The Colorado Springs Office of International Affairs will close in December, executive director George Boutin said today.
The office’s objective is to assist local businesses with international trade and exporting.
Boutin said that as city budget money dried up, so did funding for the office, which is supported mostly by city money.
“At a time when you’re looking at having to cut police or fire positions, you have to look realistically at what needs to go,” he said.
The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce is looking into opening a similar office next year, but Boutin said he declined an offer to lead it.
“Oh no. I’m already retired once and now I’ll be retired twice,” he said. “I’m going to visit family in Pennsylvania. I’m going skiiing.”
The office will close sometime after a Dec. 9 meeting with trade officers from the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Denver. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. at the Pikes Peak Work Force Center, 2306 East Pikes Peak Ave.