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Regents OK $61M for UCCS sports medicine component of City for Champions

The University of Colorado regents Thursday approved spending $61.4 million on a City for Champions project: the proposed William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center at the system’s Colorado Springs campus. Read the full article at gazette.com.

EDITORIAL: Olympic museum may defy skeptics

Gov. John Hickenlooper, Mayor John Suthers, U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun and other state, national and community leaders will gather at 10 a.m. Friday for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the country’s premier U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame. Read the full article at gazette.com.

Construction starts on Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs

After nearly five years of preparation, crews are breaking ground to build an Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame — the first of its kind in the United States. Read the full article at kktv.com.

Olympic Museum construction is underway

With those words from Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, Olympic gold medalist in hurdles, the groundbreaking ceremony began for the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame at Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street in southwest downtown. Read the full article at csindy.com.

David Ramsey: Colorado Springs the perfect backdrop for Olympic Museum

An American Olympic museum is such a great idea. The biggest question is why did it take so long to become reality? Read the full article at gazette.com.

‘Olympic City USA’ Breaks Ground on New Museum

A ceremonial groundbreaking in downtown Colorado Springs Friday marked the start of construction on a new museum dedicated to U.S. Olympic history and ideals. Read the full article at krcc.com.

U.S. Breaks Ground on Olympic Museum — ATRadio

(ATR) Colorado Springs will soon be home to the first Olympic Museum in the United States. Read the full article at aroundtherings.com.

U.S. Olympic Museum groundbreaking ceremony

COLORADO SPRINGS – After years of planning, today is the day the highly anticipated U.S. Olympic Museum begins to come to life. The groundbreaking took place on South Sierra Madre Street where the iconic attraction is going to be built. Read the full article at koaa.com.

Olympic museum breaks ground in Springs

The U.S. Olympic Museum is underway in Colorado Springs. Read the full article at crej.com.

‘Transformational’ Olympic Museum breaks ground in Colorado Springs

U.S. Olympic Museum organizers have taken what they say is the most significant step yet toward turning their 5-year-old dream into reality. Read the full article at gazette.com.

Governors break ground on US Olympic museum in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for an Olympic museum that will include a Hall of Fame and make mention of every athlete who has competed for the U.S. team. Read the full article at turnto10.com.

Construction On U.S. Olympic Museum And Hall Of Fame Officially Under Way After Groundbreaking Ceremony In Colorado Springs

In 1978, the United States Olympic Committee made its home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Forty years – and one U.S. Olympic Training Center, two dozen national governing bodies, thousands of international sporting competitions and a downtown headquarters building – later, the USOC and the city of Colorado Springs took the next step in their partnership. […]

Governors break ground on U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for an Olympic museum that will include a Hall of Fame and make mention of every athlete who has competed for the U.S. team. Read the full article at denverpost.com.

Governors break ground on US Olympic museum in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for an Olympic museum that will include a Hall of Fame and make mention of every athlete who has competed for the U.S. team. Read the full article at sfchronicle.com.

Colorado governor, former Ohio governor break ground on U.S. Olympic museum

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for an Olympic museum that will include a Hall of Fame and make mention of every athlete who has competed for the U.S. team. Read the full article at usatoday.com.

Tourism bill fails, aviation museum won’t be piece of City for Champions projects

Colorado Springs’ fourth City for Champions project – the city’s proposed World War II aviation museum downtown – isn’t going to happen, Mayor John Suthers told the City Council during a luncheon meeting Tuesday. Read the full article at gazette.com.

Agreement with Colorado Springs agency clears way for Olympic Museum groundbreaking

The U.S. Olympic Museum could break ground in the next several weeks after a Colorado Springs redevelopment agency agreed Friday to issue bonds that will provide a crucial piece of funding for the $75 million project. Read the full article at gazette.com.

