I see this move by the council to be a good one - a city run enterprise should not be in the business of using ratepayer funds for anything other than operations and maintenance.
Here's some info from http://communique.uccs.edu/?p=9196 on the sports arena/stadium that UCCS is planning to build:
“Our current priority in the north [parcel] is a high altitude track and soccer stadium,” Wood said. “In addition to our own athletic teams using this facility, it would have disabled access that would allow wounded warriors and Paralympians to use the facility for training and would also provide valuable research information.” According to Wood, such a partnership would allow the faculty from the sports medicine and sports science facility to research the training methods and nutrition of the athletes. The north parcel will also include an indoor sports field house, and a 3,000-5,000-seat arena that will hosts public events including UCCS athletics, community events and concerts."
A stadium/events center on the UCCS campus appears to me to be an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars. Building a $92M sports arena/events center located downtown is redundant. The lure of $53M of tax rebates over 30 years has turned mayor Bach from a fiscal conservative to a spendaholic - of other people's money.
"According to Serco's information, Pico works for the Space and C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) business unit of Serco based out of Colorado Springs supporting the US military. The fleet management business unit is completely different and is based out of Reston, Virginia. So it would be unlikely that Pico had anything to do with getting Serco this contract. "
Correct. I have had no involvement at all with this contract in any way and have consistently recused myself from any and all discussions or actions involving Serco and the city.
Contracting for services is entirely within the Mayor's responsibility. The Council has nothing to do with contracting.
It would be interesting to know what KIND of contract this is - for example is it a fixed cost or cost plus?
Since Mayor Bach has failed to create the jobs that he promised this city, I think he should have to take a pay cut of half his pay rate and see what it's like to have to live on less but work harder for the money!
According to Serco's information, Pico works for the Space and C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) business unit of Serco based out of Colorado Springs supporting the US military. The fleet management business unit is completely different and is based out of Reston, Virginia. So it would be unlikely that Pico had anything to do with getting Serco this contract.
Also, Serco would not be driving vehicles all the way back to Virginia for maintenance, they would hire locals and sub-contract with local businesses to perform maintenance, so any local job loss would be one or two people at most. IOW most of the money Serco gets from this contract will stay in the Colorado Springs area.
It is turning into a heated battle - one the region is quite well known for. With the need to bring in employers - create primary jobs - and boost revenues so we can all buy toilet paper and toothpaste in the same week seems to be made the paramount need with de-emphasis on personalities and focus on the process. Create more 'Franklins' !
Beyond oil: 10 common but ignored fuels: HEMP
Hemp isn't just for smoking while you listen to side three of the Allman Brothers' "Eat a Peach" album. Strains with low to nonexistent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content are already used in food, wax, rope, paper and a vast array of everyday products too numerous to count.
According to the automotive website Edmunds.com, it can also be used in the creation of biodiesel. It follows the same principle as corn and soybeans, and its seeds and stalks can be fermented to produce ethanol.
Another idea for RMJ industry development for CS: a factory that makes vaporizers for smoking MJ. http://news.yahoo.com/can-a-tech-start-up-…
For the RMJ tour package, they could take them out to Dragonman's shooting range to blast their asses off at shitz or go skiing or 4 wheeling and such things that stoners would enjoy. Just make sure they sign a waiver! LMAO!L
Yes, and Atlanta has a population of 443,775 and CS has 431,834, yet they have professional Football, Basketball & Baseball teams and we don't. Our citizens go to Denver for these activities, and those that go to Sky Sock games say they don't want to have to go downtown to the new stadium location.
So why not develop industry that is in demand for Colorado Springs since Economics is based on Supply & Demand? How about that Glass Recycling Plant that I spoke about in the Plastic Recycling article? That would create many jobs and revenue for CS.
How about bringing the Recreation Marijuana industry here like Pueblo is going to do? We have plenty of empty buildings out by the airport that could be converted into a grow facility and development in MMJ oil to treat kids and cancer patients? How about adapting this into a Tourism business and generate more demand for people to fly directly to CS instead of out of Denver? Get some of the Bread & Breakfast establishments to support MMJ & RMJ within their facility and start a tour package that includes flight, lodging and activities like taking them to area places they might enjoy?
