I too want good things for COS, but this 4-pronged proposal is not the answer to spurring our local economy, providing tech and professional jobs, or attracting tourists. This hasty and secretively conceived proposal is not worth doing. Apx 80% of the $250M cost will be borne by private donations (no objection to individuals squandering their wealth this way) and by We The Taxpayers. The free state money, assuming we receive $53M, provides only 20% of the cost, receivable over 30 years, is not enough of a carrot to indenture ourselves. The city has substantial borrowing capacity, for which We The Taxpayers are liable, but it's foolish to waste it on building a stadium.
COS already has the World Arena for sports and other events. It opened in 1998. It was built to put COS on the sport's world map, attract tourists, and boost the local economy. How has that played out? Ragain's pro-soccer team, IF it becomes a reality, can make the World Arena their home.
We need to involve the public and with the people's input devise a new plan which can then be submitted to Denver next year. Email Ken Lund email@example.com requesting he JUST SAY NO to the mayor.
Seriously doubt you are a true champion of Colorado Springs. It's interesting the media, for the most part, has only focused on those individuals who oppose this project. There are a lot more who are in favor of the project than you think. Of course, every project has detractors - those folks who have no vision, don't take risks, and have no understanding on what it takes to put everything on the line standing up for what you believe in. It's so much easier to jump on the negative bandwagon than it is to be a standout. If you're such a stellar business person than you also know projects of this magnitude begin with the vision and going after the piece you think you can secure -than you start making plans on how to bring the project to fruition. But without knowing what that first piece of the pie will be, it's difficult to gauge what those next steps are going to entail.
Which piece isn't a tourism draw?
The stadium? Now that it's been modified to be a flexible stadium that can accommodate everything from soccer, rugby, lacrosse, football to archery competitions, dog shows and agility events, festivals, sporting camps and clinics. It's the perfect venue for the athlete march prior to the Rocky Mountain State Games and it will be a great asset to encourage new events to consider Colorado Springs.
The USOC Hall of Fame & Museum? Maybe that's not your "thing" but don't be surprised if this becomes a centerpiece of the tourism draw. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville isn't my "thing" but it brings in over 500,000 visitors annually.
The USAFA Visitors Center? Since 9/11 visitor numbers have steadily dropped and if there is imminent threat to the our country, the Air Force Academy goes into lock down. Having a visitors center that is easily accessible to visitors is definitely a bonus.
The UCCS Sports Medicine and Performance Center? Not only is Sports Tourism becoming a very popular new trend, but this piece will increase the student population of UCCS, become a training facility for elite Olympic, Paralympic, and possibly professional athletes as well as encourage sports related businesses to relocate here.
You beat me to your last line. Dieting is not "for 18 or 24 months". When it's a serious diet, it is forever. I think about how little time (one year after high school) it took to gain 15 pounds and about 3 years after that to hit my highest weight. And now, some 45 years after I have pretty much maintained my current and too-much weight, I realize getting back somewhere in the galaxy of my lower weight is going to take the rest of my life. You are an inspiration to me, but I probably am not going to get as low as I'd like. However, I can nip off a pound or so every now and then and hope that near-stability will be a sign of progress.
These figures are skewed. China only released test scores for students living in Shanghai. Their numbers do not reflect the entire country.
The dog and pony show was a complete farce. Cronyism and the good ol' boys were out in force yesterday. All the ethical issues of this proposal aside, the facts speak for themselves. Public funding is NOT secured, private funding is merely a promise, the economics are inaccurate and fallacious, the sustainable business model is "best case scenario" with a low ROI, there was NO geographic economic analysis, the projects are not wholly unique and some aren't tourism draws.
Every single proponent I spoke with to include retired General Gould of the AFA, an Olympic NGB young professional and a fellow young professional friend stated the details weren't ironed out, they didn't know the details, or hadn't read all the details but they supported "something" for Colorado Springs. That is NOT a good business practice or how I formulate my investment decisions; if that is how we plan to invest in our community it equates to a gamble. Financial and City development decisions must be based upon research, facts, risk analysis, urban modeling, and strategic planning. Every successful city we've visited and toured for ideas has done the work and research to do just that. We take components we like and try to cram them into a community and culture that doesn't match and try to generate justification by providing skewed and inaccurate statistics, assumptions and poor economic analysis.
The biggest message I have is not that we are against doing great things for the City but that they need to be done the right way which includes community buy-in, in-depth research, community analysis, real projections and better project planning. If anyone operated this way at work or ran their business this way they'd be fired or bankrupt.
I am a Champion for Colorado Springs and I don't support the City for Champions.