Olympic Museum backers in Colorado Springs move closer to funding for their project

U.S. Olympic Museum organizers cleared another hurdle Thursday when a state panel approved details of a multimillion-dollar loan for the downtown Colorado Springs project and how that money would be spent. Read the full article at gazette.com.

Narrowing the gap: Olympic Museum organizers in Colorado Springs say they’re inching closer to fundraising goal

Faced with next month’s deadline to raise private funds for their project, U.S. Olympic Museum organizers now say they’re just $4.2 million short and closing in on their goal. Read the full article at gazette.com.

City for Champions project draft language calls for borrowing $39 million

The Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority approved draft language to borrow $39 million for the City for Champions project. Read the full article at koaa.com.

Aviation museum eyes potential move to downtown Colorado Springs

The most-often asked question about putting National Museum of World War II Aviation downtown is also one of the easiest to answer. Read the full article at gazette.com.

UCCS names sports-medicine center for El Pomar CEO

The newest building on UCCS — a sports medicine and performance center — will be named in honor of William J. Hybl, according to news from the university. Hybl, longtime CEO of the El Pomar Foundation, is a local “philanthropic, amateur sports and diplomatic leader,” the university said in making the announcement. The 72,000-square-foot sports […]

Colorado Springs ready to issue bonds for Olympic Museum

The U.S. Olympic Museum, the crown jewel of Colorado Springs’ City for Champions proposal under the Regional Tourism Act, is weeks away from raising $39 million from three banks, city officials told the Colorado Economic Development Commission on Thursday. Read the full article at denverpost.com.

Sports and events center in downtown Colorado Springs on its deathbed, says Mayor Suthers

A downtown sports and event center, once envisioned as a critical piece of the City for Champions tourism initiative, now appears to be dead. Read the full article at gazette.com.

UCCS names sports-medicine center for El Pomar CEO

The newest building on UCCS — a sports medicine and performance center — will be named in honor of William J. Hybl, according to news from the university. Read the full article at csbj.com.

Proposed U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs gets $500,000 boost

The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving $500,000 to the proposed downtown U.S. Olympic Museum – a significant step for project supporters as they race to meet a March 31 deadline to raise millions more in private funding. Read the full article at gazette.com.

City for Champions: Redoubled effort in 2017 on new Air Force Academy visitor’s center

The City for Champions project to build a new visitor’s center for the Air Force Academy will be revisited in 2017 after financing concerns scuttled it for this year. Read the full article at gazette.com.

City for Champions: Olympic Museum organizers confident

The U.S. Olympic Museum isn’t scheduled to open for almost two years, but museum curators Kathy and Dennis Barrie have already begun the research and design steps toward creating what they hope will be a national destination for history and sports enthusiasts. Read the full article at gazette.com.

Research, design, exhibit work underway for U.S. Olympic Museum

The U.S. Olympic Museum isn’t scheduled to open for almost two years, but museum curators Kathy and Dennis Barrie have already begun the research and design steps toward creating what they hope will be a national destination for history and sports enthusiasts. Read the full article at gazette.com.

Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs likely to miss its targeted opening date

The U.S. Olympic Museum proposed for downtown Colorado Springs is unlikely to open by February 2018, the date targeted by organizers who wanted to christen the venue to coincide with the winter Olympics. Read the full article at gazette.com.

Don’t miss this opportunity!

The Air Force Academy has issued a Request for Quotation for a company to build and manage a Visitor Center, one of four City for Champions projects. FedBizOpps.Gov Full RFQ Click here for specific information on how and where to file.

Olympic Museum organizers receive another boost for Colorado Springs project

The U.S. Olympic Museum has received a $500,000 grant from the Denver-based Daniels Fund, giving organizers another boost toward their goal of raising $80 million for the project. Read the full article at gazette.com.

City of Colorado Springs to be branded as Olympic City USA

The summer Olympics don’t start till August, but they’re already in the spotlight as athletes strive to qualify and as the film “Race” shows movie­goers how black runner Jesse Owens won four gold medals in 1936 in Berlin while Adolph Hitler watched. Read the full article at gazette.com.

