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Mayor Steve Bach has set an ambitious goal for himself and the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC — to create 18,000 new jobs during the next three years. Continue Reading Mayor Bach sets aggressive jobs goal, but is it possible?

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When Mayor Steve Bach was campaigning last spring, his business-friendly platform included vows to create jobs, streamline the development review process and end the business personal property tax. Continue Reading Bach supporters are many, despite stagnation

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Skinner named city CFO

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Kara Skinner will be the city of Colorado Springs’ new chief financial officer, according to a press release from Mayor Steve Bach’s office. Skinner will be confirmed by City Council at their formal meeting June 12. She was acting as interim finance and budget director, and has been with the city since 2006. The press… Continue Reading Skinner named city CFO

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More than 100 people showed up to Mayor Steve Bach’s town hall meeting at the Penrose Library Wednesday to talk about how to revitalize downtown. Ideas included creating an Olympics museum, building a Sky Sox stadium, adding high-speed rail, offering more housing options and improving access from Interstate 25. Bach used the opportunity to reiterate… Continue Reading Town hall meeting attendees dream big for downtown

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Mayor Steve Bach will meet monthly with the Colorado Springs City Council in what he is calling the “Mayor’s Counsel.” The idea, he said, is that the City Council might need some counseling from him and he might need some counseling from them. “We are peers, they are not my Council,” he said. The monthly… Continue Reading Bach will host monthly meetings with City Council

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Melcher to be next city attorney

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Christopher Melcher will be the new city attorney when Patricia Kelly retires Sept. 30. Melcher, who became counsel at Colorado College in 2006, was confirmed at today’s city council meeting. The city never advertised for Kelly’s position after she announced her retirement earlier this month. But Mayor Steve Bach praised Melcher for his law and… Continue Reading Melcher to be next city attorney

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Why blow off the Memorial Commission?

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Mayor Steve Bach hopes to encourage more citizen participation with his new “Spirit of the Springs” initiative. He wants more people to serve on committees, more people to run for city council, more people to apply for city staff. And he wants people who aren’t usually involved with the city to become more involved. It… Continue Reading Why blow off the Memorial Commission?

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Nick Kittle has been chosen to be the city’s innovation and sustainability manager, reporting to chief of staff Steve Cox. It’s the second new position created by Steve Bach since he became mayor this spring. Kittle’s new job is to streamline many of the city’s processes and policies, making it easier and more efficient for… Continue Reading Kittle takes on job to make city more efficient

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Donna Nelson is the city’s new economic vitality specialist, a position that replaces the city’s traditional economic development efforts. Continue Reading City opts for vitality over economic development

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Running the city like a business is odd

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Not only did the citizens of Colorado Springs want a “strong mayor” with commensurate strong salary, they wanted the city to run like a business, which is code-word for efficiency. They found a perfect match in Steve Bach, a former commercial real-estate broker whose regal appearance bespeaks of a successful CEO and hopefully a mayor.… Continue Reading Running the city like a business is odd

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