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.
Tea Party Strikes Out Against the Atlanta Braves
The Tea Party anger is focused on the county’s usually small-government, anti-tax Republican board of commissioners, which enticed the baseball team with a commitment of $300 million in public funds to go toward a new $672 million stadium for the ball club. But while the county commission called the stadium deal a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” the local Tea Party activists called foul, accusing the commission of rushing to a vote without enough public review and opening up the latest front in the war between Tea Party groups and the Republican establishment that pushed for the deal.
“I’ve had several members of the Chamber of Commerce tell me that the Tea Party needs to stick to federal issues and leave local issues like this alone,” said Debbie Dooley, the head of the Atlanta Tea Party. “Well, that’s not going to happen.”
Dooley had mounted a significant opposition to the plan, which she called “a done deal from the beginning,” and formed an unusual coalition among Tea Party activists, the Sierra Club, Common Cause, and other groups from across the political spectrum that opposed the deal for their own reasons.
At the public meeting before the commission voted four-to-one to approve the deal Tuesday night, commissioners heard discussion on “public private partnerships,” new local sales taxes, new taxes on hotels and apartments near the proposed site, and plenty of feedback from Dooley’s coalition and voters opposed to the deal, which was announced just two weeks earlier and did not include an environmental impact statement nor an economic impact statement.
“We’re spending millions of Cobb County taxpayer dollars on this deal and we’re going to take two weeks and ram it though?” said Patricia Hay, a local resident. “It reminds me of Obamacare and how they did that. At first we knew nothing and they said it was a wonderful deal, and now we’re finding out it’s not so wonderful.”
Susan Stanton from the Georgia Campaign for Liberty, an offshoot of Ron Paul’s libertarian organization, delivered a petition with 791 signatures, tagging the deal as corporate welfare for the Braves organization, while Debbie Dooley said the vote showed that the sole Democrat on the panel, Lisa Cupid, was more conservative than any of the four Republicans who approved the deal.
Thanks for sharing this news, Gracie. We have hundreds signed up already to join this global event!
How economic development is funded and managed may loom large as a means to boost revenues and local sales tax collections to support services provided by the city. So you have thoughts on the management models available - your comments will be appreciated.
Thank you if you have the time and interest to participate!
Mayor Botch is doing what the Koch Bros wanted when they financed his election: get rid of public union jobs, no matter the impact on the locality and its people. The police dept, fire fighters, teachers, and their unions are next on the list to wreck.
The applications have been Graded as an "I". For inaccurate, incomplete and inconclusive. The RTA funds are not to be used for 'seed money' projects but built on community support. Which, is lacking in this case. Also, the independent auditor did not reconcile the loss of the SKY SOX not using the stadium. This application is not for prime time and should not be allowed to move forward. Regardless of all the 'free money' being offered./
Glass is still not recycled in the West like it is back East, where you have a bottle deposit fee when you purchase a six pack. The homeless there collect the bottles & cans and actually earn a living by recycling them. I worked for Waste Management for 7 years who claim to recycle glass, but don't. They are allowed to crush it up and cover a landfill at the end of the night because they aren't using dirt as a cover. This is such a farce, but because there isn't a glass recycling plant in Colorado and would cost too much to transport to Utah where there is a plant, they are legally able to call this recycling glass products. We need to open a facility and start our own bottle deposit system and it would generate more jobs in the industry here for Colorado. How about it?
Miami Stadium fiasco- The agency also is looking closely at a controversial deal to build a new stadium for the Miami Marlins baseball team—paid for mostly with city and county bonds that left local taxpayers on the hook for over $1 billion for decades. The project was supposed to help attract more tourist traffic, boost the local economy and generate tax receipts. Instead, after three straight seasons in the basement of the National League East, the Marlins played their 2013 home games in a half-empty stadium.
The City of Miami and Miami-Dade County confirmed that they have received subpoenas.
DELIVERY SERVICES EVERYWHERE HERE IN ARIZONA....NOBODY GOING DOWN HERE...STRANGE
Someone plug the cord back into the wall socket?
I mentioned Clement Greenberg in order to provide an arch example of what I referred to as "formalist art theory"; not too many people outside of academia know who he is & so, by contextualizing "formalist art theory" with a substantial name like his, perhaps a few non-specialists might Wikipedia him & have a magical learning experience. My larger point was this: even if you're NOT a media-specific, Greenbergian-type formalist (not that anyone is these days) - even if, by contrast, you're a clever neo-neo-Dadaist iconoclastic populist - you never-the-less indirectly maintain a artificial hierarchical distinction between "art" and "culture" by having an art museum membership. Why? Because contemporary art institutions exist to sell the idea of CULTURE (the "aura of fine art") to an audience who has no need of it. The avant-garde used to legitimate it's activities within august art museums as a kind of staged protest in the heart of their enemy's camp but now it's obvious that their contemporary exemplars are merely neo-court artists. American democratic culture is free, literally and figuratively - as radically avant-garde as it gets. You're the worst kind of hypocrite if you mug these values but speculate on the possibility of your own blue chip success. Museums and galleries all over the world will attest to their success at fooling new money aspiring to "class" & those who aspire to be new money. Locally, we have events that contemporary audiences actually DO like - dance, wine, film, pop music - functioning as siren songs for desiccated cultural institutions. Of course, these sorts of distractions have always accompanied art exhibits, but never has the gilding replaced the lily as it does today! The public could care less about the art that's on the wall of their dance & wine & pop song event. & are they wrong? No! Do you really think that Mad Men & Breaking Bad have effected the western world less than Mark Rothko or Andy Goldsworthy? Whether or not you like either of these artists, can you deny the fact that they mean almost nothing to non-art specialists?
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