How about bringing back things like a Summer time Car Drive-In movie theatre like us older folks had when we were kids? You could convert a city owned parking lot like the new Social Security/ State Welfare facility out on Garden of the Gods that isn't open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights? Get it? There is a lot of options beside building a new stadium that won't generate the income and taxes they are projecting and using our tax payer dollars to fund it.
Bravo Joel Miller, his quote is right on---"I have issues with forcing ratepayers to be involved in paying for things that are not utility related. The Business Alliance is a political organization and for ratepayers to be endorsing somebody or something they don’t agree with is a fundamental problem."
The best reason for utilities not be involved in economic development (donating ratepayer money to pet non-profits) is that it is ratepayer money. I don't understand why Ms. Martin can't understand that.
Correction: That donation site is the Goodwill, not Salvation Army. My apologies.
Just yesterday the wonderful new Pope issued a serious paper speaking to the issues of greed, income inequality, trickle down economics (a BIG lie if ever was) and consumerism, the latter topic being the one that hits home with this article.
We won't go to a mall after Labor Day, as at least one retail whore has something Christmas on display that early. Holiday catalogs appeared in our mailbox in late August when school began. They didn't even wait for Fall, they actually started bombing us with catalogs in late SUMMER. We now get 2-4 per day.... places we've never heard of... straight to the recycle bin.
Christmas shopping season has now expanded to 5+ months; by 2020 it'll start on the 4th of July; by 2025 it'll start on Memorial Day; by 2030 it'll be year-round with holiday clearance sales from New Year's Day to IRS day on 15 April when a new Holiday selling season kicks in.
Back to the new Pope. I hope he opens people's eyes. We all have too much stuff. Think not? Go see the drive-thru donation line at the Salvation Army store on Kelly Johnson Blvd just off of N. Academy and watch as mini-van after mini-van lifts its tailgate and disgorges mounds of items excess to family after family. We're buried in stuff. Our homes are stuffed.
We never shop Black Friday, it's a commercial gimmick; they jack up prices then offer a big discount. Right. We won't fight all the crazed idiots in the parking lots and stores.
I hate how the media panders to retailers, constantly brainwashing the public with crap about how critical it is for us to spend so retailers can show a profit for the year. Boo-freaking-hoo. We have too many stores selling too much cheap foreign junk. Let's all stop buying.
Clever folks at Serco, they get to have $35M in tax-payer revenue, instead of it being reinvested in the local community. Being able to call a sitting Councilman one of their own is not bad either.
One of the problems facing the Colorado Springs economy is that its tax base consists largely of wage earners, pensioners, and small to medium sized businesses. Large corporations, on the other hand, take their earnings elsewhere for tax purposes, leaving only what may or may not go to property taxes to remain in the regional coffers.
The decision of the city council will result in job loss and a reduction in contracts with local firms, and place a further drain on the city’s resources.
Deals like this one end up costing the community far more than what’s on the price tag.
Serco cant suck up much more from the local DoD community so this Councilmember gets them work! This guy needs to go!
Is the current 'model' for regional economic development working or is a new approach needing to be examined?
Several companies, like Atmel for eq, get ton of "breaks" from CSU in the name of economic development and job saving. They give nothing back extra to COS, per their company rules, except their presence and high utility usage here in our City.
It should be noted that the current Braves stadium is located in downtown Atlanta and the new one is slated for the suburbs, moving in a direction exactly opposite to the local proposal.
CSU is an economic driver by itself. Let the RBA get their funding from their memberships and sponsors like the HBA, etc. You can tell the political pressure is immense on these officials since they are considering revisiting the issue with RBA. What happened to the reporting and communication required to the CSU board from any organiziations receiving over $10,000 that was voted on last year? RBA, downtown partnership, etc look at CSU as a big old piggy bank for their projects. Bike challenge came to town CSU spent tens of thousands in powerwashing buildings, cleaning Tejon etc for aesthetics. Let DP pay for stuff like that. No accountability or reporting of ROI, purposeful exclusion on important City issues, and blantant disrespect to Council and CSU board should have consequences. Hit em in their rev. source.
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