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Will we ever build anything in southwest downtown? Or will we just let the blight age like a fine single-malt whiskey? Surely the deserted area would be more picturesque with more cracks in the few sidewalks that remain, more broken windows, more potholes in streets that go nowhere, more parking lots where no one parks,… Continue Reading Are we destined to repeat our 1989 mistake?

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You can say one thing for City Council president Keith King: he can sure write a memo! At this week’s Council “Retreat” King presented a five-page action memo, laying out the course that he believes Council should follow as it turns its baleful eye upon the City for Champions proposal. For connoisseurs of this neglected… Continue Reading King unloads gargantuan plan for Council to evaluate C4C

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Analysis – primer on C4C tax increment financing

“Colorado Springs is the heart of the United States Olympic movement,” former Colorado College President Dick Celeste told City Council this week. “But unlike Pikes Peak, [the Olympic Committee] can move.” To forestall any such departure, Celeste suggested the city move vigorously forward with City for Champions, the four-project proposal to which the state Economic… Continue Reading Analysis – primer on C4C tax increment financing

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When President Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for a fourth term in 1944, his campaign seized on an old country aphorism to use as his re-election theme: “Don’t change horses in midstream!” But as every businessperson knows, different tasks require different skill sets. A company’s charismatic founder may not be the person to take the mundane,… Continue Reading Bach’s challenge – assemble folks to sell C4C

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Radical idea for financing C4C’s projects

As debates go, the ongoing discussion over how to finance the City for Champions downtown projects quickly boils down to a few questions. Will Colorado Springs taxpayers have to foot part of the bill? Would that mean a public vote by city residents? And if they don’t, who will provide the tens of millions in… Continue Reading Radical idea for financing C4C’s projects

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Strunk brings broad experience to Sanders’ company

Steve Strunk, president and CEO of newly formed PRS Holdings LLC., grew up in Schenectady, N.Y., and has decades of experience in the banking industry, including an appointment as Colorado state bank commissioner in 2010. After living in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M., Dallas and Houston, in 2006 Strunk researched various cities,… Continue Reading Strunk brings broad experience to Sanders’ company

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Little Rock shows different infill can work

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You have no reason to know Anita Davis, and that’s fine. She lives nearly 1,000 miles away in Little Rock, Ark., and, full disclosure, she happens to be my cousin. She also has set an example in Little Rock for other cities, and visionary developers, to follow. Including here in Colorado Springs. I just saw… Continue Reading Little Rock shows different infill can work

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New political year looks similar, but it’s not

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose — or, the more things change, the more they stay the same. As we entered 2013, the Denver Broncos were 13-3 and hopefully bound for the Super Bowl. The Pikes Peak region was recovering from a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes, the local economy was enjoying… Continue Reading New political year looks similar, but it’s not

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Some years begin with little fanfare or anticipation, just a fresh outlook and a clean plate. But something about the arrival of 2014 feels different. In part, it’s knowing that the year will be automatically eventful, thanks to the scheduled elections in June (party primaries) and November (general). But it’s also based on Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Looking into the crystal ball for 2014

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You don’t have to worry about that,” said former University of Colorado Regent Jerry Rutledge, referring to the proposed UCCS Sports Medicine Center, one of the key components of the City for Champions proposal. “If I know Pam Shockley-Zalabak — and I do! — she’s already got that deal put together, and she’s moving on… Continue Reading Here’s how to make those downtown projects work

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