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Wednesday afternoon, Visit Colorado Springs held its annual business meeting at Doolittle Hall on the grounds of the United States Air Force Academy. VCOS unveiled its 2018 Annual Report citing a 7.5 percent increase in Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax collections, and a 2.45 percent increase in hotel occupancy over 2017. The day’s “excellence on the horizon” theme highlighted tourism, athletic and education initiatives for 2019 and beyond.

Speakers included new Air Force Academy Director of Athletics, Nathan Pine, Miles Partnership Travel Media Sales and Marketing Executive, Pat Attkisson, and VCOS President and CEO, Doug Price. Price noted the importance of mapping a responsible and sustainable tourism future with VCOS’ Destination Master Plan initiatives and a Leave No Trace partnership. Price also announced a new venture with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College to develop future industry leaders with a hospitality curriculum at each campus.

“As we see tourism’s trajectory grow, we also see a large industry need to identify and groom local tourism talent. We’re developing a multi-year program through two of our colleges to identify future leaders to feed the talent pipeline for the Pikes Peak region’s third largest industry, benefitting our entire community,” said Price.

Attkisson echoed the benefits of tourism, specifically through regional and Colorado Tourism Office marketing efforts citing Colorado.com as the most-visited tourism destination website in the country. Colorado’s state visitation numbers reflect excellence in another record-breaking year that contributed $20.9 billion to Colorado’s economy.

Pine reiterated the Air Force Academy’s mission to develop leaders of excellence and character, and how the mission is supported by his Division I sports programs. “Athletics are an important pillar of the leadership process. These values serve our young men and women well,” said Pine. The Air Force Academy is currently ranked 49th amongst the country’s Division I schools.

Sponsors Gray Line Tours, Ent Business Banking, RHW Hotels, Hotel Eleganté, Air Force Athletics, Association of Graduates, Miles Partnership and DocuMart all helped make the event possible.

The 2018 VCOS Annual Report can be downloaded here.

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by Ed Duffy

All County property management of Colorado Springs is an independent franchise owned by Scott and Tami Glascock. Both are retired NCO's who, like many of us, believe Colorado Springs is a "great place to live and a great place to invest."

As veterans themselves, they've been landlords, tenants and soldiers and want to help the men and women serving at all of our area military bases, retirees and civilians alike, make the most of the opportunities for owning, renting or investing here.

All County Colorado Springs serves the front range from Monument to Pueblo. They currently have between 400 and 500 residences under management from single family homes to 30 unit apartment complexes. They primarily serve the residential market, but do have some commercial and mixed use properties as well.

For a 10% management fee, All County provides full service property management, including marketing, screening, rent collection, property inspections, tenant services and arranging for repairs when needed. They have 3 licensed property managers as well as accountants, maintenance coordinators and "runners" to ensure both owners and tenants are well served.

For the renter, the website makes it easy to pay rent, request maintenance, get information and forms and even links to financial assistance and other resources.

Whether you're an owner or a renter, "We offer the best in communication, transparency and simplicity." says marketing manager Damaris McCowan, who's been with the company since she relocated to Colorado Springs 5 years ago. "We're always on call, 24 hours. Our fees are clearly defined with no surprise upcharges and we strive to keep the experience stress free for all parties."

All County marketing manager, Damarias McCowan


All County Colorado Springs is located at 503 Edison Avenue, 80915. You can reach them at (719) 445-7172, visit them on the web at https://allcountycs.com and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/allcountycs

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Press Release (BlakelyCompany.com)

Code Wizards, a new business in Colorado Springs that teaches coding and programming to children, is opening in late-May and is taking enrollments for Summer Camps that begin June 3rd. Code Wizards is also offering The Academy, with ongoing, year-round programs.

“We’ve been seeing a need for computer science education for awhile now,” said Chris Rigdon, owner of Code Wizards, along with his wife Misty. “So we created a vibrant place where kids can learn these valuable skills while having fun and making new friends.” 

Before starting the classes, children can go online and get sorted into one of three Code Wizards Houses — Caragore, Dragonfang or Fishorne. They will work on projects and collaborate with other members of their house, plus they will learn at their own pace and advance through 10 stages, from Novice to Code Wizard.

Summer Camps begin in early-June and are for one week each, running throughout the summer. Camp topics include Minecraft, Intro to Robotics, Circuits and Drone Camp, where each student will get their own drone to keep after the camp is finished.

“We want to provide families with a dynamic learning environment where students develop life-changing skills,” added Misty Rigdon. “We think coding and programming are important, no matter what career someone wants — teaching, nursing, science, law enforcement, building — because knowing how to use technology gives someone a real advantage.”start
 
Code Wizards will open in late-May and is located at 11681 Voyager Parkway, Ste. 120, in Colorado Springs. For more information, you can visit their website at www.CodeWizardsAcademy.com, or call 719-418-2811.

 

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By Ed Duffy

Katie Widau, owner of Widau Insurance, an independent insurance agency in Security-Widefield, Colorado, would like you to know they've relocated, but just across the street.



The new office is at 45 Widefield Blvd, in the Fountain Valley Shoppette alongside Back to Eden and Centerpointe Family Medicine.

Katie has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry and as an independent agent is able to offer a wide array of insurance products from a variety of companies, including Liberty Mutual, Safeco, Nationwide, Progressive, Travelers, the Hartford and more. It is her interest in finding solutions for the customer first that lead to her decision to go independent rather than being a "captive agent" (one that represents only one company's products).

Widau Insurance Agency offers Auto, home, RV, rental/landlord and commercial/business insurance products. Learn more at https://widauinsuranceagency.com/. You can follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/widauinsurance. Office hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. You can reach Widau at 719-896-4447.