Mayor's Office

Bike to Work Day Corporate Challenge Awards Celebration

Trails End Taproom
Thurs, July 11 6-7:30 p.m.

3103 W Colorado Ave

Join the Bike to Work Day committee as we close out June as Bike Month in Colorado.

Great prizes and bragging rights for winning Corporate Challenge Companies ( a winner for each size category).

We’ll also recognize the hard work of the many breakfast station sponsors, both first-timers and veterans, for creating a fun and festive environment for everyone.

Visit www.coloradosprings.gov/biketowork for information on breakfast stations and Corporate Challenge teams.

Event dates

Location Date/Time Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 6:00pm

Colorado Springs Health Foundation seeks volunteers to serve on its Board of Trustees

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado Springs Health Foundation seeks two volunteers to serve on its Board of Trustees beginning in March 2020.

Background
The City of Colorado Springs entered into a lease of Memorial Health System to UCHealth effective October 1, 2012. As part of that lease, the City established the Colorado Springs Health Foundation, whose mission is to provide grants to target immediate health care needs and encourage healthy living in El Paso and Teller Counties.

Board of Trustees

A nine-member Board of Trustees governs the affairs of the Colorado Springs Health Foundation. Trustees are nominated by the Mayor and appointed by City Council. Trustees must be at least 21 years of age and residents of the city of Colorado Springs. The Foundation seeks candidates with particular knowledge, expertise, education or experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Behavioral health (mental health and/or substance use disorders)
  • Public health
  • Investing/Finance
  • Education (K-12 or higher education)

In addition, the Foundation seeks candidates who will provide diverse perspectives and lived experience to the work of improving community health. This is a volunteer position, and requires a minimum commitment of six hours per month. Trustees can to serve up to three, three-year terms.

Application Process

Apply online at ColoradoSprings.gov/boards no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, July 19, 2019.

For questions or more information about the Trustee role, please contact Cari Davis, Executive Director, Colorado Springs Health Foundation, at 719-510-2204 or cdavis@cshf.net.

Colorado Springs Ranked #8 “Best Small City”* by Resonance Consulting

City is #2 in Attractions, #4 in Promotions

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -  Colorado Springs added to its growing stack of top rankings today, earning a #8 ranking among cities with populations under one million. The ranking comes thanks to Resonance Consultancy’s Best Cities ranking, which Bloomberg calls “the most comprehensive study of its kind; it identifies cities that are most desirable for locals, visitors and business people alike …“

Resonance ranks cities based on 23 factors  grouped into six core categories; Place, Promotion, Product, Programming, People and Prosperity. Resonance also considers “perception-shaping quantitative measures” such as the number of corporate headquarters, economic markers, etc.

Colorado Springs’ highest-scoring factors fell in the Product and Promotions categories. In the category of “Product,” Resonance called the city a “wonderland for those who love the outdoors,” and recognized its growing culinary scene. In the “Promotions” category, Colorado Springs ranked 4th for its “ability to tell its story.” Wrote Resonance, “The City is also getting the word out about its rise, moving up seven spots to #4 in our Promotions category, including piquing plenty of interest with the most Google Searchs among small cities in the country (other than Charleston).”

Read the full report here. Resonance’s profile piece on Colorado Springs is attached.

*By Resonance’s criteria, a “Small City” is one with a population of under 1 million

2019 Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament to be played Thursday

Sold-out event benefits Colorado Springs youth 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 8th annual Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament will be played Thursday (June 6) on The Broadmoor Golf Club’s East Course. For the eighth consecutive year, the charity tournament is sold out. 

Tournament proceeds will benefit scholarships for local students who plan to pursue public safety careers at Pikes Peak Community College as well as programming at The First Tee of Pikes Peak, a regional chapter of the international, nonprofit The First Tee organization. The First Tee is dedicated to serving youth through programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. 

