Colorado Springs got a huge boost Monday in its mission to improve the city economy, quality of life and tourism.
The City for Champions initiative, an umbrella name for four major city tourism projects, received the maximum funding--to the tune of $120.5 million--in a decision by the Economic Development Council Monday.
This means, according to project leader Amy Long, that the majority of funding for the four projects will be covered.
Those projects are:
The United States Olympic Museum:
An iconic destination museum dedicated to the Olympic and Paralympic Movement
Colorado Sports and Event Center:
- A destination for professional and aspiring athletes, this new one of a kind stadium will host regional and national sporting events associated with the Olympic movement in Colorado Springs.
Sports Medicine and Performance Center:
-A destination clinic for training and healing elite athletes and wounded warriors and the study of aging at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Gateway at Falcon Stadium:
- A complete visitor experience to recapture visitors interested in the training of the world’s top air force located at the United States Air Force Academy
(Information from cityforchampions.com)
According to the website, these four projects are expected to attract more than one million new visitors each year, bring in billions of dollars in new retail sales over the next 30 years and bring more than 700 permanent jobs to the city.
The website reads:
City for Champions builds upon Colorado Springs’ history as a health destination, a training ground for service men and women, and a sports and fitness hub by advancing a collection of new attractions unique in Colorado—and in some cases, the country. These venues will attract new out-of-state visitors, extend visitor trips, and improve quality of life for residents of the Pikes Peak region and the state. Together, the four City for Champions anchor projects combine synergistically in ways that will add dimension, energy and economy to the Pikes Peak Region.