Tourism proposal gets website

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Advocates for the $218 million City for Champions proposal have created a website allegedly containing "detailed information" on the four proposed tourist attractions. But there's still plenty of info missing.

For example, the site doesn't say with specificity how the projects to be located in the Southwest Downtown Urban Renewal Area will be funded, those being the Olympic museum and a baseball stadium/events center. The other two projects are an Air Force Academy visitors center and a sports medicine center at UCCS.

Backers of the plan, created by an elite segment of the community including Bill Hybl of El Pomar Foundation, Steve Bartolin of The Broadmoor and former Colorado College president Dick Celeste, want $82 million in state sales tax rebates to jump-start the projects.

Based on information contained on the website, the ballpark and sports medicine center will attract the fewest new out-of-state visitors, at 24,917 and 7,500, respectively.

Those two also will generate the least amount of state sales tax increment financing. The ballpark is expected to generate $3.9 million over 30 years, and the UCCS venus, $2.7 million.

The Olympic museum, however, is expected to draw 172,200 out-of-staters and generate $106.1 million in state sales tax increment financing over 30 years, while the Air Force Academy visitors center is forecast to pull in 129,750 out-of-state visitors, and bring in $89 million in state sales tax increment financing.

All together, the four attractions are expected to attract 1 million new visitors to the area, roughly a third of which will come from other states.

Anyway, here's the news release about the website:

The City for Champions project has launched a new web portal to host all project updates and information. The URL is www.CityForChampions.com. The site contains information on the City for Colorado Springs Regional Tourism Act Application appropriately named “City for Champions,” submitted to the Office of Economic Development and International Trade on July 8, 2013.
CityforChampions.com serves as the official information source for the City for Champions application. The type of content found on the site includes:
Detailed information on each of the four proposed venues
Timeline of the application process
The full City for Champions application and associated support documents
Frequently Asked Questions
Information about the Regional Tourism Act
Regular updates
Committee and Media Contacts
A full digital press kit can be downloaded here.
About the City for Champions
The City for Champions project includes four extraordinary landmarks and is submitted through an application to the State of Colorado Economic Development Corporation that seeks state funding through the Colorado Regional Tourism Act application. This exciting project is targeted to increase local and state tourism and generously boost local economies. In addition, it will build a unique brand that cements Colorado Springs’ reputation as a regional sports, health and fitness hub for elite athletes and defines our region as a national training ground for service men and women.

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The proposal is currently undergoing analysis by an independent third party. The city should find out in December if the state will help fund the proposal.

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