DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP OF COLORADO SPRINGS ANNUAL REPORT 2011
Of Visions and Visionaries Downtown, like any neighborhood, is ever evolving. In past decades, we’ve seen what we think of as “everyone’s neighborhood” transform, piece by piece, until the whole has become something once unimaginably rich and textured. Change comes in its own time, in its own ways, and the process is often the most interesting part of the journey. Early visionaries like Lucy Ross understood that. Lucy was passionate about Downtown; she was one of its earliest proponents, the founder and president of the Downtowners and co-chair for the historic Downtown Bed Races. She knew that Downtown held and will always hold more promise than whatever is “right now” and she ensured its growth by leaving a generous bequest to us in her estate. We mention Lucy Ross not only for her financial gift, but primarily because she represented all that every great Downtown needs: a spunky, tireless and unstoppable advocate. All that we know of Downtown now was sparked in part by Lucy and has been championed since by a growing cast of other visionaries. All of what fuels Downtown is its people: shopkeepers, professionals, artists, musicians, and volunteers, as well as the patrons who come to “shop, wine, dine and play.” Downtown Partnership serves as the district’s leader and a leadership catalyst. Four separate Boards of Directors and 11 committees are staffed entirely by volunteers, who work long and hard to bring to fruition a variety of visions. From the young to the mature, our champions reflect every stripe of vibrant. This year we both had the privilege of traveling on a Chamber of Commerce-led trip to Oklahoma City to learn more about how that city has revitalized itself. Aside from learning Oklahomans’ story, what most impacted us was seeing, among our group and theirs, the power of community pride and spirit. We felt privileged for the extended quality time with some of our elected officials and for the opportunity to continue to advocate for Downtown. Inside these pages we recap what has been an inspiring, adventuresome and productive year Downtown. We hope that as you review our accomplishments, sparked within you are fresh ideas and a renewed sense of community spirit. While we continue to cast a wider collaborative net and spin loftier visions of tomorrow, we are grateful to help lead the process. We thank all of you who share in this exciting journey.
Chris Jenkins President Downtown Partnership
Ron Butlin Executive Director Downtown Partnership
Our Mission To achieve a world class, vibrant Downtown Colorado Springs that serves as the civic, cultural, and economic heart of the city. 2
Organizations & Leadership The Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs (DP), a 501 (c) 4 nonprofit organization, provides leadership and advocacy for Downtown Colorado Springs while supporting partner organizations with strategic guidance and administrative and accounting services. Brian Burnett Randy Case Scott Clinton Michael Collins Steve Engel Sam Eppley, Vice President Les Gruen Rich Guy Jim Harris Gay Hatler, Secretary/Treasurer Kady Hommel
Kailash N. Jaitly Chris Jenkins, President Mark Jones Jim Kin Chuck Murphy Susan Presti Doug Price Jim Rees Nolan Schriner Chris Sohn Wayne Timura
The Greater Downtown Colorado Springs Business Improvement District (BID) focuses on beautification and maintenance of public spaces Downtown, parking and transportation, and marketing. James Brodie Steve Condon, Secretary/Treasurer Gary Feffer Susan Godec Ralph Hibbard William J Hybl Jr.
The Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority (DDA) advances Downtown revitalization and economic development through special programs and financial assistance. Merv Bennett Susan Edmondson, Vice Chair Steve Engel, Secretary/Treasurer Sam Eppley Rich Guy
Mike Hassell Chris Jenkins David Lord Roger Sauerhagen Nolan Schriner
Colorado Springs Community Ventures, Inc. (CV), a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, focuses on the growth of arts and culture but also provides public benefit programs and education. Mary-K Burnett Michael Collins, President Kris Faricy Lara Holman Garritano Matt Mayberry, Vice President
Jay Miller Blake Milteer Chuck Murphy Tariana Navas-Nieves Sharon Schriner
Cari Karns Hannah Parsons Randy Price Ryan Riesterer, Chair Janelle Walston, Vice Chair
Year in Review Downtown Partnership (DP) ADVOCACY was at the forefront of Downtown Partnership efforts this past year. Downtown Partnership set the stage last fall with its annual Mayor’s Breakfast on Downtown that brought to the podium, alongside Mayor Rivera, Governor John Hickenlooper, whose election had been sealed only a day prior. The Fine Arts Center SaGaJi Theatre was packed and an enthusiastic crowd spilled out into the adjacent corridors. In his first public appearance as Governor, Hickenlooper challenged us to dream bigger and do more. In the spring, with Colorado Springs voters charged to elect a first-ever “strong mayor” as well as new City Council members, a wide slate of candidates emerged. Utilizing Facebook, Twitter and e-blasts, Downtown Partnership encouraged citizen engagement. We interviewed 14 City Council candidates and nine Mayoral candidates, and posted their responses to five questions about Downtown on our website.
