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Mayor wants airport marketing consultant

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach is putting out a call for an airport marketing expert. The expert ought to be familiar with strategies on marketing a regional airport in the shadow of an international airport, like Denver. City officials announced Friday that Colorado Springs airport aviation director Mark Earle was stepping down. Earle, city officials… Continue Reading Mayor wants airport marketing consultant

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Mayor Steve Bach announced at his press conference today that he has assembled another team of community leaders concerned with a downtown renaissance to talk about what the city can do to encourage developers and build enthusiasm about the area. “Downtown is the heart of the city,” Bach said. “Successful cities have strong downtowns. And… Continue Reading Mayor assembles another team to talk about downtown renaissance

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City issues RFP for stormwater consultant

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Mayor Steve Bach is asking for a second opinion after clashing with a residents’ task force estimated that regional stormwater improvements would cost about $686 million in stormwater improvements were needed in the region. The city of Colorado Springs issued a request for proposal for an independent engineering consultant to provide a second opinion on… Continue Reading City issues RFP for stormwater consultant

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The new CEO for Neumann Systems Group says he doesn’t understand why the local company has become a “political whipping boy” for Colorado Springs leaders. NSG, which is installing a clean-coal scrubber at the Martin Drake Power Plant near downtown, has been under fire for months – constantly battling misconceptions and falsehoods, said Todd Tiahrt,… Continue Reading Neumann CEO defends company record, progress

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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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