Leaders in the Pikes Peak region are optimistic about city economies rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic, and they’re balancing the pros and cons of the thriving tourism and construction industries. 

Numerous local agencies and citizens have made pitches for money coming to Colorado Springs and El Paso County from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, designed to help cities, counties and states recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Running a $1.1-billion enterprise requires knowledge, technical know-how and a certain level of business acumen. So thought a group of citizens some years ago in their push to create a separate Colorado Springs Utilities Board schooled in the business world. They argued that City Council isn…

In 2019, city council voted to extend its first and largest direct subsidy to a corporation when it approved $16.2 million in sales tax breaks over 25 years for Scheels All Sports, a retailer that built a superstore on the city’s Northside.