RE: Silos, silos everywhere (June 12)
The one thing I hear over and over from the people who went on the Austin trip was that their city leaders encourage everyone to check their egos and politics at the door.
They key to their success was to welcome everybody to the table and use everybody’s talents and energies to overcome the challenges they faced.
I think it’s time we heed their advice.
If we don’t start working together we will never reach our full potential as a community. We need a shared vision of what we want our city to be and work at building a consensus on what steps we take to get there.
It wasn’t that long ago that you would have been eviscerated for even mentioning city and county in the same sentence. There’s nothing like a good economic crisis to bring people together like never before.
Current economic realities have forced our city and county to start exploring ways to work together to maximize our tax dollars and maintain the services they provide.
I believe, in the current economic and political climate, it is wise for entities such as the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. to, at least, explore the possibility of merging.
There is the perception in the community that it is counterproductive for them to be separate. The buzz word around town right now is collaboration.
It is critical that the two leading business organizations work together and create the synergy that would naturally occur between them.
There are those who say that investors will pull out of the EDC if they merge. Fine, if somebody wants to pull money out because the organizations want to do right for the community, let them.
Who’s to say there aren’t just as many people out there withholding money because they are not working more collaboratively?