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Legislative action brings out rest of C4C story

What does Mark Ferrandino most desire as he finishes up his final session as speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives? There are lots of potential answers, but one comes to mind: Ferrandino, a Denver Democrat, would like to figure out how to snatch back the $120 million in tax increment funding that the state… Continue Reading Legislative action brings out rest of C4C story

Mayor Bach names RTA advisory board

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach formally announced the names of the 16 community leaders who will serve on the Regional Tourism Act Advisory Board for the City for Champions initiative. In accord with Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade guidelines, the Mayor convened a nominating committee, which presented recommendations that the mayor accepted.… Continue Reading Mayor Bach names RTA advisory board

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City for Champions approved for full state funding

After months of uncertainty, revisions, controversy and discordant public opinion, the Colorado Economic Development Commission decided Monday to give Colorado Springs a chance to back up its promises. Despite staff and third-party advice to the contrary, the commission approved full tax-increment funding via the Regional Tourism Act for an estimated $120 million to help finance… Continue Reading City for Champions approved for full state funding

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Time to promote sportsplex, USOC

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As soon as word came that Colorado Springs was revising its City for Champions proposal to the state Economic Development Commission, many assumed that public opinion had made a difference. Then we learned about the most significant change — converting the baseball-oriented downtown stadium into a truly multi-purpose, 10,000-seat facility shaped more for soccer and… Continue Reading Time to promote sportsplex, USOC

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City body-slams EPS in response to Regional Tourism Act analysis

Attorneys representing clients in the courtroom are guided by a simple set of rules: If the facts are with you, pound the facts; If the law is with you, pound the law; If neither the facts nor the law support your client, pound the table! The city’s response to the third-party analysis of the administration’s… Continue Reading City body-slams EPS in response to Regional Tourism Act analysis

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RTA proposal moves away from baseball

Apparently, at least for now, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox won’t be moving to a new downtown stadium after all. City leaders have revised their application to the Colorado Economic Development Commission for funding through the Regional Tourism Act, after the state EDC gave Colorado Springs leaders extra time to respond to the third-party analysis… Continue Reading RTA proposal moves away from baseball

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Apparently, at least for now, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox won’t be moving to a new downtown stadium after all. City leaders are revising their application to the Colorado Economic Development Commission for funding through the Regional Tourism Act, and the state EDC has given Colorado Springs an extra two days to respond to the… Continue Reading City for Champions stadium plans moving away from baseball

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City for Champions revisions follow analysis

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City for Champions revisions follow analysis

Organizers of the City for Champions proposal requesting Regional Tourism Act funds to help build four major projects in Colorado Springs spent this week preparing a response due Friday to the Colorado Economic Development Commission, after a third-party analysis questioned whether the local campaign qualified for RTA funding. Mayor Steve Bach’s proposal didn’t impress Economic… Continue Reading City for Champions revisions follow analysis

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Why is Mayor Steve Bach’s quarter-billion-dollar plan to revive our economy titled City for Champions, not City of Champions? Simple: “of” was already taken by, among others, Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Detroit and Green Bay. “For” is fine, but it has a tentative flavor to it, implying that we’d be a really great city for champions to… Continue Reading City for Champions could become the spark we need

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UCCS wants to compete with national clinics

Of all the City for Champions proposals in the application for state Regional Tourism Act funding, the UCCS proposal is the only one that will happen with or without state support. The UCCS Sports Medicine and Performance Center is scheduled to be part of the university’s Health, Arts and Wellness Village — and is part… Continue Reading UCCS wants to compete with national clinics

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