by Pam Zubeck
City economic development official Bob Cope says the jobs numbers submitted to the state on July 17 were not a revision but simply broke down the numbers in a different way. In short, to get the figure for permanent jobs associated with the City for Champions project, you add the "Total New Employees Generated" numbers for 2015 (189) and 2016 (566), and add them up.
That prediction comes from the city's Potential Employment/Economic Impact Estimates, which the city submitted July 17 as a follow-up to its original July 8 application for state funding through the Regional Tourism Act.
And those figures are pretty different than the ones included in the original proposal.
Now, it appears that's not the only thing that's been revised.
The state Office of Economic Development and International Trade initially didn't release the jobs forecast but this morning sent us a copy, saying there was no reason to withhold it under the Colorado Open Records Act.
In the original application, the city and its "partners" claimed the four projects — downtown ballpark, Olympic museum, Air Force Academy visitors center and sports medicine center at UCCS — would "contribute 754 permanent jobs to the Colorado Springs region, resulting in annual income of more than $26 million."
Below is from p. 57 of the original proposal; the "Total New Employees Generated" item appears in the second-to-last section.
Here's a PDF of that table:
As you can see, quite a difference. Here's another table, on Page 58, that the original application said represented employment by occupation. These numbers reflect both permanent and construction jobs:
On Page 22, for example, the original application says "479 new jobs will be created" by the downtown ballpark/events center. But in the table submitted to the state last week, the job total is 240.
The state Economic Development Commission will make a decision on whether to allocate $82 million in state sales tax money to the projects before the end of the year.