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C4C: Clock ticking, time for progress

Nearly 500 days ago, actually 70-plus weeks, Colorado Springs celebrated a momentous victory. On the wintry morning of Dec. 16, 2013, in Denver, the Colorado Economic Development Commission voted unanimously to approve state tax funding assistance through the Regional Tourism Act to help finance City for Champions. Little did anyone realize at the time what… Continue Reading C4C: Clock ticking, time for progress

Timing is right to help transform city

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As we prepare for a new mayoral administration in Colorado Springs, along with (hopefully) a more cooperative City Council and new guidance at the Regional Business Alliance, the timing looks good for business, civic and political leaders to coalesce in support of fresh, aggressive and ambitious ideas. Please take note that I didn’t say “new”… Continue Reading Timing is right to help transform city

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Museums, arenas shine if done right

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For a good chunk of February, a driving vacation took me back to my roots, visiting Arkansas and coming back through Texas, seeing family and friends at various stops. But though this trip wasn’t about work, I couldn’t avoid noticing some tourist attractions along the way, especially how they might relate to what’s going on… Continue Reading Museums, arenas shine if done right

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Downtown momentum picks up steam

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By some measures, the Downtown Partnership’s progress report last week to the local business community might have come across as lacking in immediate news value. Granted, there were no blockbuster headlines created by the periodic event known as the “Downtown Lowdown,” happening this time at Centennial Hall and taking full advantage of El Paso County’s… Continue Reading Downtown momentum picks up steam

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C4C event to discuss involvement of arts community

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C4C event to discuss involvement of arts community

The City for Champions organization has scheduled a community arts forum Tuesday, Feb. 17, at which to provide updates on the four C4C projects and explore the creative sector’s involvement. During the event, scheduled from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in Studio Bee of the Pikes Peak Center, those involved will discuss with the audience ways… Continue Reading C4C event to discuss involvement of arts community

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Time is now for next leaders

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There’s a brilliant one-sentence description of Colorado Springs circulating among many in the business community. It goes like this: “We are a city of leaders — without a leader.” At the same time, another mantra has been making the rounds in regard to another hot-button local issue: “As soon as Steve Bach says he’s not… Continue Reading Time is now for next leaders

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Let’s not have city mega-ballot

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Colorado Springs finds itself in a state of governmental flux near the end of 2014. We’re on the brink of a long, potentially divisive campaign for mayor in the upcoming April municipal election, muddled more by Councilor Joel Miller’s announcement Monday that he would resign to enter the race. We’ll… Continue Reading Let’s not have city mega-ballot

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The United States Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame has announced the team chosen to design and construct the interactive museum in the heart of Colorado Springs. The team includes Anderson Mason Dale Architects of Denver who will serve as the architect of record; Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, a New York design studio, as the design… Continue Reading Olympic Museum selects design, construction team

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Local architects don’t get shot at C4C gems

When the concept of City for Champions was first unveiled, its promoters emphasized one thing above all in their initial fact sheet: jobs, jobs and more jobs. “(City for Champions will) provide economic job diversification rather than over-reliance on Department of Defense related jobs (and) help solve a high unemployment rate by creating more than… Continue Reading Local architects don’t get shot at C4C gems

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State EDC approves City for Champions proposal

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State EDC approves City for Champions proposal

Proponents of the City for Champions proposal cheered Thursday afternoon when their vision was approved by the Colorado State Economic Development Commission. The Colorado Springs public relations department issued the following news release: “City for Champions reached an important milestone today when the final resolution was unanimously approved by the Colorado State Economic Development Commission.… Continue Reading State EDC approves City for Champions proposal

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