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Time for C4C donors to step up

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For months now, naysayers and skeptics have been taking repeated potshots at City for Champions — many questioning the usage and revenue forecasts for the four projects, others criticizing the lack of transparency, but everyone wondering how organizers will make it to an acceptable bottom line. Through it all, we’ve been assured, there’s no reason… Continue Reading Time for C4C donors to step up

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Tourism in the winter may look like tourism of any day in the summer for some attractions. Many area attractions remain open, albeit with fewer tourists. Yet for others, tourism may look more like a hockey tournament filling hotel rooms during the shoulder season. “We promote more than 55 activities,” said Chelsy Murphy, communications director… Continue Reading Winter tourism a time to rest; some attractions staying busy

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This time last year, the Colorado Springs Airport was making news headlines for all the wrong reasons. There was the haymaker from Frontier Airlines, which ended its service between Colorado Springs and Denver with access to its many low-fare flights out of DIA, followed by pulling out of the Springs altogether. Then came the sudden… Continue Reading Airport still awaits good news

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View of the future: Planners envision new look for east Manitou

What could eastern Manitou Springs look like if it were redeveloped, perhaps even continuing into the unincorporated area known as No Man’s Land? That’s what Manitou city leaders are asking residents, with early plans to be shared at an open house Thursday, Feb. 20, at Manitou’s City Hall. The idea behind the gathering is to… Continue Reading View of the future: Planners envision new look for east Manitou

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Stadium’s fate could swing C4C outcome

  Of the four components in the City for Champions proposal, the downtown stadium concept has emerged as the least popular. Skeptical City Councilors have cast doubt on the facility’s estimated cost ($92.7 million), its optimistic attendance projections (781,000 by its fifth year) and its financial structure (100 percent from public sources). In the original… Continue Reading Stadium’s fate could swing C4C outcome

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Royal Gorge Park rebuilds – shovel by shovel

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Royal Gorge Park rebuilds – shovel by shovel

CAÑON CITY – As a part-time job last summer, Walt McBride drove the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park trolley back and forth across the gorge. That ended abruptly on June 11 when a sudden wildfire erupted and raged across the park, torching everything except the bridge, but including the trolley. “I’ve been coming up here… Continue Reading Royal Gorge Park rebuilds – shovel by shovel

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Analysis – primer on C4C tax increment financing

“Colorado Springs is the heart of the United States Olympic movement,” former Colorado College President Dick Celeste told City Council this week. “But unlike Pikes Peak, [the Olympic Committee] can move.” To forestall any such departure, Celeste suggested the city move vigorously forward with City for Champions, the four-project proposal to which the state Economic… Continue Reading Analysis – primer on C4C tax increment financing

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Radical idea for financing C4C’s projects

As debates go, the ongoing discussion over how to finance the City for Champions downtown projects quickly boils down to a few questions. Will Colorado Springs taxpayers have to foot part of the bill? Would that mean a public vote by city residents? And if they don’t, who will provide the tens of millions in… Continue Reading Radical idea for financing C4C’s projects

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As Colorado Springs watches, county’s first retail shops could open by April. On Jan. 21, the Manitou Springs City Council voted on a second reading of an ordinance to allow two retail marijuana stores to operate within a narrowly defined commercial area of the city. Since the Council passed the ordinance on first presentation by… Continue Reading Manitou set to own pot market

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Year in review: Tourism

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Year in review: Tourism

Tourism endured another tough year with Mother Nature’s unkind antics. Recent weeks, though, have buoyed the industry with promises of a smoother future, as the City for Champions proposal received full funding from the Colorado Economic Development Commission on Dec. 16 and City Council restored the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau’s full $2.6 million… Continue Reading Year in review: Tourism

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