Since 2012, the tournament has raised more than $450,000 with all net proceeds going back to the community. A full list of 2019 tournament sponsors is available at coloradosprings.gov/mayorscup
 

PopCycle Family Ride with Mayor Suthers

Join Mayor Suthers and his wife Janet June 9 for a family ride to support community, biking and local trails. This ride is organized through a collaborative partnership with Kids on Bikes and Bike Colorado Springs.

START: America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive.

ROUTE: The PopCycle Family Ride will start and end at the America the Beautiful Park with a six-mile round trip along the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail at a very relaxed pace with very little street crossing. The group will enjoy popsicles half way on what has affectionately become known as the PopCycle Bridge.  All riders must have a helmet.

RIDE DEPARTS: 1 p.m.

Event dates

Location America the Beautiful Park (map)
126 Cimino Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Date/Time Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 1:00pm

Colorado Springs ranked Nation’s “Most Desirable Place to Live” by U.S. News & World Report for second straight year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the second straight year, Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA, is the most desirable place to live in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The survey ranks desirability based on a survey of where residents would live if given the choice of the nation’s 125 largest metro areas. It shares the top spot with Honolulu, Portland and San Francisco.

“Those of us who call Colorado Springs home have long known that this is a highly desirable place to live,” said Mayor John Suthers. “The fact that people outside the region and state have started to take note is a testament to the momentum that exists in our city today. There’s no doubt that our natural scenery plays a major role, but so does our commitment to building a city that matches that incredible scenery. “

Colorado Springs again topped other major cities including San Diego (No. 5), Seattle (No. 7), Austin (#9) and Denver (#10). The full list is available here: https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/slideshows/the-25-most-desirable-places-to-live-in-the-us.

“It’s said that if you build a desirable place to visit, you’ll build a desirable place to live,” said Doug Price, President of Visit Colorado Springs.  “From our city’s very start, General Palmer understood the value of desirability and building a place people wanted to visit and ultimately, live. For decades, our stunning natural scenery, western hospitality and dedication to health and wellness have drawn travelers from across the globe.

Once people experience Colorado Springs firsthand, it’s easy to see why they would consider Olympic City USA the most desirable place to call their home. After a visit to the area, I myself made the decision to call this beautiful place home.

As we look forward to these world-class additions and expansions, we see General Palmer’s visions for our community continue to manifest, drawing both travelers and residents to experience the wonders of our city and the Pikes Peak region.”

Desirability is an element of U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Places to Live” report. Colorado Springs was ranked the No. 3 “Best Place to Live” in April, and No. 2 in 2018.

Past Rankings from U.S. News & World Report

  • Colorado Springs ranked 3rd Best Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report.  The 100 most populous cities were analyzed to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.  (04/19)
  • Colorado Springs ranked No. 1 Most Desirable Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report readers.  U.S. News & World Report asked people across the county to decide where they preferred to live out of the 100 largest metro regions.  (07/18)
  • Colorado Springs ranked 2nd Best Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report.  The 100 most populous cities were analyzed to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.  (04/18)
  • Colorado Springs ranked 11th Best Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report.  The 100 most populous cities were analyzed to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.  (02/17)
  • Colorado Springs ranked 2nd Most Desirable Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report readers.  U.S. News & World Report asked people across the county to decide where they preferred to live out of the 100 largest metro regions.  (02/17)
  • Colorado Springs ranked 5th Best Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report.  The 100 most populous cities were analyzed to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.  (03/16)

Colorado Springs ranked 2nd Most Desirable Place to Live by U.S. News & World Report readers.  U.S. News & World Report asked people across the county to decide where they preferred to live out of the 100 largest metro regions.  (04/16)

Colorado Springs celebrates travel and tourism industry

Colorado Springs, Colo. – May 3, 2019 – Several downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City parking meters will be free May 6-10 thanks to local tourism dollars generated by visitors through the Lodging and Automobile Rental Tax (LART). The City of Colorado Springs and Visit Colorado Springs are partnering to highlight the many ways travel contributes to the community. A free sign will be visible on the meters at the lucky spots in various locations.