Mayor’s Breakfast 2010
We helped educate voters by disseminating information about the change of form in government. We also joined others in sponsoring a live interactive online Young Professionals Mayoral Forum, facilitated by Springs Vision Forum, a foursome comprised of Marcus Haggard (Magneti Marketing), Etienne Hardre (Next Exit Advisors), Tucker Wannamaker (Magneti Marketing) and Ashlee Springer (Smash Events). Users posed their own questions, dialogued with the leading candidates — then Richard Skorman and Steve Bach — and with each other. The forum brought to the table the tech-savvy and a newer generation of voices and vision. Downtown Partnership also continued its tradition of FACILITATING CONNECTIONS AND COLLABORATIONS. Membership mixers promoted real time, face-to-face networking. First Commercial Bank, HB&A Architects and RTA Architects generously hosted these much-anticipated get-togethers. Our monthly newsletters profiled Downtown merchants, promoted events and revealed pieces of Downtown history. Community conversations, communications about Downtown and event promotions took off exponentially this year via Twitter and Facebook. Individuals and businesses were no longer simply responding to our outgoing messages, but initiating their own. DP also provided financial and management services to its partnering organizations: the Downtown Development Authority, Business Improvement District, and Community Ventures.
Photo by Charlotte Geary
Acacia Park concept by HB&A Architects
People’s Pedal Party
Downtown Development Authority (DDA) The DDA focused this past year on continuing SUPPORT for mainstay events, building funds for future investment, nurturing the VISIONARY PROCESS and in general, STIMULATING ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. The Blues Under the Bridge music festival and the Pikes Peak Arts Festival drew thousands into Downtown. A giant image of local cycling pro Danny Pate on the west side of the Alamo Building (see BID below) drew attention to DDA’s sponsorship of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The timed Prologue stage that culminated Downtown helped shine a national spotlight on the City. The preceding People’s Pedal Party engaged the cycling community and others enthused about the event. DDA propelled new discussions about the future of Acacia Park. This city-center resource, many believe, is underutilized and not meeting its potential. With community input, HB&A Architects created 3D-virtual renderings of numerous concepts. Those concepts can be viewed at http://www.hbaa.com/portfolio/on-the-boards/acaciapark/. Taking a cue from the imaginative and increasingly popular efforts of Modbo owners Brett and Lauren Andrus, the DDA also began reconsidering how Downtown alleyways are utilized. Conversations have been stimulated around the viability of an Arts Alley District. Marketing Campaign
Business Improvement District (BID) The Business Improvement District expanded the “There is only one Downtown” MARKETING CAMPAIGN through increased social networking and the development and growth of signature Downtown events. Links were established between all social media platforms: website, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Tumblr. Close to 4,000 people have “liked” our Facebook page, and there are more than 3,000 monthly active users. The Acacia Park FARMERS MARKET returned for a second year, drawing larger crowds vying for the weekly opportunity to purchase fresh produce and a variety of other goods from area vendors. Most weeks offered live music, themes and related activities for all ages. Our appreciation to Miller Farms for its outstanding offerings of fresh, high-quality Colorado produce.
