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LART makes us look less friendly

As you already might have seen in this issue, Business Journal columnist John Hazlehurst takes the Colorado Springs city government to task for its treatment of nonprofit events seeking Lodgers and Automobile Renters Tax funding. As a direct result of City Council forcing event organizers to provide justification proving economic impact, and making that a… Continue Reading LART makes us look less friendly

The news that the Colorado Balloon Classic will leave Colorado Springs in 2015 for greener (or maybe less bureaucratic) pastures was dismaying, to say the least. A press release from the Classic’s organizers cited “politics within the city, increasingly rigid special event procedures and an onerous 2015 LART [city sponsorship] application” as driving the decision.… Continue Reading No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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Tied to tourism: Local events create major summer impact

Colorado Springs tourism brings to mind the usual attractions worthy of occupying the in-laws between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Sites like Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak make many a tourist’s list. And while those landmarks are stunning for out-of-towners and locals alike, some people prefer their… Continue Reading Tied to tourism: Local events create major summer impact

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Organizers of the Colorado Balloon Classic are hosting a contest for its event logo. The winning logo will be used on all promotional material for the 2013 Colorado Balloon Classic, which is the largest air show in the state. The deadline to submit a logo is Nov. 30 and there is no fee to enter.… Continue Reading Balloon Classic organizers seek 2013 logo to brand event

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Balloon Classic photo contest deadline nears

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More than 230,000 people turned out for this year’s Colorado Balloon Classic and organizers are betting there are just as many photos. Record crowds visited the Colorado Balloon Classic, an annual hot-air balloon event held during Labor Day weekend, said Heather Davis Benavidez, event organizer. Now, balloon classic organizers are collecting the best photos of… Continue Reading Balloon Classic photo contest deadline nears

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Set up for the 36th annual Colorado Balloon Classic began Thursday as planners of the event brace for 250,000 spectators. Colorado Balloon Classic event planner Heather Benavidez said they are expecting 80 balloons to fill the sky this Labor Day weekend, in what they dub the largest air show in the state. The event is… Continue Reading The balloons are coming; 36th annual Colorado Balloon Classic gets underway

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