The free meter sponsorship is part of the 36th annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), which unites communities across the country to celebrate how travel matters to American workers, economic growth and personal well-being. The theme of this year’s NTTW, “Travel Matters,” highlights the innumerable ways in which travel makes up the fabric of the Pikes Peak region’s culture and economy. Each day of NTTW will celebrate a different facet of travel: the economy, new experiences, workers, infrastructure, health benefits, hometown pride and how travel strengthens families.

“We are passing some of these vital tourism dollars along to our residents. Covering the cost of parking is just one small example of how tourism helps elevate our community, supports our local economy and enhances quality of life,” said Visit Colorado Springs President and CEO Doug Price.

“During National Travel and Tourism Week, we take time to recognize the tremendous impact tourism has on our local economy,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “We are proud that millions of people travel to Olympic City USA to experience all that we have to offer.”

Travel and Tourism facts:

• 20,000 workers are supported by travel and tourism in the Pikes Peak region

• Travel and tourism generates $97 million in local tax revenue

• Travel and tourism infuses $6.34 million daily into the Pikes Peak region

• Travel-related spending generated $171 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue in 2018

Visit Colorado Springs is the leading marketing organization for group and leisure travel and tourism, creating economic vitality through memorable visits to the wonders of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. For more information, visit www.VisitCOS.com/TourismPays.

Trail users and City officials to celebrate opening of new link in Cottonwood Creek Trail

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Trail users and city officials, including Mayor John Suthers, Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Director Karen Palus, and Public Works Director Travis Easton, will recognize the completion of the Cottonwood Creek Trail extension and replacement of Academy Boulevard bridge with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday (May 1).

The 16-month construction project replaced an aging, substandard bridge on Academy Boulevard, bringing the structure up to modern safety standards. It also extended the Cottonwood Creek Trail under Academy Boulevard, completing an important trail link.

Bike Colorado Springs and para-cyclist Chris Murphy will lead the first official ride on the new trail, culminating in a celebratory ribbon cutting and media event near the completed bridge.

BIKE RIDE:

When:             Wednesday, May 1, riders to depart at 12:50 p.m.

Where:            Bike ride will depart from the Vincent Drive Trailhead (parking is available at the trailhead)

RIBBON CUTTING/MEDIA EVENT:

When:             Wednesday, May 1,1 p.m.

Where:            6735 Kumar Heights (parking available)

The project was funded by multiple sources, but primarily by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA). The trail portion of the project was funded by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department.

For more information about the project, visit www.coloradosprings.gov/accbridge.

Event dates

Location Date/Time Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 12:50pm

Mayor Suthers calls on legislature to oppose SB 19-188, citing detriment to economy

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers is calling on the Colorado legislature to vote down the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, SB 19-188, because of the harm it would do to local and state economies.

“I’ve spoken with businesses of all sizes and they’ve made it loud and clear that State Bill 19-188 will be an imposing detriment on the vitality of their operations,” said Suthers. “Though well-intentioned, the FAMLI proposal is the largest and most expensive program of its kind in the nation. The cost imposed upon every employee and employer in the state, as well as state government, will significantly harm our economy.”

SB 19-188 is scheduled for a vote of the Senate today.

“I urge the General Assembly to vote no on Senate Bill 19-188, and instead, conduct a thorough actuarial study of the program’s true costs, and propose a more defined, reasonable and affordable proposal that protects, rather than harms, our economy.”

About SB 19-188

SB19-188 creates a mandatory program that grants paid leave and job protection to employees. The proposal applies to every employer in the state and would be funded 60 percent by employees and 40 percent by employers. Local governments would be exempted from paying the employer share, but local government employees could opt in, leaving private sector and nonprofit employees and employers to subsidize their coverage. Sole proprietors could also opt in. An employee would be eligible for paid leave after working for 90 days and could take up to 12 weeks of paid leave. The program would be created as an enterprise of state government, costing $18.8 million per year and would require hundreds of employees to run.

Read the bill text here and fiscal analysis here. Read a comparison with other states’ programs here.