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Neumann Systems Group lays off ‘about’ 11, blames mayor

Neumann Systems Group has laid off its vice president of marketing, along with “about 10″ other people, said Dave Neumann, founder and board president of the technology company. And he says it’s all Mayor Steve Bach’s fault, because his staff and one City Council member have created a toxic environment for business. The e-mail and… Continue Reading Neumann Systems Group lays off ‘about’ 11, blames mayor

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County OKs stormwater resolution, Mayor wants to postpone

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners passed a stormwater resolution resolving to find funding sources and identify major construction projects to address the more than $900 million in infrastructure updates and repairs in the region. But Mayor Steve Bach is asking the city council to postpone consideration of the issue until a new council… Continue Reading County OKs stormwater resolution, Mayor wants to postpone

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Drake task force member tries to sway Bach

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Curious as to whether there was any politicking going on between Mayor Steve Bach’s office and members of the Martin Drake Power Plant task force, CSBJ made an open-records request for any relevant emails. The only result was a revealing exchange between task force member Steve Durham and Bach. Durham has been an active player… Continue Reading Drake task force member tries to sway Bach

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Mayor creates pension solutions team

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Mayor Steve Bach has created a pension solutions team. “The city’s current pension plans are not fiscally sustainable and if not changed will lead to General Fund insolvency. It is essential that the plans be modified for long term sustainability,” Bach said in a press release. Accountant Marv Strait will lead the solutions team. Other… Continue Reading Mayor creates pension solutions team

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An independent audit of the city’s Urban Renewal Authority requested by Mayor Steve Bach recommends the authority and city partner more closely. The review, conducted by Hogan Lovells law firm, suggests the authority move into city offices and use city resources, such as planners and staff, in order to operate more efficiently. Questions about two… Continue Reading Report: City and Urban Renewal Authority need closer relationship

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If there was any doubt of what downtown revitalization means to local leaders, the Downtown Partnership’s Annual Mayor’s Breakfast took care of that Wednesday. Continue Reading ULI’s downtown suggestions start with new housing

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In an effort to spur economic and business activity, Mayor Steve Bach has created a standard set of economic “accommodations” for new and expanding companies, as well as a Commercial Aeronautical Zone for the Colorado Springs Airport. Saying the accommodations – essentially economic incentives – would be available for a “limited time only,” Bach said… Continue Reading Bach introduces business incentives, new aeronautical zone

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Mayor Steve Bach says increasing the number of jobs in the Colorado Springs area by 6,000 a year is a “stretch goal.” “It’s 2 percent,” he said during the monthly Mayor Counsel meeting. “I hardly think that’s laughable.” Bach went on the defensive about his jobs goal at the Wednesday morning meeting, explaining that the… Continue Reading Mayor Bach: Jobs goal is stretch, but possible

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City Councilor Tim Leigh is at it again – dropping bombshells via email. This time, Leigh wants the entire board of directors for the Colorado Springs Utilities, essentially City Council members in a different role – to step down. He wants to suspend the current board and have Mayor Steve Bach appoint an interim board… Continue Reading Leigh: Suspend Utilities board, mayor appoint interim members

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The State of the City luncheon has been rescheduled for Aug. 9 at the Antlers Hilton Hotel. Mayor Steve Bach will discuss his first year in office as the city’s first strong mayor. He expects to speak about jobs, transforming the city government and building community.The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Anyone… Continue Reading State of the City luncheon rescheduled for Aug. 9

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