Who should replace Kazmierski?

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Economic development is one of the most important issues in Colorado Springs. With news of the EDC’s Mike Kazmierski departure, what do you think are some of the most important qualities his successor should have? Where will the ideal candidate come from? What kind of professional past should he or she have?

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13 Responses to Who should replace Kazmierski?

  1. First, and I thinik most important, it should be a person with business experience. I don’t think retired military officers have the required background and skills for this critical posiiton. I have great respect for the service they’ve given our country, but this is not the right job for them.

    May 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

  2. First and most important, this is not the job for a retired military officer. While I have great respect for the serive they’ve given our country, they just don’t have the business background or skills this critical job requires.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

  3. Find someone with truly a REGIONAL perspective. There are excellent resources in El Paso County that are outside Colorado Springs where there is no voice to draw business to the area. Think of Falcon, Widefield, Ellicott, Peyton.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm

  4. The qualities the successor should possess are (1) a solid educational foundation/understanding of finance, accounting, and law, (2) knowledge of “Cap and Trade” [energy], as well various Treaties (3) knowledge of mark-to-market [accounting/investing], (3) advanced understanding of credit-default-swaps, derivatives & tranches, (4) very advanced understanding of monetary policy making, the federal reserve, IMF, Bank of International Settlements, “monetary kings – the elite,” (5) knowledge of the Statehood rights [restoration thereof], the Republic for which it stands, constitutional law, and real estate law [mineral & water rights, conservation easements, development, etc], (6) solid understanding of various economics theories, and (7) various other important skills/abilities…too many to mention here.

    The ideal candidate should come from Colorado Springs, period! There is no need for the EDC to import human capital from somewhere else, regardless if the person has monetary king (elite) status….actually, we don’t want someone like this!

    Professional past should include financial/ business analysis and business ownership experience (preferably finance related).

    WAIT A MINUTE! THIS SOUNDS LIKE ME! Hummm….I guess I may have to throw my hat in the ring :)

    Darren Doucet
    May 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

  5. - Embraces a multi-path approach of 1) growing local corporations, 2) attracting new HQs companies, 3) attracting satellite offices
    – Significant commercial business experience, preferably as a successful business creator, owner
    and executive directly responsible for business development, sales, creating business, and jobs
    – Has contacts in and the willingness to engage businesses, government and non-profits
    – Some military experience
    – Strong organizational, people and political skills
    – Supports lower taxes for business
    – Willingness to continually engage, not just be a figurehead
    – Perseverence
    – Long time Colorado Springs resident

    David Hollenbach
    May 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

  6. Why is it when we have local, experienced, educated talent “temporarily” sitting in that chair, we look for someone else to fill it? Doug Quimby is an incredible person, he’s educated, has an entrepreneur’s spirit and drive, he knows the law, he can negotiate from the corporate level to the personal level, believes in Colorado Springs and it’s opportunities for new business, and to top it all off he’s a genuinely nice guy. Who else could bring all those qualities to this position? For once, please take the opportunity to do it right and keep Doug in that position.

    Lynn Liggett
    May 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

  7. The one key attribute appears to be that this job will require someone willing to ‘roll-over’ for the “no-tax” crowd and one willing to bring in only those companies that want to move to a declining area.

    The kind of success this region wishes to emulate by going to cities such as Austin, Charlotte and Oklahoma will not happen with the milquetoasts currently controlling the decision process.

    More people in office with the fortitude to address the area tax policies is what will be needed to strengthen the local economy.

    Rick Wehner
    May 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm

  8. ……. the new EDC guy should be someone from Chicago who possesses BHO’s private blackberry #.

    Like it'll matter .....
    May 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

  9. I agree that the person should have some experience working with a military environment but not from the military. We need a seasoned business person preferably with a solid manufacturing background. We could learn a lot from the economic development group from Huntsville Alabama and maybe we should recruit from that pool of experience.

    Mike Long
    May 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm

  10. This is the perfect opportunity to utilize some of the immense talent that came forth during the race for Mayor. I would definitely look at Dave Munger and Richard Skorman. They have the passion and experience this city needs to cultivate a great business environment.

    May 27, 2011 at 8:13 am

  11. What we need is a person with a successful business background that includes the following:

    Successful track record as a high level Executive in the corporate arena
    Knowledge of the resources available to the area (human resources, physical resources, natural resources)
    Experience with/Knowledge of county/city business practices and policies
    An understanding of long-term incentives vs. Short term incentives (this is a must)
    A non Colorado Native (we need an individual who understands Colorado but has seen and experienced more of the world from a business perspective, we need someone who doesn’t unconditionally love this area, we need someone who can objectively see our strengths and weaknesses)
    An understanding of the need for diversity in industry
    An understanding that call centers are not the answer to repairing our local economy, nor is manufacturing
    An understanding of Branding/Marketing at a city level
    An understanding that Pikes Peak is not our least important/least valuable resource

    While I’m sure there’s more these are some good points to keep an eye on when looking for someone. The key here is that the individual must understand that the goal of the EDC is not to get bodies into chairs so to speak but to foster long term relationships with companies so that they have incentive to stay in the area. Short term incentives like we’ve seen in the past only foster short term investment in the community. Long term incentives along with an early exit penalty give a company a reason to get invested into a community.

    Marc Tuzel
    May 27, 2011 at 8:50 am

  12. While I agree with Marc that what we need is a person with a successful business background, I do feel that we need someone who understands and loves this area (not with a head in the sand view), that can help and market COS to corporations/companies that can take great advantage of our resources and see themselves growing along with us.

    I definitely feel the person should have executive expertise in the corporate area and understand the incentives that can pull and entice organizations to our area. We do need someone who has expertise outside of Colorado and has a broad view of business and government relationships.

    Specifically, we need someone who has an understanding of marketing our area and can bring the right industries that provide more new jobs for the economy. We want companies to see themselves here for the long-run.

    May 27, 2011 at 10:29 am

  13. Marcy Morrison… a real pro

    May 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm