Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach on Friday announced 16 community leaders who will serve on the Regional Tourism Act Advisory Board, which will oversee development of the City of Champions.
Appointments include three ex-officio members, nine community members and four representatives for each of the four projects in the City for Champions tourism initiative.
RTA Advisory Board Members
Co-chairs: Mayor Bach (City Chief of Staff Steve Cox, alternate); City Council President Keith King (City Council President Pro Tem Merv Bennett, alternate); El Paso County Commission Chairman Dennis Hisey (El Paso County Commission Vice Chair Amy Lathen, alternate)
Partner Project Representatives
Dick Celeste, United States Olympic Museum; Col. Evan Miller, United States Air Force Academy Visitors Center; Pam Shockley-Zalabak, UCCS Sports Medicine and Performance Center; Luke Travins, Colorado Sports and Event Center
Susan Edmondson, Downtown Partnership; Julian Flores, young professional/entrepreneur; Retired Air Force Lt. General Mike Gould, El Pomar Foundation; Becky Medved, community leader; Doug Price, Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau; Doug Quimby, attorney/real estate developer; Dan Stuart, attorney and community leader; Marvin Strait, certified public accountant and community leader; Lynn Telford, CEO of Care and Share food bank.
Bob Cope, City of Colorado Springs Economic Vitality/City for Champions Project Manager; Jeff Greene, El Paso County Administrator; David Neville, Urban Renewal Authority Chairman
All RTA Advisory Board members were suggested to Bach by a nominating committee.
"These are all exceptional people who can help us in so many different ways," said Bach, who expects the board will help with economic analysis and public meetings. "It's the next step in trying to broaden the community circle."
King also applauded the appointments but said he wished the city council and county commission could have chosen their own members.
"The resolution process has been too tightly controlled," he said.
The board will be responsible for ensuring the project meets Colorado Economic Development Commission deadlines and other requirements laid out in the resolution.