along with an immediately approved subsidy (sorry incentive) from the City of Loveland via an urban renewal district of $750,000 to update the property. Along with the building, Turner’s construction firm that didn’t need an incentive to come to Loveland since they are already here, will also get 40 parking spaces in a city owned parking lot during normal business hours.
LBP doesn’t disclose their financial data but Doug Rutledge serves as Chairman of the board along with Loveland Director of Economic Development, Kelly Jones, Don Marostica and Doug Erion.
Please take a few minutes to read our entire story and look to the bottom of the page where the influence purchasing in community affairs appears to be openly for sale. Chairman of LBP, Doug Rutledge, and perennial schemer in city development opportunities Don Marostica we believe were the instigators of the organization. Below are pictures posted today by Councilwoman Johnson at an event last night with Doug Rutledge and Troy McWhinney (bottom right).