She had it coming she's a heartless person. I got my utilities cut off because of her not paying me 3 weeks. I had it really rough with my kids thanks to her, she still owes me ove $600. I'm just glad her game is finally over.
shhesh, somebody got up on the grumpy side of the bed.
So Elder claimed this in 2012, but AFTER 1A passed by a large margin. He knew the citizens supported it, but now he claims a different story? Wonder why? Maybe he realized all the employees support it and he's just one of THOSE candidates who flip flops whichever way suits him best. And how about he offer some explanation as to what made him change his mind. Beware of a candidate that speaks out of both sides of his mouth.
M R, the dog must have eaten you homework too. You have a low IQ problem.
Want me to explain IQ to you?
Really Mountain Man, a "PILE" You obviously, have little to no experience with the accuracy of Indy reporters. Go back to 5th grade.
Elder, sounds like the dog ate your homework. What a PILE.....
I have to take a minute to clarify, the Indy called for a comment however due to issues with the phone system I did not get message. Therefore they used comments I gave to them in November 2012. My comments were not made this year. Bill
is mayor botch going to count these jobs as new? they will be the same jobs with less pay and benefits... how many of botch's friends made out on this one? he will be re-elected, because he is old, white and will put an R by his name... this village is getting worse every day!
I was not aware that I had been called by the Indy to comment on this article but I will take the opportunity to respond.
In November of 2012, as the tax was being voted on, I told the Indy that I wouldn't commit to future support for the tax measure without seeing how it was ultimately being spent, that I felt I could find efficiencies within the budget.
I can say today that I have been impressed with how the tax has been applied by Sheriff Maketa and his staff. Personnel and equipment needs, which have gone unfunded for years, are now being addressed as quickly as possible. It takes considerable time to recruit, hire, train and equip sworn law enforcement personnel. This career field isn't for everyone and not everyone hired makes it through the entire process.
The effects of 1A will take additional time to fully measure but should continue to prove to be an enormous benefit to our community for many years. 1A has and will continue to provide much needed budgetary relief to more than the Sheriff's Office as Commissioner Glenn says. The far reaching effects on the Pikes Peak region may not be fully realized for some years. 1A can provide some relief.
Provided this tax has a continued regional application in future years and continues to have the desired effect of reducing crime and response times, I fully support its extension beyond the 2020 sunset and as is the case now, I will continue to seek public input into its future use. I can't afford to wait to plan for the sunset, I have a plan that I am developing to address the matter. I have committed to conservatively manage the budget and will look for ways to create efficiencies everywhere possible throughout the organization. As I have in private business, I will look for maximum service for every dollar spent.
The 1A tax is being applied to everyone in the region and I am committed to a regional approach to public safety. I am already working with the regions public safety leaders, private entity partners and community leaders. We are identifying needs and creating opportunities where we as a community can improve the delivery of public safety services, enhance our disaster preparedness response and improve the overall quality of life throughout all of El Paso County. Together we will build a safe and vibrant community.
To learn more about me and my vision for the Sheriff's Office go to my website at www.elder4sheriff.com and see why trusted law enforcement officials and community leaders from around the region endorse me. There is no substitute for law enforcement experienced leadership!
Candidate for El Paso County Sheriff
China #1 & USA ranked greater than 25th in the world in Educational test given to 15 year olds. I think we can do much better than this if we want to compete in the global market in jobs and such.
Haha TejonTech. I don't think there's any expectation of privacy when you are evicted for non-payment of rent! "Geez, please don't tell anybody!"
I hope Medical-marijuana patient Bob Crouse gets $$$ from the city for what DA May put him thru with the bogus arrest and mistreatment of his MMJ plants. Maybe now the city will take us MMJ patients more seriously with how they treat us according to the COLORADO STATE LAW!
EXACTLY! Where are the jobs Bach promised to create for Colorado Springs??? No effort to bring in an industry to create jobs right NOW, not 3 years in the future after this project is built. What about a glass recycling plant, acceptance of RMJ and the taxes and jobs that could create, RMJ tours that could expand use of the city airport and B&Bs that are friendly to RMJ to bring people here for a vacation, poor return on solar garden industry, no new jobs but layoffs of city employees then giving away millions in pensions to have early retirement for city leaders.
Lets vote this guy out of city government since all he is suggesting is to make money for his rich friends and cost us more in taxes and utilities when they close the plant down to create this "City of Champions" city improvement farce.
Good for you Ralph and thanks for sharing. Wish you the best with your plan; sounds like you're on track.
What an absolute farce. I trust that someone will present this to the RTA (chances are they've already seen it) for what it really is when Bach parades his entourage in for the interview.
C4C is is beginning to wreak of desperation. Just imagine if all the effort that has gone into this boondoggle had instead gone into keeping our airport viable.
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