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Holly Petraeus Arrives in Colorado, Addresses Military
October 26, 2009

Last week, your BBB hosted Holly Petraeus for three days of touring and exchanged education. Holly and her staff-of-one, Sergeant Major Matthews, who accompanied her on this three day endeavor, run a program called, BBB Military Line which focuses on advocacy and education for military personnel and their families.

On Tuesday, October, 12th Holly visited Lakewood Civic Center and was hosted by City of Lakewood Mayor, Bob Murphy and other City of Lakewood representatives. There, the Greening Lakewood Business Group explained their initiative to offer job training to those wishing to develop careers in the energy efficient industry, with a strong commitment to veterans. The group also announced long-term plans to complete energy efficient retrofitting projects in up to 1,300 potentially eligible commercial buildings.

From there, Holly toured the first two buildings that are proposed to undergo these energy-efficiency projects: the facilities of The Learning Source and the Easter Seals Colorado headquarters.

Also on Tuesday, Holly stopped by Red Rocks Community College for a tour and to learn about its Energy Program Curriculum. Holly then was taken across town to the Community College of Aurora for the unveiling of its Military Wall of Honor.

On Wednesday, October 13th, Holly spent the day at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora. Holly gave her presentation on how the military and their families need to protect themselves from unethical businesses and scams that target them specifically. She spoke to Team Buckley, a group of 400 including Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines at the Leadership Development Center. She also toured the Airman and Family Readiness Center facilities.

Finally, on Thursday, October 14th, Holly concluded her visit to Colorado at the Denver/Boulder BBB’s Torch Award for Marketplace Trust ceremony luncheon where she served as the keynote speaker. In front of an audience of approximately 375 business, non-profit and military leaders she gave her presentation on how the military community is affected by unethical business practices and gave inspiration for how the Colorado marketplace can make a difference.

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