UCCS students and Mayor Bach met today on campus to share ideas and get updates on the great things happening in Colorado Springs.
Mayor Bach discussed his Spirit of the Springs initiatives and invited students to attend the Winter Rally on February 17th at the Antlers Hilton.
Students were very interested in what the Mayor is doing to help make Colorado Springs a vibrant community with a variety of employment options to attract and retain young professionals.
The Mayor also knows the importance of keeping young professionals here. A UCCS medical campus as part of the Memorial Health System’s lease negotiations was at the top of the Mayor’s idea list. One student said that would definitely keep her here instead of moving to Boulder to pursue a medical degree.
He has also met with local bank CEOs to encourage lending to stimulate opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Along with Economic Vitality Specialist, Donna Nelson, he will also meet with venture capitalists next week to encourage investment.
The Mayor also spoke about a new program launching in the fall to engage the younger generation, beginning in 5th grade, to consider careers in local government. He hopes the program can grow into one where students are mentored through high school and possibly receive scholarships in exchange for a commitment to work for the City of Colorado Springs for a period of time.
Mayor Bach also discussed his vision of making local government more customer-focused. He’d like to streamline the business start-up process and reduce the number of City departments new owners must visit to begin operations.
He closed by encouraging students to celebrate the good things that make Colorado Springs a wonderful place to live, work and play including the July 27th celebration in downtown Colorado Springs. Students, families, friends and co-workers will gather for a large outdoor party to watch NBC broadcast the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies. That’ll be an event to celebrate!
To learn more about this discussion, read the UCCS Communique.
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