Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New biz group rides to Springs' rescue

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM

click to enlarge We have heroes among us who want to save our community from the rut it's sunk into. - CHRISTOPHER STADLER
  • Christopher Stadler
  • We have heroes among us who want to save our community from the rut it's sunk into.
Citing crumbling infrastructure, high unemployment and a divisive local government, a newly created non-profit group is launching an effort to "bring the community together to help address the problems and the opportunities that lie ahead."

A letter being disseminated across the community to key individuals and groups states that Colorado Springs Forward will lead the way in those efforts.

The organization, the letter says, "is a broad-based alliance of people and organizations that care deeply about and are committed to the success of the Pikes Peak region. Our individual members and member organizations have demonstrated a profound interest in all aspects of our community."

Springs Forward, ("The Shadow knows," July 23, 2014), is a 501(c)(6) which the Internal Revenue Service code defines this way:
501(c)(6) provides for exemption of business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, boards of trade, and professional football leagues (whether or not administering a pension fund for football players), which are not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.
The letter and the website contain no names of individuals, but as we reported in July, members reportedly include William Mutch, vice president of government affairs for the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs; Bob Cutter, who headed the nonprofit Colorado Springs Together to help those affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire; businessman Phil Lane; philanthropist Kathy Loo, and developers Doug Quimby, Doug Stimple and Chris Jenkins.

It will become more clear who's involved when CSF publishes an ad in the Gazette that will contain "a list of names supportive of the message," according to CSF's website. There's no mention of placing an ad in any other local media.

We've asked Mutch, considered the spokesman for the group, for more information about the letter the group has sent and more details on its future plans and will update this blog if and when we hear back from him.

Two weeks ago, we checked in with him asking if CSF would endorse the Nov. 4 ballot measure that would create the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority to deal with stormwater needs. Here's his response: 
We are still doing our various discussions about potential priorities, mission and vision, and if there is a role the group could fulfill in the community. As such, it would be premature for us to take a position on the storm water issue. We will certainly be in touch with you if/when a decision is made to formally announce the organization.

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