Looking to get the latest on the local economy?
More than 500 business and community leaders are expected to attend the Southern Colorado Economic Forum at 7 a.m. Thursday in the Antlers Hilton hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave.
The event will feature a forecast for the Colorado Springs area economy for next year by Fred Crowley, the forum's senior economist, and Tom Zwirlein, the forum's faculty director and a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs finance professor. Keynote speaker Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist for Wells Capital Management, will discuss the U.S. economy and a business symposium is planned on "Working Together to Resolve Regional Issues" with a panel of local business and political leaders.
Cost of the event is $75 and includes breakfast and a 36-page booklet with the forecast and information on local economic indicators. For more information, visit www.southerncoloradoeconomicforum.com.
Here's what else is coming up this week:
- Colorado Springs City Council will hear from the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force at its work session at 1 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The task force will present some funding options for the region's stormwater project needs.
The council will consider a approving a joint resolution with El Paso County in support of a regional stormwater program at its regular meeting at 1 p.m. Sept. 24.
-Inside/Out Youth Services will have an open house 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the non-profit group's new location, 1409 Potter Drive, Suite 210. The mission of the organization is to educate, empower and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth between the ages of 13-22. There are discussion groups, counseling and a food and clothing pantry on site. For information visit insideoutys.org.
- Colorado Springs City Council President Keith King will host a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St. Topics for discussion include the 2014 budget, homeless and Bancroft Park, stormwater and others that citizens want to discuss.
- Mayor Steve Bach will host a town hall meeting 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Cordera Community Center, 11894 Grand Lawn Circle. The community center is one mile east of Powers off Briargate Parkway. Bach's town hall meetings have been focused on the 2014 city budget.
- Academy School District 20 will host a discussion about equity and civility, "Caring for a Community of Learners: Understanding Biases," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the administration center, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive.
Regina Lewis, adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will speak and facilitate the session on how individual and social biases affect educational and social environments. Free and open to the public.
- The Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. in downtown. Among agenda items: Discussion of a southwest downtown redevelopment project by developer Chuck Murphy.
- The El Paso County commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Centennial Hall in downtown Colorado Springs. Agenda items include a proclamation recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Navigators' purchase of Glen Eyrie Castle.
- People affected by the Black Forest fire can seek the advice of fire victims from the Mountain Shadows neighborhood at the Black Forest Fire Mentoring Connections meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at The Pinery, 12375, Black Forest Road. The group offers the chance for people affected by the Black Forest fire to sit down with people who lost houses in the Waldo Canyon fire to discuss a wide range of issues, including how to file insurance claims and how to deal with the grief of losing a home.
- A Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the El Paso County Charles "Chuck" Brown Transportation and Environmental Complex, 3275 Akers Drive. Topics include construction updates and financial assistance programs. It's meant to offer residents information for recovering from the blaze, which killed two people, destroyed 488 homes and torched 14,280 acres in northern EL Paso County.
- Fort Carson's Evans Army Community Hospital will hold a community blood drive 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, dial 1-800-365-0006 and choose option two or visit www.bonfils.org.