U-Haul Company of Colorado is pleased to announce that Northside U-Stor-It has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Colorado Springs community.
Northside U-Stor-It at 3816 N. Nevada Ave. will offer U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pick-up for boxes.
Hours of operation for U-Haul rentals are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every day.
Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling (719) 599-5502 or visiting https://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Colorado-Springs-CO-80907/048597/ today.
Northside U-Stor-It owner Kelly Seeger is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of El Paso County.
U-Haul and Northside U-Stor-It are striving to benefit the environment through sustainability initiatives. Truck sharing is a core U-Haul sustainability business practice that allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks that is larger than what they could access on an individual basis.
Every U-Haul truck placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air.
The Security Lions club began their annual Christmas Tree sale fundraising effort this weekend.
They're set up on Fontaine Blvd right in front of the Big R.
They'll be out there from 3pm to 8pm Monday through Friday and from 9am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday until all the trees are sold.
Proceeds will go to fund purchasing back to school clothes for area kids in need.
Stop by Easy Street Designs on the way (at 109 Kiva Rd) and pick up a $5 off coupon.
Second Chance, used furniture store is now open on South Santa Fe Ave in Fountain, Colorado, just off Exit 128.
Second Chance offers great deals on quality used and refinished furniture, accessories and household items.
They're open from 11am to 7pm Tuesday through Friday, 11-6 Saturday, 11-3 Sunday and closed Monday.
You can find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/secondchancecolorado2016.com, give them a call at 719-322-9689 or stop and see them at 600 S. Santa Fe Ave in Fountain, across the street from the 7-11 at Exit 128.
All Star Pizza is now open at 222 Dale Street in Fountain, Colorado.
All Star offers sit down or delivery service for their hand tossed, fresh baked pizza’s. They’re also very reasonable priced, with even better deals if you stop in and get their latest coupons.
You’ll find All Star Pizza just off Hwy 85/87 (N. Santa Fe Ave) in Fountain, where the Pizza Factory used to be. Check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AllStarPizzeria13 or just give them a call at 719-434-1978.
Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak region welcome record number of visitors and outpace national growth average
Press Release (VisitCOS.com)
Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region had a record-setting year for tourism in 2015. According to an annual visitor profile study from Longwoods International, a total of 20.5 million people visited the region, with 43% taking overnight trips and 57% taking day trips. Total visitor spending in the region totaled $1.976 billion dollars, or $62 per second. For Colorado Springs alone, overnight trips increased 7% in 2015 compared to the previous year and day trips increased 18%.
Longwoods International has been a leader in tourism research since 1985, when they conducted the largest ever study of American travel behavior. The Longwoods study was purchased by the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the official travel marketing arm of the City of Colorado Springs. The organization markets the Pikes Peak region to leisure travelers, meeting and event planners and tour operators.
“These upwards trends are consistent with state trends that also show strong upticks in travel. Colorado had a record year in 2015, and we’ve certainly seen a substantial slice of this,” said Doug Price, CVB President & CEO.
Other takeaways from the Longwoods International Colorado Springs Annual Visitor Profile Study include:
· Overnight travel to Colorado Springs has risen 25% since 2011, compared to a national growth rate of 11%.
· Overnight trip spending to Colorado Springs is up 3% from 2014.
· “Visiting friends and relatives” was the most frequent purpose for an overnight trip to Colorado Springs.
· For overnight trips, the top state markets for Colorado Springs visitors were Colorado, California, Texas, New York, Illinois, Florida, New Mexico and Kansas.
· 21% of overnight trips originated in Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, reinforcing the benefits of marketing close to home.
· The average length of a trip to Colorado Springs is five nights compared to the average U.S. trip of four nights.
· The average size of the travel party to Colorado Springs is three people, similar to the national average of 2.9 people.
· Though it may seem visitation is highest in the summer months, the region is a year-round destination. July – September is the most popular time to visit (32%), followed by April – June (26%), October – December (22%) and January – March (20%).
