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Mayor Bach sets aggressive jobs goal, but is it possible?

Mayor Steve Bach has set an ambitious goal for himself and the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC — to create 18,000 new jobs during the next three years. Continue Reading Mayor Bach sets aggressive jobs goal, but is it possible?

If you think the Chamber will be different following its merger with the EDC, it will. The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, which champions small businesses, is now married to an organization that champions large-scale and manufacturing businesses, the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. And like any marriage, there’s going to be compromise.… Continue Reading Chamber’s marriage to EDC still taking shape

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For 13 years, Jenifer Furda has dealt with the local business community, building a reputation for her energy and community involvement at the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. Now she’s bringing those attributes to the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Continue Reading Furda named CSBJ associate publisher

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An Iowa City economic developer will be the new president and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. Joseph M. Raso was chosen from among 100 candidates for the position, created when the Chamber of Commerce merged with the Economic Development Corp. Raso currently serves as President and CEO of the Iowa City… Continue Reading Iowa City Development CEO becomes Chamber, EDC president

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Chamber to square off with state regulations

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Election-year tension and redrawn legislative districts could make the 2012 session of the Colorado General Assembly more contentious than usual. Continue Reading Chamber to square off with state regulations

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The newly merged Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corps should make K-12 public education a top priority, the chamber’s top official said. Dave Csintyan, president and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, said the business community needs to partner with public schools to ensure a well-trained future work force.… Continue Reading Csintyan: New Chamber/EDC should focus on education

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Membership numbers for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce fall well below industry standards for a healthy chamber. Of the city’s roughly 41,000 businesses, the chamber claims 1,600 as members. That’s about 4 percent. Chamber CEO Dave Csintyan knows that’s a low number. “Usually, they say that if a chamber has under 10 percent,… Continue Reading Chamber’s member numbers lag average

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An EDC-Chamber unification committee is on track to make final recommendations about the future organization by the end of the month. A “rough draft” of recommendations was sent to the boards of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. earlier this week and the unification committee expected… Continue Reading Chamber/EDC merger: Committee makes recommendations

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Colorado Springs is set to have one economic development organization – one that combines the efforts of the Economic Development Corp. and the Chamber of Commerce. After an meeting Tuesday that lasted more than six hours, the two groups voted unanimously to merge operations – at least in principle, said Bill Hodgkins, board president for… Continue Reading Chamber/EDC merger: Structure? Jobs? Layoffs?

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A consortium of local governments, private associations, and regional businesses have joined together to hire a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, to represent the political and economic interests of Southern Colorado. The Coalition for Strategic Federal Action includes the greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation, the Associated General Contractors… Continue Reading Govt.-business coalition hires Washington lobbyist

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