Friday, August 19, 2011

Done deal: Chamber and EDC will announce merger

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM

After several months of discussion and negotiation, and years of contemplation, a deal has been worked out to merge the region's two chief business groups.

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At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Antlers Hilton, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. will unveil the results of all those dealings.

In a media notice, the two agencies said:

A joint agreement has been reached by the Chamber and EDC to forge a new organization for the purpose of improving the region’s economy. Details will be provided as to the next steps in the unification of these two organizations.

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Those details likely will include:

— Whether Chamber executive Dave Csintyan will head the new group or take a backseat to a new face.

— Whether the EDC's former CEO Mike Kazmierski will be replaced.

— What size budget the merged organization will have compared to the existing two entities.

— Who will sit on the board of the new organization.

— How the new agency will balance recruitment of new industry (now an EDC function) with existing business support and development (the chamber's current role).

— Whether the new agency will have a political action committee as the Chamber now does, but the EDC does not.

— How long it will take for both agencies to physically co-locate. Today, the two have different office locations. The EDC is at 90 S. Cascade Avenue, Suite 1050. The Chamber is at 6 S. Tejon St., Suite 700.

— How one agency might better serve the community than two separate ones.

Go here for more background.

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