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Third-party analysis forces City for Champions revisions

Mayor Steve Bach’s City for Champions proposal didn’t impress Economic and Planning Systems, the third-party analyst hired by the Colorado Economic Development Commission to evaluate the city’s request for state tax increment funding. EPS found that visitor estimates by the city were overly optimistic; financial data was skimpy, insufficient and/or inaccurate; and cost and revenue… Continue Reading Third-party analysis forces City for Champions revisions

Creating vision through City for Champions

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As Steven Covey says, “All things are created twice.” First there is the mental creation and then the physical creation. Vision pertains to this first creation. We have to see it before we can shape it into reality. Vision is the bridge between present and future reality. Colorado Springs now is facing a bridge between… Continue Reading Creating vision through City for Champions

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The city’s Lodging and Automobile Rental Tax fund has been on the books since 1980, supported by a 2-percent tax on hotel rooms and a 1-percent levy on automobile rentals in Colorado Springs. The purpose of the LART tax, according to the city’s 2013 budget, is “to attract visitors and enhance the economy of the… Continue Reading Business Alliance angles for a bigger chunk of LART

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A tour bus is leaving Colorado Springs for the state capital Jan. 29 and the leader of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau is hoping its full. Doug Price, CVB president and CEO, is taking reservations for a seat on the bus, which is taking folks to Colorado Tourism Day Jan. 29 at the… Continue Reading Colorado Tourism Day Jan. 29, bus taking Springs residents

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It’s difficult to believe that I have been residing in Colorado Springs for nearly two years. I am proud to call this community home and excited with what has been accomplished during my tenure. I’m pleased as I look ahead to 2013, especially after the challenges faced in 2012. After my hire at the Colorado… Continue Reading CVB appreciates having the trust of Colorado Springs

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Recognizing that some people believe  “Live it Up!” doesn’t live up to the city’s potential, the Community Branding Task Force will meet after Thanksgiving to consider advice from local designers who have protested that the new logo is amateurish and trite. “We are open to making this better,” said Doug Price, president and CEO of… Continue Reading Branding taskforce will consider design input

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Last week the Business Journal reported about the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s refusal to disclose details about how it plans to spend the $2.4 million in tax money it is getting from the city this year. The story revealed how blindly the Colorado Springs City Council and CVB board accept that if-asked-don’t-tell situation. During the… Continue Reading Council should scrutinize how CVB spends money

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Doug Price, CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, calls tourism the “invisible industry,” and based on his policy for sharing how the CVB spends public money, he intends to keep it that way. Despite the fact that taxpayers provide the CVB its money, Price has declined to release information about his own… Continue Reading CVB offers few details about how it spends tax money

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The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired a consultant to help rev up its marketing strategy. President and CEO Doug Price is scheduled to discuss part of the CVB’s branding strategy during an informal City Council meeting Monday. “The resulting brand platform will provide direction and focus for our advertising, promotion and sales… Continue Reading Hired consultant will help guide CVB three-year strategy

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Giving tourism industry the respect it deserves

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We’re all just getting to know Doug Price, the new chief of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, but I’ve discovered something about him that should resonate with many: Several years ago, while still living and working in Washington, D.C., Price was in the Springs on a business trip and, as he tells it, was walking… Continue Reading Giving tourism industry the respect it deserves

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