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Cottage food ordinance passes at Colorado Springs City Council

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The Cottage Food Ordinance passed on a 7 - 1 vote with Council Member Helen Collins opposed at the October 14 Colorado Springs City Council meeting. The ordinance was the first recommendation brought to Council by the Food Policy Advisory Board.
The Food Policy Advisory Board was established by ordinance in early 2015 to address and promote local food production and a more resilient community. The Board provided Council with a recommendation to adopt legislation allowing residents to erect food stands on a daily basis, during the growing season, to sell their locally produced food and cottage food (non-perishable items like pickles, tea, honey, and soaps) Stands may be erected from April – November of each year, from dawn to dusk.
Residents must receive a Home Occupancy Permit from the City Planning Department to begin selling their cottage foods. Residents interested in obtaining their permit can contact Program/Revocable Permit Coordinator Sue Matz at (719) 385-5355 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Permits are a one-time fee of $60. Residents can always give away their cottage foods.
“This ordinance supports local food entrepreneurs who want to start food-related businesses. These businesses will create jobs and support our local economy,” said District 5 Council Member Jill Gaebler. “The ordinance also supports neighborhoods and builds community, since most cottage food sales occur between neighbors.”

Residents must also take a food safety course through El Paso County Health Department.

National Cybersecurity Center names Ed Rios Chief Executive Officer

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Press Release

Bob Hurst, Chairman of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) announced today that Ed Rios has been named the first Chief Executive Officer of the organization, effective October 15, 2016. Following an extensive search process partnering with Heidrick & Struggles, Rios was unanimously selected by the NCC’s board of directors.

 "I am both honored and excited to be selected as the first CEO of the NCC,” said Rios. “This center has immense potential to become a national thought-leader and economic driver for Colorado Springs, the state of Colorado, and across the country. It’s a privilege to continue to great work started by Ed Anderson and the board and I am ready to get to work to bring the NCC to its full potential.”
Ed Rios will be formally introduced at an October 20 event. The event will provide an update on the progress of the center and peek into Rios’ vision for the organization.
Rios takes the helm from Interim Executive Director retired Army Lt. Gen Ed Anderson, who has led NCC since March. Anderson has led all aspects of the developing organization through numerous meetings, listening sessions, and outreach while simultaneously standing up the operational elements of the NCC.
“Ed Rios will be the perfect CEO to drive the NCC into the national spotlight,” said Anderson. “He brings years of cyber expertise and the start-up experience needed to establish the NCC as a national leader.”
Rios joins the NCC from his role as President and CEO of CyberSpace Operations Consulting (CSOC), a company he founded in 2006 which focuses on cyber, drone technology, and satellite communications. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel with 26 years of active duty experience in Special Technical Operations, space operations, and intelligence operations among many roles.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ed Rios as CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center,” said Mayor John Suthers, an NCC board member. “Ed has been leader in the Colorado Springs community for years, and I know he will take the NCC to the next level and continue to develop our city’s reputation as a national leader in cybersecurity.”
Rios has served as the Vice Chairman of the Cyber Institute within the NCC, working alongside Cyber Institute Chairman Kyle Hybl to prepare for the inaugural NCC event scheduled for November 13-15, 2016 at the Broadmoor Hotel. The event features an opening dinner featuring Governor Hickenlooper to debut the NCC on November 13.
The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. NCC provides collaborative cybersecurity response services with comprehensive knowledge and capabilities through training, education, and research For more information about National Cybersecurity Center, call (719) 255-5225 or visit

Money Magazine names Colorado Springs among six “Best Big Cities”

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Money Magazine has named Colorado Springs one of its six “Best Big Cities,” the national publication announced. Colorado Springs finds itself ranked in the top echelon of the nation based on its “hundreds of miles of stunning hiking and biking trails … high speed economy, with employment increasing at the fastest clip since 2000,” and its identity as “Home to the flagship U.S. Olympic Training Center,” according to the article.

Specifically, Colorado Springs earns the honor as “best in the mountains.” Also on the list are Boston in the Northeast; Arlington, Tex. in the South; Columbus, Ohio in the Midwest; Raleigh, N.C. in the Southeast; and Portland, Ore. In the Northwest.  

“It’s flattering to see national publications taking note of what our citizens already know; that Colorado Springs is an incredibly desirable place to live,” said Mayor John Suthers. “We know our identity as Olympic City USA, our healthy economy, our beautiful natural scenery and the growth we are experiencing economically are all positive signs for the future of our city. It’s great to see that the nation is becoming aware.”

The full story can be found on Money’s website here: 

Mountain Metropolitan Transit wins Transit Agency of the Year

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Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) was honored to receive the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA) Large Community Transit Agency of the Year award. The award is given to recognize best practices implemented by a transit agency serving a community of more than 15,000 people. Thirteen CASTA member agencies fall into this category. Award winners are determined by a CASTA committee comprised of managers and employees of transit agencies from around the state.

“Six years ago Colorado Springs had a bare bones transit system. We had no bus service during evenings and weekends and three-fourths of our weekday routes ran on 60 minute frequencies.  We operated 255 days of the year. Today, our transit service is at a new level.  We now operate 362 days of the year and the revenue service hours of our local fixed-route bus system have increased by 59% since 2010,” commented Craig Blewitt, transit services division manager.

Mr. Blewitt accepted the award on behalf of the City of Colorado Springs. In 2016, Mountain Metro increased bus service frequency to 15­ minutes on a major north/south corridor connecting Downtown to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus and two urban renewal areas.  MMT added four routes on evenings or weekends and re­configured two long, circuitous “coverage” bus routes into four shorter, direct, functional routes – providing quicker travel times and improved on ­time performance.  The four reconfigured routes enjoy a combined average of 91.9% on ­time performance, up from the previous average of 81.5%.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses use clean diesel technology and are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).

CASTA is the statewide trade association representing the 60 transit systems throughout the state, as well as local governments, planning organizations, and the bus industry. CASTA had many excellent nominations this year in eight different categories.  The nominations exemplified the transit profession in Colorado.

Now Open, The Buzzed Badger, Colorado Springs

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The Buzzed Badger coffee shop is open for business at 2047 B Street, Ste A.

The veteran owned shop offers a wide variety of coffees and cream drinks as well as healthy, tasty snacks in a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.

You’ll find the Buzzed Badger next door to Fat Boys Pizza, around the corner from the Army Store on B Street. You can reach them at 719-466-7380, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit them on the web at Connect with them on Facebook at

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Powers Professional Campus II to be Managed by Griffis/Blessing

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Griffis/Blessing, Inc is pleased to announce its selection by HF Holdings Colorado, LLC to provide property management services for Powers Professional Campus II located at 6160 Tutt Boulevard in Colorado Springs, CO. The 34,900 square foot, 2-story, Class A, medical office building, is home to Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates, P.C., Haven Behavioral Outpatient Services of Colorado, Advanced Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center, and Front Range Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The Commercial Property Services Group team of Rita Dugan, Portfolio Manager, Elizabeth Miller, Portfolio Assistant, Tiffany Koschwitz, Property Accountant, and Jim Leach, Maintenance Technician will handle the day-to-day operations.

“Our selection for this assignment is due largely in part to our knowledge of medical office building management. We now have over 824,000 square feet in the portfolio,” says Senior Vice President Richard K. Davidson, CPM®. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to continue to show our success and expertise in management which has led to our continued recognition by California owners and investors.”

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver, Griffis/Blessing, Inc., currently manages over 4 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 8,000 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit

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