UPDATE: City for Champions public meeting set for Tuesday


UPDATE: Yes, Keith King's meeting is Feb. 24.

————-ORIGINAL POST FEB. 17, 2014, 1:44 P.M.——-
Although the City for Champions website appears to have gone stagnant, the push for $250 million worth of tourism attractions has not.

In fact, a public "informational" meeting is slated for 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Regional Building Headquarters, 2880 International Circle.

Those expected to attend include advocates Mayor Steve Bach and El Paso County Commissioners Amy Lathen and Dennis Hisey, as well as representatives from each of the four tourism projects. Those are an Air Force Academy visitors center, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs sports medicine center, downtown Olympic museum, and downtown sports events center.

City Council President Keith King also will attend, but King hasn't given his endorsement yet. Councilor Joel Miller is likely to show up also, but even if he doesn't, you can read a wealth of information he's compiled on his website.

Supporters are expected to discuss the projects, financial plans, timing and milestones needed to meet requirements to receive Regional Tourism Act funding from the state, which totals $120.5 million over 30 years.

“This is an opportunity for citizens to learn firsthand about these great projects and get the facts,” say Bach and Lathen in a news release. “There is a lot of misinformation out there so these meetings will be structured to give residents a better understanding of how these proposed projects can be built with no increase in taxes as well as their potential as economic drivers, opening up new business opportunities that will provide jobs for generations to come.”

If you miss Tuesday's meeting, you can drop in on King's town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St. One of the topics of the meeting is C4C, along with the west side's No Man's Land.

City for Champions backers are due to provide an initial progress report to the state Economic Development Commission on March 18.

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