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In an effort to spur economic and business activity, Mayor Steve Bach has created a standard set of economic “accommodations” for new and expanding companies, as well as a Commercial Aeronautical Zone for the Colorado Springs Airport. Saying the accommodations – essentially economic incentives – would be available for a “limited time only,” Bach said… Continue Reading Bach introduces business incentives, new aeronautical zone

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The Colorado Springs City Council has not yet set a date for a special meeting about the future of the Martin Drake Power Plant. Council President Pro Tem Jan Martin confirmed the fact, despite reports earlier that it was slated for 1 p.m. Sept. 26 in Council chambers. “I believe that’s Yom Kippur,” she said.… Continue Reading No date set for Council meeting about Drake, Neumann

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The Colorado Springs Chamber/EDC has become the latest group to weigh in on the issues of decommissioning the Martin Drake Power Plant and the governance and ownership of the Colorado Springs Utilities. “They’re just the latest,” said Councilor Tim Leigh, who also sits on the Utilities board. “The RLF (Regional Leadership Forum) is interested in… Continue Reading Chamber/EDC becomes latest group to weigh in on CSU, Drake

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Springs Utilities to offer revenue bonds

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Colorado Springs Utilities will offer $153.3 million in series 2012C bonds to individuals and other investors Sept. 12, according to a press release. The majority of the bonds – about $110.6 million – will be used to refinance outstanding debt at lower interest rates, and the remaining $42.7 million will help finance utility system expansion… Continue Reading Springs Utilities to offer revenue bonds

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Thinking of applying for a position on one of the many volunteer-staffed boards and commissions that advise (and, in some cases, direct) state and local governments? Interested in using your particular expertise to make government function more effectively? Or maybe you’re unhappy with the actions of a particular board, and would like to be part… Continue Reading Want to serve on a public board? Pick your poison

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City clerk releases redistricting schedule

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The Colorado Springs City Clerk has set the timeline for redistricting in the city limits, as required under the City’s Charter. The first date for redistricting discussions is Sept. 10 at the Council’s informal meeting. The Council will discuss the current map. On the morning of Sept. 24, the city clerk will publicly release the… Continue Reading City clerk releases redistricting schedule

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A no-panhandling ordinance will have to be very narrowly defined if it’s going to stand up in court, Colorado Springs City Attorney Chris Melcher told City Council Monday. “Soliciting for money is a first-amendment protected speech,” Melcher said. First amendment speech rights can be limited, but it has to be done very carefully, he explained… Continue Reading Councilors want no-panhandling ordinance to be more comprehensive

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Following a long, contentious and apparently unadvertised public hearing, the Colorado Springs City Council, acting as the Utilities Board, declined to revisit their July 18 decision to finish installation of the $130 million Neumann Systems pollution control system on the downtown Drake power plant and defer any study of the plant’s future until 2013. News… Continue Reading Despite complaints, Utilities refuses to reconsider Drake decision

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Council stays on track with NeuStream at Drake

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Following a long, contentious and apparently unadvertised public hearing, the Colorado Springs City Council, acting as the Utilities Board, declined Wednesday to revisit its July 18 decision to finish installation of the $130 million NeuStream pollution control system on the downtown Martin Drake Power Plant and defer any study of the plant’s future until 2013.… Continue Reading Council stays on track with NeuStream at Drake

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Mayor Steve Bach says increasing the number of jobs in the Colorado Springs area by 6,000 a year is a “stretch goal.” “It’s 2 percent,” he said during the monthly Mayor Counsel meeting. “I hardly think that’s laughable.” Bach went on the defensive about his jobs goal at the Wednesday morning meeting, explaining that the… Continue Reading Mayor Bach: Jobs goal is stretch, but possible

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