Notice how the Broadmoor has come out in support of LART dollars but has mentioned nothing of City for Champions? How long and how many dollars were put into a plan developing a disabled athlete arena at UCCS. Years of committee work, blue plans, etc and then nothing happens. This community is notorious for not following thru.
Callie, I've lived here for over 12 years now. Every time we have people come up to visit they want to go to Pikes Peak (why wasn't a new summit house included?), to Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls (devastated area due to floods), and hike on our now much destroyed trails. Not one--I repeat--not one has wanted to go to a museum or take in a sporting event. You know what would be fun and truly unique like the RTA request states, and that both citizens and visitors alike would benefit from--connecting all the trails throughout downtown and the city, putting in a bike/segway rental next to hotels downtown and creating an active experiential experience for everyone? That is just one idea. There are even better great ideas out there--I've read many that have been expressed in forums from people in our community. And yet, not once was the public brought in to voice our opinion on how our tax dollars should be spent. Surveys have been created and these projects didn't even make the top ten list. Just because there are those that don't agree with the projects does not mean they aren't Champions for COS. Let's stick to the issues. And as always, Thank you Pam Zubeck, a great journalist for presenting the facts.
The World Arena sits empty more than it's full. Why? Bottom line - cost. Not a soccer fan, eh? A pro soccer team isn't going to hold their games at the World Arena.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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