Air Force Academy set to bring in bidders for new visitors center

Suitors to build and run a $20 million visitors center will gather at the Air Force Academy next month as the school moves ahead with the long-anticipated project. Read the full article at gazette.com.

$40M UCCS sports medicine center part of City for Champions tourism initiative

A $40 million sports medicine and performance center is planned to begin construction in mid-2018 and open on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus by the end of 2019, according to a schedule released Monday at a campus-wide forum. Read the full article at gazette.com.

Renewed effort taking shape to redevelop southwest downtown in Colorado Springs

The effort to redevelop downtown Colorado Springs’ southwest side, which flopped despite city officials declaring the area an urban renewal site 15 years ago, might get a new life. Read the full article at gazette.com.

Site preparation underway for U.S. Olympic Museum in downtown Colorado Springs

It was a wall breaking, not a groundbreaking. Nevertheless, it was an important first step for the U.S. Olympic Museum, which is planned for downtown Colorado Springs’ southwest side. Read the full article at gazette.com.

Colorado Springs U.S. Olympic Museum backers showcase project renderings

Supporters of a planned U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs unveiled preliminary renderings of the project Thursday, while announcing they’ve finalized an agreement with a local developer who’s donating a 1.7 acre-site in southwest downtown. Read more from The Gazette.

Olympic Museum Plans, Designs Unveiled

It was a day of firsts in Colorado Springs, as the first images of the US Olympic Museum architecture designs were released. It’s also the first City for Champions project to take shape. Read more from KOAA.

United States Olympic Museum Unveils Preliminary Architecture and Exhibition Concept Designs

Land Gift Agreement of 1.7 Acres for Downtown Museum Site Finalized Colorado Springs, Colo. – May 14, 2015 — After a rigorous and collaborative design process, today the United States Olympic Museum unveiled preliminary conceptual architecture and exhibit renderings for the museum, scheduled for groundbreaking in spring 2016 and opening prior to the Olympic Winter […]

Tourism gathering in Colorado Springs sheds some light on U.S. Olympic Museum project

At a meeting where dozens of the Pikes Peak region’s longtime tourist attractions were in the spotlight, a project that’s more than two years from completion grabbed much of the attention. Read more from The Gazette.

Update On City For Champions Projects

Three massive Colorado Springs projects expected to bring a lot of tourism money to our area are on track and moving forward. Read more from KKTV.

Colorado Springs’ arts and cultural community says it will benefit from City for Champions

The Pikes Peak region’s cultural community turned out in force Tuesday to support City for Champions, as leaders of several arts organizations said the proposed tourism initiative has the potential to boost the local creative sector – not just the area’s economy. Read more at The Gazette.

City for Champions project gets new support

While opinion remains mixed on the city’s City for Champions project, organizers have received the backing of the local arts community. Read more from KRDO.

The arts community backs City for Champions

Last night, to a packed house in Studio Bee, local arts leaders formally came out in support of City for Champions. Read more at The Colorado Springs Independent.

In surprise move, Colorado Springs council to put City for Champions plan to public vote

Voters in Colorado Springs will not be asked to change the city’s charter to require a public vote on a City for Champions sports and events center. Read more at The Gazette.

‘Good bones’ in museum lineup

Now that Ambassador/Governor/President Dick Celeste and the U.S. Olympic Museum board have chosen Diller Scofidio + Renfro as the new facility’s design architect, what can we expect? Read more from The Colorado Springs Independent.

Who will design and build Colorado Springs’ Olympic Museum?

U.S. Olympic Museum organizers announced Monday that five firms with local, national and international experience will design and build the $60 million project in downtown Colorado Springs. Read more at The Gazette.

Olympic Museum’s creators chosen

GE Johnson of Colorado Springs will be the general contractor for the Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, and represents the only local firm chosen for the project, museum officials announced Monday at Penrose House. Read more from The Colorado Springs Independent.

