Kazmierski resigns from EDC

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Mike Kazmierski resigned this morning from his position as  president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp.

His resignation is effective June 30.

Board member Debbie Chandler, who is also CEO of Colorado Springs Health Partners, said the decision was voluntary, however board members had been at odds with  Kazmierski about the direction of the EDC for some time.

“With all the new leadership on the City Council and the mayor’s office, he felt this was a good time to leave,”  she said.

Board chairman Doug Quimby will serve as interim CEO while the organization begins a national search for a replacement.

Kazmierski declined to comment.

He had served as CEO since 2005 and  as COO from 2001 to 2005.

8 Responses to Kazmierski resigns from EDC

  1. Wishing Mike all the best. He and all the staff at the EDC have worked so very hard to secure as many good primary jobs as possible, and I know it is often a thankless task. But he deserves our thanks, and the EDC deserves our continued support.

    Connie Dudgeon
    May 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

  2. Mike has been a tireless advocate for the City of Colorado Springs and Economic Development in the Pikes Peak Region. He has been a driving force in several campaigns to provide needed funding for infrastructure and to defeat other measures that would have seriously impacted our community and our ability to thrive as a business and recreational destination. Hopefully he has his eyes set on another major role in the Colorado Springs area.

    Lorne Kramer
    May 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

  3. This is a loss to the entire region at a time when we need clear-headed, straight-talking, non-political individuals with a proven track record working to improve the local economy.

    Rick Wehner
    May 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

  4. Yes, ‘thankless’ sums it up in a city which politically can’t and won’t attract high paying or large employer businesses without competitive incentives from city/county governments, yet gets bashed endlessly (online especially) for not NOT bringing more private jobs to the city.

    Dave Hughes
    May 26, 2011 at 10:47 am

  5. The COS EDC has been a joke under Kazmierski’s leadership. I’ve witnessed Mr. Kazmierski taking credit for corporate growths he and the EDC ahd nothing to do with. I’ve seen a strong focus from him and the EDC on churches and not on technology which this city used to be a leader in. I’ve talked to CEO’s who expanded their corporations into other cities due to the attitudes and lack of support from the COS EDC. This is nothing shy of great news. Best of luck to Mr. Kazmierski but let’s put someone in this position who is actually suited for it… and not someone who has been trained by the existing organization.

    Frank S.
    May 26, 2011 at 10:54 am

  6. And YOU pay for such a walk-on-water person. You think really high talent comes cheap?

    Dave Hughes
    May 26, 2011 at 11:27 am

  7. I personally want to express my gratitude to Mike. There is not a more humble, selfless champion of Colorado Springs anywhere.. Mike and the rest of the fantastic EDC staff pulled off amazing things with a very limited budget. Other cities and states have dedicated massive financial incentives to entice large employers to relocate. Our EDC just doesn’t have that tool. I applaud their new focus on smaller, earlier stage companies which tend to stay in place and display much more loyalty and community involvement in the long run. It takes more patience but I believe we will reap the benefits down the road. Mike was a tireless and effective leader and I wish him the best of luck in the future.

    Duncan Stewart
    May 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm

  8. Mr. Kazmieski was a concert player in a local hill-billy band that can never agree on what song to sing and it is ruining the economic future for all of us. Wherever Mr. K goes next, whether to a local entity or out of stay, they will gain and we will lose.

    The key criteria for one to fill this position is that he be from out of the region with no ties to the local establishment. That person needs to be told who his employers are, who is backing them, what their agenda is – and then be asked if he can live with those terms and have a way to produce results in spite of the fact we are not willing to pay the price!

    Rick Wehner
    May 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm