Colorado Springs wins $120.5 million Regional Tourism Act jackpot

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A rendering of the museum.
Colorado Springs not only won the Regional Tourism Act jackpot this week, but it won more money than the state was recommending. Whereas the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade suggested giving the city about $53 million in tax rebates over thirty years, the state Economic Development Commission approved $120.5 million -- which should help lessen the long-term cost of the city's plan to build an Olympic museum, a sports arena, a sports medicine clinic and a new U.S. Air Force Academy visitors center.

Colorado Springs was the only applicant for RTA tax incentives this year. Last year, six municipalities applied for the rebates, but only two -- Aurora and Pueblo -- were chosen. Aurora's project, the controversial 1,500-room Gaylord hotel, was awarded the most: $81.4 million over thirty years -- less than the state granted Colorado Springs. But almost immediately, the hotel project began experiencing problems. The city of Aurora is now suing a group of eleven hotels who had earlier sued to stop the Gaylord hotel from being developed.

Last year's RTA losers included the city of Glendale, which is moving forward anyway with its plan to develop a $400 million riverwalk along the banks of Cherry Creek.

Will the Colorado Springs project -- dubbed City for Champions -- fare better than Aurora's? Read the state's recommendations below and decide for yourself.

Colorado Springs RTA Summary

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Nathan Dant
Nathan Dant

Christian fundamentalists and meth heads are all that live in that shit hole. What a waste of money.

Marcusgiavanni
Marcusgiavanni

That's one thing I love about Colorado...they are not afraid to tell some one to F-off!!! 


Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Colorado Springs- The place where you go on vacation and leave on probation. Don't go there....

Gregg Looker
Gregg Looker

I was going to say they should turn on their streetlights and water their parks, but somebody beat me to it.

Andrés Montoya
Andrés Montoya

Build a nice 5 or 6 lane highway around or over their city!?!?!?

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

who the fuck cares about that conservative shit-hole to the south. they should spend the 120 million to move that fucking city to kansas or oklahoma where it belongs.

Colin Clark
Colin Clark

The Springs, is SO smart! Don't add better transportation, fix up downtown, or send some of the money into the education system. Spend it frivolously!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

What a sweet response LeFarce.   Liberal tolerance is beautiful to behold. 

Who wants to start a campaign to eradicate all liberals?  

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