Today, Mayor Steve Bach addressed the Colorado Springs Rotary Club regarding the Mission, Vision and Goals for the City of Colorado Springs. The discussion was bracketed by the story of Colorado Springs Rotary Club founder Francis Bumstead. In 1915, Mr. Bumstead owned a small plumbing and heating business off of North Nevada Avenue. Believing in the ideal of “Service Above Self”, Mr. Bumstead pushed hard for a Colorado Springs Rotary Club, despite that fact that, at the time, Colorado Springs was smaller than the recommended size for a Rotary Club (less than 30,000 residents versus the recommended 50,000 and above). Francis Bumstead showed the vision and determination that has always been present in the leadership of this community.
The Mayor emphasized the importance of voting in the upcoming election regarding the future of the Memorial Health System. He also mentioned the civilian jobs growth target of 6,000 new jobs per year and the need to transform City Government to one that lives within its limited financial resources, uses common sense and does the right thing.
Mayor Bach closed his prepared remarks by highlighting the various efforts being made to build community and mentioned upcoming city events like the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday August 12th, the Pikes Peak Ascent Marathon beginning on Saturday August 18th, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Friday August 24th, and the 36th Colorado Balloon Classic beginning on Saturday September 1st.
The meeting concluded with an in-depth question and answer session covering topics as diverse as the Martin Drake Power Plant, budgeting, education, and city transit.