Olympic Museum is Closer to Reality

The U.S. Olympic Museum is now a little closer to becoming a reality. Read more from the United States Olympic Museum.

City for Champions supporters tout benefits of downtown Colorado Springs sports venue

For years, downtown Tulsa, Okla., had a reputation as quiet and dull – the kind of place where the sidewalks were rolled up at night. That was before the Tulsa community invested in a major, publicly funded economic development initiative, which included a new downtown civic arena. Read more at The Gazette.

Mayor signs State EDC Resolution for City for Champions

Today, Mayor Steve Bach signed in acknowledgement the resolution by the Colorado State Economic Development Commission (EDC) for the City for Champions Regional Tourism Act (RTA) initiative. Read more from the City of Colorado Springs.

El Pomar gives $10 million to Olympic museum

Two weeks after Nor’wood Development Group donated land southwest of downtown for the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, El Pomar Foundation has decided to donate donate $10 million to the project, the museum announced today. Read more from The Colorado Springs Independent.

Colorado Springs real estate group to donate land for Olympic Museum

Colorado Springs real estate company Nor’wood Development Group said Friday that it will contribute a 1.7-acre site in southwest downtown where organizers of a planned U.S. Olympic Museum will build their venue. Nor’wood, one of the Springs’ biggest and most active developers, has been a major supporter of the City for Champions proposal – a […]

El Paso County officials hope to see consultant’s report on City for Champions by early October

El Paso County officials hope to receive a report in early October from a consultant the county hired to analyze economic projections contained in the City for Champions initiative. The report, being conducted by BBC Research & Consulting of Denver, will be used by the county commission as it decides whether to eventually spend a […]

Laura Neumann speaks on KVOR about the future of Colorado Springs and City for Champions

Hear Laura Neumann chat with Tom Antkow on KVOR about the future of Colorado Springs and City for Champions. Visit KVOR, scroll down and click on Weekend Talk 8-31.

Colorado Springs ready to move forward on City for Champions after state OKs agreement

The City for Champions projects got a green light Thursday when the Colorado Economic Development Commission approved the final details of an agreement for 
$120.5 million in state tax incentives for the project over the next 50 years. “It’s a significant milestone that we are very proud of,” said Laura Neumann, spokeswoman for the City […]

Colorado Springs City for Champions resolution gets final approval

The controversial City for Champions resolution for Colorado Springs on Thursday received its final approval by the Colorado State Economic Development Commission. According to the City of Colorado Springs, the EDC unanimously approved the resolution that finalizes the City for Champions Regional Tourism Act for $120.5 million. Read more from Fox 21 News.

State grant for ‘City for Champions’ gets rubber-stamp

Backers of the City for Champions proposal cleared another hurdle Thursday when the Colorado State Economic Development Commission gave final approval to a $120.5 Million tourism grant for the project. Adoption of the final resolution means the state EDC’s approval of the City for Champions Regional Tourism Act (RTA) application has been formalized. Read more […]

City for Champions Resolution Unanimously Approved

City for Champions Resolution Unanimously Approved COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –City for Champions reached an important milestone today when the final resolution was unanimously approved by the Colorado State Economic Development Commission. Adoption of this final resolution means that the EDC’s approval of the City for Champions Regional Tourism Act application on December 16, 2013, in […]

State EDC approves City for Champions proposal

Proponents of the City for Champions proposal cheered Thursday afternoon when their vision was approved by the Colorado State Economic Development Commission. The Colorado Springs public relations department issued the following news release: “City for Champions reached an important milestone today when the final resolution was unanimously approved by the Colorado State Economic Development Commission. […]

C4C meeting produces more clarity

Throughout the expansive room inside Library 21c, interested people gathered in clusters, listening to others, asking questions and receiving answers. The crowd estimated at 250 to 300 might not have been fully united, but on this Tuesday evening, even the known cynics kept their confrontational instincts in check. Read more at the Colorado Springs Business […]

Supporters, opponents of Colorado Springs’ City for Champions project weigh in

Tuesday’s City for Champions monthly meeting at the new 21st Century Library was like a networking holiday party with 200 of your closest friends. Singers performed, desserts were served, and everyone – supporters and opponents of the proposed four tourism projects – worked the room. Read more at The Gazette.

