EDC preps for consultant ‘Familiarization Tour’

The Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. will host 11 national site selection consultants from around the country on a “familiarization tour” of the Pikes Peak region.

The three-day tour, slated for September 24-26, is designed to showcase the area’s quality of life which includes workforce, business climate and real estate opportunities, according to Executive Vice President David White.

Five of the consultants represent six active projects that are specifically looking at the Pikes Peak region for potential corporate expansions or relocations.

The catch – the EDC can’t afford to foot the entire bill so they’re asking for sponsors to underwrite various events.

These include underwriting a breakfast at The Broadmoor, lunch at the Club at Flying Horse and dinner at the Garden of the Gods Club as well as a one-day recreational outing at the Flying Horse Ranch in Jefferson, Colo. Sponsorships run about $1,000 and allow underwriting companies five minutes at the podium, as well as extra tickets for each by-invitation-only or major investor’s event.

E-mail dlwhite@csedc.org or call 471-8183 for more information.

3 Responses to EDC preps for consultant ‘Familiarization Tour’

  1. Typical lack of “know-how” by the ‘less than effective’ EDC! Last minute plea for Sponsorship because of poor planning! LOOK @ the venues!! No wonder they have to beg for money! Why not play Golf @ Patty Jewett, Lunch Downtown @ a LOCAL eating establishment, & breakfast @ Perkins! NOT EVERYONE in town belongs to Country Clubs!!

    Little wonder they do such a lousy job attracting jobs here ………. they are woefully out of touch! Can’t wait to audit these folks!!

    August 31, 2010 at 12:27 pm

  2. RJF:

    Perkins? Really? Other cities and regions will be courting the same ‘consultants’ and I doubt they’ll be going to a Perkins.

    The fact that most of our citizens don’t belong to country clubs is moot. These consultants are accustomed to being wined and dined and shown the very best a community has to offer. But that the very best can only be found at a country club is disputable, as there are wonderful restaurants and meeting places all over our region. And, I agree with your ‘shop local’ assertion.

    September 1, 2010 at 10:17 am

  3. RJF – I’m rolling on the floor laughing at your ignorance.

    This is called “rolling out the red carpet” so that these consultants want to work hard and bring in the businesses that create jobs. Jobs that will employ locals!

    We have a beautiful city with great substance and style. You don’t take the consultant to a chain restaurant.

    Let me see if I can get my company to sponsor this deal.

    September 3, 2010 at 11:33 am