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CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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“It’s been a great week!” said Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Price, reacting to City Council’s decision to sustain Mayor Steve Bach’s veto of a proposed $1.3 million cut in the organization’s budget, following on the heels of the state Economic Development Commission’s support of the City for Champions proposal. Mayor Bach’s… Continue Reading CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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City for Champions approved for full state funding

After months of uncertainty, revisions, controversy and discordant public opinion, the Colorado Economic Development Commission decided Monday to give Colorado Springs a chance to back up its promises. Despite staff and third-party advice to the contrary, the commission approved full tax-increment funding via the Regional Tourism Act for an estimated $120 million to help finance… Continue Reading City for Champions approved for full state funding

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“It’s been a great week!” said Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Price, reacting to City Council’s decision Wednesday morning to sustain Mayor Steve Bach’s veto of a proposed $1.3 million cut in the organization’s budget, following on the heels of the state Economic Development Commission’s support of the City for Champions proposal.… Continue Reading CVB, RBA win full funding amid Council’s overrides

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Commission unanimously approves City for Champions

  In a stunning and unanticipated victory for Mayor Steve Bach and his economic vitality team, the Colorado Economic Development Commission fully funded the city’s request for the City for Champions project. Bach’s team had requested tax increment funding in the approximate amount of $123 million, while a third-party analyst and the EDC staff had… Continue Reading Commission unanimously approves City for Champions

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National travel industry publication covers local dustup

Here’s a quick look at our quarrelsome city political landscape from the website of “Meeting and Conventions Magazine.” And following is yet another blistering email from Broadmoor Hotel CEO Steve Bartolin to City Council. City Council Slashes Colorado Springs CVB Budget by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 11, 2013 According to local news reports, the… Continue Reading National travel industry publication covers local dustup

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DENVER — With its single ally on the inside of the process changing sides from the dais to the audience, a contingent of civic and government leaders from Colorado Springs presented their case Wednesday for the City for Champions project to the state Economic Development Commission. EDC member Chuck Murphy, after confirming Tuesday that he… Continue Reading City takes its case to state EDC for project funding

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Chuck Murphy confirmed Tuesday what had been widely assumed: He won’t vote on the City for Champions proposal when it comes before the Colorado Economic Development Commission Dec. 4. Murphy will attend the commission’s meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning in Denver, and he planned to make the drive there Tuesday night ahead of the advancing… Continue Reading Update: State EDC meeting on; Murphy will recuse himself

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City Council, Broadmoor at odds over funding decisions

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: A majority of the Colorado Springs City Council members are aggressively anti-business. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from Tuesday’s council meeting. Thanks to the Feckless Five (Council President Keith King and Councilors Helen Collins, Don Knight, Joel Miller and Andy Pico), Council stripped away funding… Continue Reading City Council, Broadmoor at odds over funding decisions

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What the city needs most

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On a regular basis, we’ve tried to keep alive some basic ideas of what our area business community needs. We’ve supported enhancing our local workforce, appealing more to young professionals and turning ideas to reality downtown. We’ve talked about making this region more enticing to outside companies that could bring much-needed new jobs to the… Continue Reading What the city needs most

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Time to promote sportsplex, USOC

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As soon as word came that Colorado Springs was revising its City for Champions proposal to the state Economic Development Commission, many assumed that public opinion had made a difference. Then we learned about the most significant change — converting the baseball-oriented downtown stadium into a truly multi-purpose, 10,000-seat facility shaped more for soccer and… Continue Reading Time to promote sportsplex, USOC

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