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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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Pioneers Museum receives grant to continue renovations

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum was awarded a $199,382 State Historical Fund grant to finish the next phase of its exterior renovation project. The grant will allow the museum to start the third phase of its  $1.4 million, five-phase rehabilitation project, which started in 2010. The next projects will focus on restoration of stone and… Continue Reading Pioneers Museum receives grant to continue renovations

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Manitou digs out from flood, mud

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Manitou digs out from flood, mud

Tuesday should have been the pinnacle of 12 years of hard work for Manitou Springs artist Charles Rockey. It was to have been his last day preparing a book including more than 300 pieces of his artwork — with stories to accompany them. For more than a decade he’s been working on the book, titled… Continue Reading Manitou digs out from flood, mud

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Government travel cuts affect hotel rooms

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The government’s ban on non-essential travel not only is harming international collaboration and local economies around the nation, many claim it’s hurting scientific progress as well. And it has led an unlikely group in Colorado Springs to pledge to work for a more diverse local economy. This time, it’s the Convention and Visitors Bureau.  … Continue Reading Government travel cuts affect hotel rooms

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State EDC: Closer look at RTA’s deciders

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Who’s the decider? When it comes to the four projects chosen by Colorado Springs to receive potential funding under provisions of the state Regional Tourism Act, it’s not Mayor Steve Bach — nor is it the City Council, or the Board of County Commissioners, or Bill Hybl, or even “Mr. (Philip) Anschutz.” The fate of… Continue Reading State EDC: Closer look at RTA’s deciders

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Another group has signaled its support for the city’s Regional Tourism Act application – a grant proposal that would bring a downtown stadium, an Olympic museum, a new visitors center at the Air Force Academy and a sports medicine center at UCCS. The University of Colorado Board of Regents passed a resolution supporting Colorado Springs’… Continue Reading CU regents support city’s RTA application

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City chooses aviation marketing firm for airport

Colorado Springs went with a heavy hitter when choosing the company to market the Colorado Springs Airport nationwide. The city chose Seabury APG, a global aviation marketing group with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. “They focus solely on airport marketing and aviation marketing,” said city spokeswoman Cindy Aubrey. “They’re a full-service aviation… Continue Reading City chooses aviation marketing firm for airport

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You can’t leave this one up to the voters,” said an individual close to the Colorado Springs strategy for the Regional Tourism Act process, requesting anonymity. “This is too important. The future of the city is on the line, tens of millions in private funds, a chance to build a real downtown where’s there’s nothing… Continue Reading How to finance tourism facilities without a vote

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Foundation launches into tourism

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Foundation launches into tourism

For the Space Foundation, it’s truly a summer of discovery. For the first time, the 30-year-old organization has the room to display decades’ worth of space memorabilia – models of the Mars rover, exhibits from NASA’s space shuttle program, the only moon rock in the state of Colorado. And staff members have combined it all… Continue Reading Foundation launches into tourism

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Big names will tackle problems at airport

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Tuesday morning, speaking from a makeshift media facility on the second level of the Colorado Springs Airport terminal, Mayor Steve Bach announced the creation of an “Airport Air Service Task Force.” Given that the city and its enterprises already benefit from the advice of scores of citizen advisory panels, such an announcement wouldn’t ordinarily merit… Continue Reading Big names will tackle problems at airport

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