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Mayor signs State EDC Resolution for City for Champions
Monday, October 20, 2014


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Today, Mayor Steve Bach signed in acknowledgement the resolution by the Colorado State Economic Development Commission (EDC) for the City for Champions Regional Tourism Act (RTA) initiative.

By signing the final resolution, Mayor Bach acknowledges the EDC’s approval of the City for Champions RTA application for the full requested amount of $120.5M.  The resolution is a milestone in the RTA process and its completion allows each of the four project elements, a United States Olympic Museum, Colorado Sports and Event Center, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) Sports Medicine and Performance Center, and a new United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Visitor Center, to advance to the next planning phase.

“I’m extremely grateful to UCCS, USAFA and the United States Olympic Museum Corporation for their continuing efforts and dedication to bringing their projects to fruition,” said Mayor Bach.  “Regarding the Colorado Sports and Event Center component of the City for Champions Initiative, it is now time for the community to take this project forward.”

The local RTA advisory board and a citizen-led advocacy group will utilize the preliminary plan for the Colorado Sports and Event Center to develop a final business plan with input from the public to include the design, programming, ownership, operation, project costs and plan of finance.  This process could take a year or longer. 

“We are grateful to the State Economic Development Commission, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the State Attorney General’s office for granting the City of Colorado Springs this historic opportunity and for their efforts in completing this resolution and their partnership on these exciting projects,” said Mayor Bach.

Mayor Bach added, “City for Champions is truly a unique and extraordinary tourism project that will result in significant economic growth for Colorado Springs and the state of Colorado.”

Final signed EDC Resolution (pdf file)