Locals weigh-in on City for Champions

Those with City for Champions letting the public have their say Tuesday, opening up the floor to ideas and looking for input on how to round out this mammoth project. “We purposely put this together to be a collaborative exchange of ideas with a larger group of people that may have not attended those particular […]

City for Champions debate heats up

City for Champions could change the landscape of our region both visually and financially. The question is, for better or worse? The four major projects include an Olympic museum, a sports medicine center at UCCS, an updated US Air force Academy visitor’s center and the big talker is a downtown sports and events center. This […]

New format at City for Champions meeting

City for Champions organizers are touting their monthly information meeting Tuesday as interactive and hands-on. Attendees will be greeted by athletes who train at the Olympic Training Center and then will have a chance to walk from station to station and to talk one-on-one with project leaders. Read more at the Gazette.

City for Champions Project Promises New Era for Colorado Springs

Bob Cope calls it a game-changer, the idea that one or several highly visible building projects can alter the destiny of a city. “We would love to have any of the four component projects that we are working on,” says Cope of the ambitious City for Champions initiative in Colorado Springs which will see the […]

Rocky Mountain State Games Athletes Go Over 10,000 For The First Time

The 2014 Rocky Mountain State Games in Colorado Springs attracted a record 10,000 athletes this July. Read more about our region’s premier sports and autosports events from The Colorado Springs Sports Corp.’s Mike Moran.

Air Force Academy vision includes raising tourist levels to pre-9/11 numbers

The Air Force Academy’s visitor center would move outside the gates of the 18,500-acre campus under a plan tied to the Colorado Springs City for Champions proposal. The academy announced Thursday that the $20 million attraction would be located just east of the academy’s northern gate at exit 156 off Interstate 25. The academy has […]

Installations director outlines vision for new visitor center

The Academy will move forward next month on the first step toward building a new visitor center just west of Interstate 25, the director of installations said July 21.Carlos Cruz-Gonzalez said the Air Force’s Financial Management Center of Expertise in Denver conducted business case analyses on several alternatives, including sites at Falcon Stadium, on the […]

AFA picks visitor center site

The new Air Force Academy visitors center will sit outside the north gate west of Interstate 25, atop a hill overlooking the campus, and will be built by a private partner, academy officials told the Independent on Monday. While the land is owned by the academy, the building will serve as a gateway to the city, too, […]

Olympic museum strikes deal with USOC

The effort to build a U.S. Olympic Museum as part of City for Champions tourism venture has hit a milestone by reaching an agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee, museum backers said in a news release today. In the release, Dick Celeste, who’s heading the museum effort, says fund-raising will now begin in earnest, with hopes of raising $70 million in donations. Read […]

Proposed Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs gets a boost from new agreement with USOC

Supporters of a proposed downtown U.S. Olympic Museum have signed a 30-year agreement with the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic Committee that will allow the venue to showcase Olympic artifacts and displays, the two organizations announced Thursday. The agreement is crucial because it will lend credibility to efforts to raise millions in private donations to help […]

Ideas emerge to strengthen Colorado Springs’ sister-city relationship with Ancient Olympia

A recent trip to Ancient Olympia could result in a Colorado Springs teenager taking part in a worldwide event. A delegation from Colorado Springs traveled to the birthplace of the Olympics last month to further the sister-city relationship between the municipalities. They came away from the four-day trip, paid for through private funds, with some […]

State tentatively OKs separation of Colorado Springs’ four City for Champions projects

Each of the four proposed City for Champions projects will be viewed as separate entities, under the draft agreement between the city and the state. The Office of Economic Development and International Trade sent its edits and remarks to Colorado Springs on its proposed resolution, which is the contract that outlines how City for Champions […]

