The partnership, which is essentially an expanded, renamed Pikes Peak Regional Business Partnership, is expected to give southern Colorado greater lobbying and business attraction power.
The “yellow curtain” dividing Colorado Springs and Pueblo has finally come down, said U.S. Secretary of Interior and former Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar.
That curtain was drawn as the result of decades of wrangling over water, political and economic development issues.
SCBP’s newly elected chairman of the board, Debbie Miller, who also is the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce president, said the group’s decision developed, in part, on the results of a 2009 Brooking’s Institute study.
“They found that the country’s largest future growth would occur in five key areas. One of those was along the Front Range of Colorado, from Fort Collins to south of Pueblo.
“Our newly formed partnership represents more than 4,000 businesses. In conversations among partnership participants, we soon began to realize that together, we would be stronger, more effective in creating economic progress,” she said.
As a result, three new organizations just joined the Partnership: The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, the Pueblo Economic Development Council and the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation.
“By behaving as a macro group, we have exciting opportunities ahead of us. The Partnership represents a first-ever synergy. Ken Salazar would be very proud,”said Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce president David Csintyan.
Conyers and Colorado Springs EDC President Mike Kazmierski agreed that by joining forces to attract new business and to address regional issues, both cities would be stronger.
“Pueblo has actually passed on submitting packages to companies where we know Colorado Springs will have an edge,” PEDCO representative Ken Conyers said.
SCBP members include:
Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce
Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation
The Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce
The Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Front Range Executive Service Corps
Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce
The Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce
Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak
Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Pueblo Economic Development Corp. (PEDCO)