By this summer, Colorado Springs Parking Enterprise Director Scott Lee plans to make parking in downtown Colorado Springs a lot more convenient. The city is working with Milwaukee-based CivicSmart, a vendor of smart parking meters, to replace the current street meters with a product that can interface with a mobile...
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers makes a to-do list every year. He said he checked off most of his tasks for 2019. But one item didn’t get done — and it became a top priority on this year’s list. The city is still trying to resolve litigation over stormwater runoff. The...
A year ago, Mayor John Suthers was worried about the progress of the City for Champions suite of projects, which he views as a tourism and development boost for the city. Although the state had granted $120.5 million in sales tax increment funding through the Regional Tourism Act, the city...
The ghosts of historic buildings Colorado Springs has lost haunt Mayor John Suthers. He sees the outlines of the 1912 Burns Theater, which occupied a space on the south side of Pikes Peak Avenue between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street. Reputed to be one of the finest venues west of...
After months of contentious discussions with Colorado Springs property owners, City Council has finally created new regulations to govern the operation of short-term rental properties, commonly offered through online booking platforms like VRBO and Airbnb. A divided Council voted 5-4 on Dec. 5 to approve new provisions as recommended by...
By Pam Zubeck Colorado Springs City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 12 to grant a local business a tax incentive but refused to name the business. It’s unclear when the identity will be revealed for a company to which the city assigned the code name “Project Beach.” For $14,310 in sales and...
By J. Adrian Stanley and Pam Zubeck, Colorado Springs Independent  The El Paso County Assessor’s Office announced plans last week to tax short-term rentals, often referred to by the brand name Airbnb, as commercial properties. The change opens a can of worms regarding how those properties are handled by city and...
El Paso County is asking business owners to weigh in on a new master plan that will map out the county’s growth for the next 30-50 years. Businesses and citizens will have multiple opportunities to provide input during the planning process, including public meetings and an online survey. The county’s existing...
Visit Colorado Springs President and CEO Doug Price and several other Colorado Springs folks were sitting in the Nashville airport waiting for a flight home in June 2015. Price and the delegation, including newly elected Mayor John Suthers’ wife, Janet, had traveled to Nashville on a chamber of commerce benchmarking...
A dedicated, “boots-on-the-ground” one-year push to improve the lives of the city’s homeless population is already bearing fruit, with 370 low-barrier shelter beds added at Springs Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army. The city of Colorado Springs’ homelessness response action plan — now known as the 2019 Colorado Springs Homelessness...
By Pam Zubeck The dreaded “R” word appears only once in the city’s 2019 budget, but fear of a recession might be driving the city’s revenue forecast, which is less optimistic than the previous year’s prediction. The 2018 city budget’s outlook predicted sales and use tax revenue would exceed $207 million...
Mayor John Suthers is bullish about Colorado Springs in 2019. “There’s going to be a lot of good news,” Suthers said in a year-end interview with the Business Journal. “There are so many things in the pipeline all coming to fruition in 2019. … I’m a little nervous about the...