· Over half of overnight visitors indicated they had visited Colorado Springs at least once before, and the vast majority of these people had done so in the past year.
· Almost three-quarters of overnight visitors used a smart phone for travel/activity planning purposes during their trip.
· The most popular activities include: shopping, visiting a state park, visiting a landmark/historic site, hiking, fine dining and visiting museums.
According to Amy Long, the CVB’s Chief Innovation Officer, “We will continue to invest in research to learn how visitors are getting inspired, planning and executing their trip to the region. The data is critical to making decisions on when, how and where we market Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. We tout the region as a destination that provides great value and unique experiences for families, outdoor enthusiasts and arts and culture travelers.”
Longwoods travel data for 2016 will be available in June of 2017. The CVB anticipates another report showing upward trends in visitation and spending. Through August of 2016, the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax collected by the City is up 15.32%.
“A strong economy and better airport service, combined with effective marketing campaigns and group sales efforts, have resulted in substantial growth in visitation,” said Price. “In its simplest form, people come to the region, spend their money and then return home. Their spending creates jobs and saves each family of four about $350 dollars in taxes that would otherwise have to be paid by residents to maintain infrastructure repairs and city services. We’re getting substantial results from our limited budget, but can’t help imagine the incremental impact we would have if our budget were increased to its optimal level as determined by the 2014 study by Tourism Economics.”
Tourism funding in the Pikes Peak region continues to be a sound investment providing high returns. It is the third largest employer, accounting for more than 17,000 jobs. With record visitation, the importance of tourism master planning is an integral part of continued success for the destination. As suggested by a Destination Next survey conducted earlier this year, it is necessary that the region address two important issues: the concept of a shared economy and the sustainable, balanced enjoyment of the region’s natural and man-made assets.
The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the leading marketing organization for group and leisure travel and tourism to the Colorado Springs region. The organization is dedicated to a strong national and international presence so that tourism is a primary contributor to a thriving local economy. The CVB mission is to bring more visitors to Colorado Springs at Pikes
Colorado Springs ranked as the No. 4 best midsize city in America for college graduates
Colorado Springs is ranked as the No. 4 best midsize city in America for college graduates by OnlineDegrees.com Here’s the full ranking for reference: http://www.onlinedegrees.com
“Colorado Springs is seeing a rapid rise in economic development which we want to continue to foster and promote. We are becoming a highly desirable city in America due to our outstanding system of parks and trails, robust arts community, improving economy and infrastructure,” said Mayor John Suthers.
The 69 U.S. cities were ranked with a population between 150,000 and 750,000, or those designated as the principal city of a Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population between 1 million and 1.5 million, according to 2015 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Top 15 cities were chosen based on a combination of demographic, employment and "fun" factors that would be highly relevant to people fresh out of college and entering the professional world, including:
• The city’s median monthly rent
• The percentage of the local population, ages 20-34
• The number of performing arts, spectator sports, museums and historical sites in the region
• The state-level job growth projection
Ranked 7th Best City for Veterans by WalletHub
Citing its nation-leading population of veterans, low unemployment ranking and relatively high veteran income levels among the nation’s 100 most populous cities, WalletHub has ranked Colorado Springs the 7th-best city for veterans.
Colorado Springs led the rankings in terms of its economy for veterans, with the study citing housing affordability, veteran income and income growth, percentage of veterans in poverty, educational opportunities and homelessness as key factors.
“Colorado Springs is impacted daily by the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. I am proud to report that 21% of our City staff are veterans, and that the talent and intelligence pool created by our veteran population has positively impacted our city’s economy in a number of areas. It is heartening to see this city continue to be recognized for supporting and welcoming this vital section of our population, and as we pause to recognize them on Friday, I hope we are all reminded of the contributions and sacrifices that our veterans and their families have made for our nation.”
The ranking adds to Colorado Springs’ growing list of recognitions, including U.S. News & World Report’s ranking as the 5th-best place to live in America last spring, and a recent inclusion among the list of America’s Great Defense Communities.