Colorado Springs Olympic Museum backers say they’re close to deal with USOC

Proponents of a downtown Olympic Museum are near an agreement with the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic Committee that would give the museum Olympic support – opening the door for venue backers to raise funds on the strength of that relationship, Richard Celeste, president of the museum’s board of directors, said Tuesday. Read more from the […]

Support letter from Colorado Springs Police Protective Association for City for Champions

The Colorado Springs Police Protective Association (an organization of over 900 members) wishes to express our support for the City for Champions project in Colorado Springs. We feel this undertaking will add to the economic vitality as well as the overall beauty of our city; both of which are valuable assets to our wonderful community. […]

Laura Neumann on the Richard Randall Show

Hear Laura Neumann on the Richard Randall Show, speaking about City for Champions. Scroll down to the radio show with this date: 5.9.14.

EDITORIAL: Governor talks about merits of Bach, City for Champions

The Gazette editorial May 22, 2014 Don’t complain about Colorado Springs to Gov. John Hickenlooper. The Democrat and former Denver mayor views our community as a place attractive to young professionals and new businesses, citing a national survey that identified the Springs as the third-easiest city in the country in which to start a small […]

City for Champions gets new design ideas

The City for Champions has its supporters and opponents. New ideas on how to build the project were presented to two supporters of the project today. The visions of half a dozen designers were shown today. The students in Julie Beitzel’s third-grade class at Stratton Elementary did the designs as part of a project. Visitors […]

C4C Meeting Approaches; Possible Museum Architects Named

Public meetings about the city’s tourism venture, City for Champions, continue next week with another monthly meeting.It will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle, and promises the following: Elected officials and representatives from each of the four projects will speak and answer questions. Those include the Air […]

Getting the 411 on C4C

What you need to know, but may have missed, about the Springs’ big-deal tourism proposal. You’d have to turn back the clock five years to find a local issue as controversial as the City for Champions tourism project. In 2007, City Council imposed stormwater fees without a vote of the people, triggering a long-festering debate […]

Transforming Colorado Springs into an international city

City for Champions is featured in the most recent issue of Healthy Coloradan (article starts on page 23).

City going deeper into a hole

Being driven deeper into a hole We and others believe City for Champions is a brilliant plan to bring the most visible elements of Colorado Springs together – Air Force Academy, UCCS, sports and medicine, art – to fill in the gaps and make the city into a coherent piece, like a beautiful, hand-crafted quilt. […]

City for Champions organizers plan to visit other downtown stadiums

Organizers of the City for Champions plan to visit at least 11 cities that have built downtown sports and event centers in search of the secrets to their success. The travel itinerary includes stops in Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Florida to name a few, said Laura Neumann, former Colorado Springs Chief of Staff who now […]

Sports and event center could take two years to plan

Published: April 14, 2014, 6:54 pm, by Monica Mendoza It may be two years before the finance details of the proposed downtown sports and events center are finalized, according to a supplement milestone report sent by the city to the state regarding the City for Champions. ?Discussions are currently taking place with a leading national […]

Bach names RTA advisory board that will oversee City for Champions initiatives

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach on Friday announced 16 community leaders who will serve on the Regional Tourism Act Advisory Board, which will oversee development of the City of Champions. Appointments include three ex-officio members, nine community members and four representatives for each of the four projects in the City for Champions tourism initiative. RTA […]

Colorado Springs should be a sister city of Ancient Olympia by Tuesday

By Tuesday, Ancient Olympia and Colorado Springs could be sister cities. Two Greek delegates are in the area through Thursday intending to make the first step in a relationship that could benefit the area’s colleges, the U.S. Olympic movement and tourism. A vote on a resolution is on Tuesday’s agenda for the City Council. The […]

