A quick perusal of some of the stories on today's interwebs reveals two facts: Pueblo is the second-cheapest place to live in the country (according to Kiplinger.com), and Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Olympic Committee. (Reaction here.)
• To the first point, Kiplinger has this to say about our steel brethren to the south, where the average income is $40,805:
Located about 100 miles south of Denver, Pueblo has an enviable combination of decent paychecks and super-low housing costs.
Back in Colorado Springs, all of this translates into about $215 million a year in economic impact, according to a USOC study commissioned in 2010. That year, the Olympic Committee and its related organizations and businesses employed more than 2,100 people here. The tally included 22 national sports governing bodies now located in Colorado Springs, as well, but not several dozen other amateur sports groups in the area. Other outfits, from the Mountain West Conference to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, are now headquartered in Colorado Springs, too. Each year, about 13,000 athletes and sports staff travel to the city's Olympic Training Center, and a good 125,000 of the rest of us come, too, just to get a peek at what they’re doing.
And to think, all of this could have developed 1,000 miles away — in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.