Acacia Park Farmers Market
Blues under the Bridge
Pikes Peak Arts Festival
BID continued. The Acacia Park CONCERT SERIES launched this summer with nine Saturday evenings of two 60-minute, back-to-back live concerts. A variety of local talent, encompassing folk, bluegrass, blues and more, kept the crowds captivated and coming back. Our sincere thanks to Lauren and Brett Andrus for their extensive work lining up and facilitating the performers and concerts. CHICK CRAWL, a wildly popular nationwide concept of guided shopping tours with exclusive discounts at local shops, came to Downtown Colorado Springs in April and again in July. These infectiously fun outings introduced many newcomers to the unique and varied wares offered by Downtown merchants. Appreciation goes to Chris Colean of Colorado Co-op and Susan Wolbrueck and Sara Keller for organizing the events.
Downtown BID flowerbeds
Beautification efforts in the BID included adding 24 more GIANT FLOWERPOTS planted and placed on the streets (bringing the total to 36); streetscape improvements on Cascade Avenue; and regular seasonal plantings and hanging of banners â€” as well as Concert Series their maintenance and that of sidewalks and alleys, too. Thanks to Timberline Landscaping for its inestimable assistance getting those flowerpots in place, and to the City of Colorado Springs for carrying out streetscape work. The BID also promoted Downtown as the endpoint of the USA Pro Cycling Challengeâ€™s Prologue by purchasing and installing the giant cyclist mural wrap on the west exterior of the Alamo Building. Rotation of themed street banners, window clings and print posters throughout the district, as well as a variety of broadcast and print advertising, rounded out the marketing thrust. The Downtown Gift Card continued to be a popular choice yearround, and especially around holidays. Cards are available for purchase online at www.downtown80903.com or by calling or visiting the Downtown Partnership offices.
Building mural of pro cyclist Danny Pate
Pikes Peak Arts Festival
People’s Pedal Party
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Community Ventures, Inc. (CV) ART ON THE STREETS installed its 13th annual exhibition in Downtown public spaces this year, kicking off with a reception in late June. Noted arts aficionados Kathy Loo and Jim Raughton juried the exhibit that lured entries from thirty-eight artists from across the U.S. and abroad. Art on the Streets was made possible again by presenting sponsor US Bank, along with support from Nor’wood Development, G.E. Johnson, H. Chase Stone Trust and numerous individual contributions. Eleven artists were selected to exhibit, with first place and a generous cash prize going to Bill Mueller of Sedalia, Colorado. His piece, Journey to Paradise, is located at the south entrance to Plaza of the Rockies. Local favorite Sean O’Meallie took second prize for his Tree Ring Circus, a series of 22 unique black and white installations adorning tree trunks along Tejon Street. Yet another local artist, Dan Romano, earned third prize for his lightning bolt-shaped Nikola 20, striking in the flowerbed at the northwest corner of Pikes Peak and Tejon. Walking tour maps were again produced and made available online as well as at the Downtown Partnership offices. ART ACQUISITION was furthered by many contributions to this year’s fundraising campaign. Scan the QR code here or visit downtown80903.com for a complete list of contributors to our art acquisition efforts.
Bill Mueller’s winning Journey to Paradise
This year’s art purchase was Grizz II, by Black Forest artist Richard Jagoda. Long loaned to its spot in the median on Pikes Peak Avenue at Cascade Avenue, Grizz II has been gifted to the City for its permanent collection.