Opinion: Time to battle C4C opponents

From the start, even the most ardent supporters of City for Champions have known that the package deal of projects for Colorado Springs and the Air Force Academy wasn’t absolutely perfect and beyond reproach. Yes, some of the forecasts for likely usage and attendance, particularly for the Colorado Sports and Events Center downtown, might not […]

Fractious Council quintet oversteps boundaries

It’s hard to know what to make of the latest flare-up between Mayor Steve Bach and five of the nine members of City Council. In a letter to Bach signed by Council President Keith King, Joel Miller, Andy Pico, Helen Collins and Don Knight, the five declared their opposition to any “local public funding” for […]

From athlete to restaurateur, Travins has made his mark

Luke Travins has done much during his 24-year stay in Colorado Springs to shape the restaurant scene that so many residents hold dear. A native of New York City, Travins moved here in 1990 to train on the U.S. National Team for team handball. He continued to live and train at the Olympic Training Center […]

People on the Move – March 7, 2014

Peak Vista Community Health Centers announced elected 2014 officers for the board of directors. Steve Scott will serve as chair; Cindy Ellis, vice chair; Robert Willson, treasurer; Dr. Donna Johnson, secretary; and Jen Knellinger, past chair. Other board members include Ted Borden, Matt Carpenter, Tim Coutts,Santiago ?Bob? Duran, Victoria Stone, Dr. Pamela Taylor and Vincent […]

Big-timers could reshape Springs

The request sounded innocent enough, asking invitees to meet on Feb. 26 for breakfast and a presentation on urban development, specifically the monstrous project surrounding Denver’s new Union Station. Many of the 100 or so attendees surely saw that Chris Jenkins, president of Nor’wood Development Group and an energetic leader in the crusade of transforming […]

EDITORIAL: City for Champions a textbook example of fair, open process

If opponents of City for Champions want to help Colorado Springs, they will direct a helping of their distrust and skepticism up the road to Aurora. The Gaylord hotel/convention project, a scheme concocted by Aurora city officials and one private developer, will discourage tourists from making it to Denver, Colorado Springs or other parts of […]

Colorado Springs mayor Steve Bach pondering second-term bid

Mayor Steve Bach said Thursday that he is considering a run for a second term in office. “I’m leaning toward running again,” he said. “There is so much work to complete that I’ve started.” Bach was elected in a runoff election in May 2011 to a four-year-term and became the city’s first strong mayor under […]

City for Champions: Private donors stepping up in Colorado Springs

Organizers of the City for Champions proposal believe they can raise millions in private funding needed to complete three of the four planned tourism projects without a dime of public money, they said. Private donors and project organizers have been huddled for weeks working the numbers, said Dennis Hisey, chairman of the El Paso County […]

Colorado Springs council seeks answers on City for Champions board, finances

Colorado Springs City Council members received their first detailed look at City for Champions during a three-hour meeting Monday that was dominated by questions about an advisory board being created to oversee the $250 million tourism initiative and its financing plan. Billed as a fact-finding exercise for council members, the meeting showcased a split within […]

City for Champions has potential to change Colorado Springs’ reputation, some say

The proposed City for Champions projects have the potential to change Colorado Springs’ reputation and how residents view their city, some experts say. “Colorado Springs can be a tough place,” said Jariah Walker, a 36-year-old Springs resident and co-owner of Walker Asset Management Realty. “We’ve always been that ‘almost city,’ We think we’re not as […]

City for Champions economic impact examined

The City for Champions proposal envisions four tourism-related projects that are the size and scope of nothing seen before in Colorado Springs, and it typifies what some economists and city planners say will be needed for successful economic development in the 21st century. The project envisions the construction of a 10,000-seat stadium, a 3,000-seat indoor […]

Colorado Springs officials lay out some details, initial timeline on City for Champions

Concerns that the Colorado Springs City Council cannot get financial information about the City for Champions project should be laid to rest, Mayor Steve Bach said. The full financial picture on four tourism projects is being developed, he told council members and El Paso County commissioners on Thursday at the first joint meeting on the […]