Mike Jorgensen is part of an industry that’s seen gradual improvement in recent years. Now, he’s helping to lead an organization that hopes to see the same results when it comes to the economy and jobs.
Jorgensen, president and partner of Red Noland Cadillac in the Springs, has been named 2013 board chairman of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. The Business Alliance, the area’s primary jobs-generating organization, was formed by the merger of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp.
Jorgensen takes over from attorney and developer Doug Quimby, who headed the board after last year’s merger.
Jorgensen previously served on the chamber and EDC boards. He’s currently president of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and is a member of the boards of the Pikes Peak Range Riders and Colorado Springs Conservatory.
He joined Red Noland Cadillac in 1992; before that, he was a certified public accountant for 11 years.
A big part of the Business Alliance’s success will rely on engaging business people and community leaders in discussions on growing the economy, creating jobs and fostering an environment in which small and large businesses locate in the Springs, Jorgensen said.
"My No. 1 thing for economic development is, I need more people buying cars more often,” he said. “That is just economic growth. If you multiply that across the sectors, if you’re selling widgets, if you’re selling bicycles and you’re selling groceries, I think we all want the same thing, and that is people with jobs, and people with money that can buy the products that we got to sell.”
Newly elected members of the board include Jerry Forte, CEO of Colorado Springs Utilities; Amanda Mountain, executive director of the Tim Gill Center for Public Media at Rocky Mountain PBS; and Leslie Thomas, president and principal of Thomas & Thomas Planning, Urban Design & Landscape Architecture Inc. Tom Neppl, president and CEO of Springs Fabrication Inc., was elected to serve a second term on the board.
The 2013 board also will include Chris Blees of accounting firm BiggsKofford; Dan Malinaric of chipmaker Atmel Corp; Frank Caris of high-tech manufacturer dpiX; Debbie Chandler of Colorado Springs Health Partners; Toby Gannett, formerly of the Palisades at Broadmoor Park; Steve Helbing of Wells Fargo Bank; Chris Jenkins of real estate firm Nor'wood Development Group; Kevin O'Neil of The O'Neil Group, an investment firm; Venkat Reddy of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs’ College of Business; and retired Air Force Gen. "Gene" Renuart, Jr.
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