Richard Jagoda’s Grizz II
MEMBERSHIP Presidents Council Nor’wood Development US Bank Executive Council Colorado College Colorado Springs Utilities Gay & Lesbian Fund of Colorado GE Johnson Construction Co. Great Western Bank Griffis/Blessing, Inc. H. Chase Stone Trust Partners Council Mortenson Construction Murphy Constructors Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. Wells Fargo Bank Sustaining Member Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs Bank of Colorado Case International Co. Centennial Reproductions Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Colarelli Construction Computer Systems Resources, Inc. El Paso Western Pipelines First Bank Holding Company First Presbyterian Church Fountain Colony LLC Freedom Financial Services Michael Collins Architecture Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, Inc. Saks Building, LLC United States Olympic Committee YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region Member AspenPointe Bain Family Foundation Bank at Broadmoor; The Bestway Disposal Better Business Bureau BKD, LLP CPAs & Advisors Broadmoor; The Bryan Construction Catholic Charities of Central Colorado Chamber of Commerce City Rock CJ Kard Colorado Springs Business Journal Colorado Springs Health Partners, PC
Colwebb, LLC Concept Restaurants CSNA Architects David Lord Ecumenical Social Ministries Ent Federal Credit Union Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak Convention & Visitor’s Bureau First Business Brokers First Christian Church First United Methodist Church Lindsay Fischer Gazette; The Griffis Group HB&A Architecture Heating & Plumbing Engineers, Inc. Hibbard Family, LLC Hogan Lovells US LLP Kaiser Permanente LSC Transportation Consultant McDivitt Law Firm, P.C. Melting Pot; The Memorial Hospital Mulliken Weiner Karsh Berg & Jolivet, P.C. N.E.S. Inc. Nevada Auto Sales, Inc. David and Julia Neville New Colorado Square, LLC Next Level Development Nosh Dick and Judy Noyes Penrose St. Francis Healthcare Systems Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP Schuck Interests, Inc. Senger Design Group Sierra Commerical Real Estate Sonterra Grill Sound Shop; The Springs Rescue Mission UMB Bank Urban Strategies USAA Vectra Bank Wahsatch Investments, Ltd. World Arena Pikes Peak Center Wynne Realty, Ltd. YOW Architects, PC Zions Management Services Associate A. Marvin Strait AA Construction Company, Inc. Adams Bank and Trust Alpern Myers Stuart LLC
American Numismatic Rasta Pasta Association Real Estate Network; The Bee Vradenburg Foundation Regina’s Unique Botique Boulder Crescent Apartments Resource Exchange; The Gary L. Bradley RTA Architects Bryan & Scott Jewelers Ltd. Sandia Buffalo Builders, Inc. S & R Construction Cameron Butcher Company Southside Johnny’s Cascade Park Apartments Sparks Willson, Borges Brandt Colorado Springs & Johnson, P.C. Fine Arts Center Sparrow Hawk Colorado Springs Gourmet Cookware Philharmonic Brenda L. Speer, LLC Colorado Springs Regional Status Symbol Auto Body Economic Development Corp. Summit Economics, LLC Brian and Tiffany Colvert Terra Verde, Inc. Cook Veterinary Hospital PLLC Thomas & Thomas, Inc Cottonwood Center for the Arts Tolin Mechanical Craddock Columbine University of Colorado Realty Co., LLC at Colorado Springs Cushman & Wakefield University of the Rockies Bruce and Pat Doyle Walston Group Real Estate, Inc. DHN Planning & Development WEM Investments DLR Group, Inc. Woodford Manufacturing Co. Early Connections Lana Yeakel Learning Centers Young Life Equity Group; The Famous; The Friends Level First Commercial Bank Michael A Cimino D.D.S First Congregational Church Columbine Capital Services, Inc Flynn, Wright & Fredman, LLC Conover Realty Great Southwest; The Cultural Office of the Hoff & Leigh Management Inc. Pikes Peak Region – COPPeR Holland and Hart, LLP First Church of Christ Hunan Springs Scientists HUB International Gain-Stovall, Inc Il Vicino Kady Hommel and Infront Webworks, Inc Dave Anderson Jack Quinn’s Irish Ale McAllister House Museum House and Pub James D. Nelson, D.D.S. Jaitly, Dr. Kailash Gary Sondermann Jennings & Jennings, Inc. Lawyers Title Louden Family Partnership Downtown Partnership Staff Mountain Chalet Mountain View Bank Ron Butlin, Executive Director NAI Highland Beth Ortiz, Commercial Group, LLC Public Space Manager OfficeScapes Denise Schall, Old North End Program Coordinator Homeowners Association Jacque Stanley, Old Town Bike Shop Business Manager Olive Branch Restaurant Osborne Parsons & Rosacker, LLP Pikes Peak Arts Council Pikes Peak Library District Pikes Peak Regional Development Corp. Pioneers Museum Foundation Poor Richard’s Restaurant
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