Tuesday, July 16, 2013

More help for the flagging airport

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Hoping that some big local names will make a big difference at the Colorado Springs Airport, Mayor Steve Bach today unveiled a task force that contains all the usual suspects.

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  • El Pomar website
  • Hybl: Now an air service expert

In fact, several of the five people on the panel played key roles in putting together the city's Regional Tourism Act application submitted July 8 that seeks $82 million in state sales tax money to build four tourist attractions: a downtown baseball stadium/events center, Olympic museum, Air Force Academy visitors center and sports performance center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Now those same miracle workers, along with a couple of others, will be handed the chore of making the airport relevant by serving on the newly created Airport Air Service Task Force. Apparently, Bach is willing to provide staff support for such a board while he's not willing to do so for the Airport Advisory Board, which is appointed by City Council.

We hope Bach is aware that this new panel will be subject to Colorado's open meetings and open records laws. The open meetings statute says this about who's subject to the law:

All boards, committees, commissions, authorities or other advisory, policy-making, rule-making or other formally constituted bodies and any public or private entity which has been delegated a governmental decision-making function by a body or official are included under the law.

From the city's news release: “This blue ribbon community leadership group, led by Bill Hybl, will assist our Airport in efforts to improve air service. The goal is more affordability and destinations for air travelers. This Task Force will complement the Airport Advisory Commission, which focuses on land use impacting the Airport,” said Mayor Bach.

The members: (* denotes those who worked on the city's RTA application)

*William Hybl — CEO of the El Pomar Foundation
· President Emeritus of the USOC
· US Representative to the 56th General Assembly of the United Nations
· Chairman of the US Commission on Public Diplomacy

Steve Bartolin — Chairman and CEO of the Broadmoor
· President of Broadmoor since 1991
· Chairman and CEO since 2002
· 2012 Colorado Business Magazine CEO of the Year

*Scott Blackmun — CEO of the United States Olympic Committee
· CEO since 2010
· Former COO of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)
· Serves on numerous local boards including: the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Victor Renuart — Retired Air Force Four Star General
· Fighter pilot with over 3,900 flight hours and 60 combat missions over Iraq and Bosnia
· Retired in 2010 with over 39 years of service
· Member of Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance Board of Directors

*Pamela Shockley-Zalabak — Chancellor UCCS
· Author of eight books and one hundred articles on organizational communication
· 2005 Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Women in Business Award
· 2011 Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence Award

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