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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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Early tourism: About the same as last year

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Early tourism: About the same as last year

Business owners in the lodging and tourist trades report varying degrees of success after the first month of summer tourism season in the Colorado Springs area. Occupancy at the 54-room Cliff House at Pikes Peak was “great” over the Fourth of July weekend, said General Manager Paul York. “We’re at 80 percent for the month… Continue Reading Early tourism: About the same as last year

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City still must provide more detail for plans

Colorado Springs’ application for state funding of four projects under the provisions of the Colorado Regional Tourism Act was duly filed this week with the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, finally going public with details that had been kept secret for months. Officials thought to be involved in the process had repeatedly claimed… Continue Reading City still must provide more detail for plans

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City rolls four projects into tourism proposal

Before an umbrella-toting crowd of about 50 community leaders, downtown advocates and media representatives, Mayor Steve Bach formally revealed a few details Monday of the city’s forthcoming application for up to $82 million in funds from the Colorado Regional Tourism Act. In partnership with El Pomar Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority and the Anschutz Foundation,… Continue Reading City rolls four projects into tourism proposal

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Airport hopes its rebound can start soon

The Colorado Springs Airport is striving to be more customer-friendly, reduce costs and attract more passengers. And all that work just might have paid off — at least in a small way. The airport plans soon to announce flights to two additional cities from the Springs airport, flights that represent a return of service for… Continue Reading Airport hopes its rebound can start soon

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