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Apparently, at least for now, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox won’t be moving to a new downtown stadium after all. City leaders are revising their application to the Colorado Economic Development Commission for funding through the Regional Tourism Act, and the state EDC has given Colorado Springs an extra two days to respond to the… Continue Reading City for Champions stadium plans moving away from baseball

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CVB awards ‘Champions for Tourism’

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The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual Tourism Industry Awards celebration centered around a Champions for Tourism theme, Thursday evening at the Hotel Eleganté Conference & Events Center. CVB President and CEO Doug Price and Board Chair Alicia McConnell, director of training sites and community partnerships, U.S. Olympic Committee and 2013 Business Journal Woman of… Continue Reading CVB awards ‘Champions for Tourism’

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City for Champions revisions follow analysis

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City for Champions revisions follow analysis

Organizers of the City for Champions proposal requesting Regional Tourism Act funds to help build four major projects in Colorado Springs spent this week preparing a response due Friday to the Colorado Economic Development Commission, after a third-party analysis questioned whether the local campaign qualified for RTA funding. Mayor Steve Bach’s proposal didn’t impress Economic… Continue Reading City for Champions revisions follow analysis

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Mayor Steve Bach’s City for Champions proposal didn’t impress Economic and Planning Systems, the third-party analyst hired by the Colorado Economic Development Commission to evaluate the city’s request for state tax increment funding. EPS found that visitor estimates by the city were overly optimistic; financial data was skimpy, insufficient and/or inaccurate; and cost and revenue… Continue Reading Third-party analysis forces City for Champions revisions

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Vagrancy progress unclear

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Vagrancy progress unclear

Since the city has emphasized more police presence downtown, the vagrancy issues have moved, police report. Some business owners in downtown Colorado Springs said the vagrancy problem has not changed, and others claimed the problem has gotten better in the past three months. For eight years, Tim O’Donnell has lived downtown in a Tejon Street… Continue Reading Vagrancy progress unclear

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Without El Pomar, Springs would be a different city

What would Colorado Springs look like without El Pomar Foundation? Cross Walsenburg with Monument, and that would be us. Without El Pomar and the Penrose family, much that we take for granted in today’s vibrant city wouldn’t exist. Colorado College, the Space Foundation, Fine Arts Center, World Arena, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Pikes Peak Center… Continue Reading Without El Pomar, Springs would be a different city

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North Cheyenne Canon Park cleaner, but closed indefinitely

Colorado Springs cleanup crews had cleared much of the debris strewn along Cheyenne Canyon Road by Wednesday, when the city invited nearly a dozen reporters and photographers for a press tour of the washed-out paths, cracked roads and eroded landscapes of North Cheyenne Canon Park. “Our public works department has been working diligently to stabilize… Continue Reading North Cheyenne Canon Park cleaner, but closed indefinitely

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Optimism builds for ski season

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Optimism builds  for ski season

It’s still weeks before the first snow flies, but Colorado’s ski resorts already are starting to build the hype — hoping that last season’s late snows bring this season’s early pass sales. Resorts throughout the state have spent millions in the off season, prepping snow-making equipment and wishing for a better winter. Some resorts have… Continue Reading Optimism builds for ski season

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S&P downgrades airport bonds

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In another blow to the city’s beleaguered airport, Standard & Poor’s rating service downgraded the municipal facility’s outstanding bonds from A- with a stable outlook to BBB+ with a stable outlook. According to a press release from interim Aviation Director Dan Gallagher, S & P cited “ a downward enplanement trend at COS, particularly after… Continue Reading S&P downgrades airport bonds

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Selling starts now for Tourism Act projects

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Selling starts now for Tourism Act projects

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series on the city’s Regional Tourism Act project application for state sales-tax funds. The next two installments will analyze the four projects, two at a time. By John Hazlehurst and Amy Gillentine Supporters and planners of the City for Champions proposal believe its four major projects… Continue Reading Selling starts now for Tourism Act projects

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