Denver PR Jobs

Among those hiring this week are 104 West, Malen Yantis Public Relations, Ogilvy Public Relations, Allstate Insurance, Colorado Department of Education, Fastaff Travel Nursing and U.S. Nursing (internship), Denver Health, Grayling, Growing Colorado Kids, Interstate Restoration, Larimer Humane Society, Molson Coors, Regis University, The State Innovation Exchange (SiX), Transamerica, University of Colorado Boulder, Vail Resorts (part time), Viaero Wireless and Wells Fargo.

DPD Union Head Objects to PR Efforts

John Furrugia, et al, at KMGH/Channel 7 report that the president of the Denver Police union, Detective Nick Rogers, objects to the money spent on the DPD’s public relations efforts.

“We’re spending that kind of money on videos that don’t drop the crime rate,” said Rogers, a 30-year veteran of the department. “[Videos] don’t solve burglaries and robberies. That’s our mission and I think we lost sight of that.”

Ironically, much of the work the DPD PR unit does is designed to distract the public from exactly the kind of violations of which Rogers himself has been accused.

‘The Kitchen’ in Trademark Fight with Wolfgang Puck

Julie Jargon at The Wall Street Journal reports:

A rising star of the farm-to-table restaurant world is facing off against an industry titan in a trademark dispute over a simple name: The Kitchen.

The spat pits Kimbal Musk, younger brother of famed entrepreneur Elon Musk, against Wolfgang Puck, whose business empire includes more than a dozen different restaurant concepts, cookbooks, and packaged food and cookware under his brand. 

Kimbal Musk started a chain of farm-to-table restaurants 12 years ago called The Kitchen, which now has four locations in Colorado and Chicago, along with a more casual version called The Kitchen Next Door, which has three locations. …

Last summer, Mr. Musk said, he began receiving calls from friends in the hospitality industry asking him if he was planning to open a restaurant in Grand Rapids, Mich. He soon learned that a new restaurant had opened at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel called The Kitchen By Wolfgang Puck, where the recipes use “only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients,” according to its website. 

Mr. Puck also opened a fast-casual restaurant in the same hotel called The Kitchen Counter. The Kitchen By Wolfgang Puck is scheduled to open an outlet in Washington Dulles International Airport in the first half of this year.

As with many trademark disputes, it may come down to who has deeper pockets: Elon Musk’s little brother or a famed celebrity chef.

Denver PR Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Development Counsellors International, BeadforLife, Centura Health, City of Boulder Heads Up Campaign, City of Colorado Springs, CSU Health Network, Denver Health, Engineers Without Borders (internship), Fluor Corporation, KMGH, Molson Coors, Prologis, Public Service Credit Union, VisiTech PR and Windstream.


GFM’s Get Grounded Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

GroundFloor Media’s Get Grounded Foundation is accepting grant applications from Denver-area nonprofits serving at-risk youth. Created last year as the primary charitable giving arm ofGroundFloor Media, the 501(c)3 provides one-year community grants for new or expanded, innovative or entrepreneurial programs or projects within an existing, qualified nonprofit that directly support the healthy development of at-risk or neglected youth between the ages of 3 and 13 in the Denver Metro area.

To apply for grant funding, visit the Get Grounded Foundation website at

LiveWell Colorado Selects SE2

LiveWell Colorado, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing and reducing obesity, has selected SE2 to help educate and engage advocates after conducting a comprehensive agency review process. SE2 will help LiveWell Colorado educate Coloradans on the systemic barriers to nutritious food and physical activity and the ways in which they can advocate for making their communities as healthy as possible.

Julin, Smith Shut Down MGA Communications

Jeff Julin, president of MGA Communications, announced today that he and Cricket Smith, MGA’s executive vice president, have closed the firm.

“MGA had a terrific run as a nationally recognized, award-winning communications firm. Its programs for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, led by MGA Chairman Mike Gaughan, were of particular note in what they achieved in community engagement and helping bring the site partners and community together on the clean-up solution,” Julin said.

He added, “We were also blessed with numerous incredibly talented people through the years that help the firm achieve what we did for our many great clients.”

Julin is forming a consultancy that will focus on development, analysis and assessment of communication and engagement programs.

Denver PR Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Pushkin Public Relations (internship), Alliance Française de Denver (AFD), Autism Society of Colorado, CH2M HILL, City and County of Broomfield, KUSA-TV (NBC), Larimer County, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Naropa University, Rose Medical Center, The Colorado Department of Revenue, The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), Weld County School District 6 and Zimmer Biomet.

Great Moments in Marketing

Santanu Choudhury of the Wall Street Journal reports that India’s Tata Motors – parent company of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, among others – is set to unveil the unfortunately named Tata Zica at an auto show next week as fears of the global Zika virus pandemic continue to grow.

Choudhury reports that, “Tata picked the name months ago using the first letters of ‘zippy’ and ‘car.’ … As more stories about the outbreak of the Zika virus and the disfiguring birth defects it can cause grabbed attention recently, it was too late to change the car’s name.”