The Colorado Sun: Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, one of the state’s top Republicans, on what’s ahead for the GOP, or his city and his future

John Suthers is ruling out a future bid for Colorado governor and he won’t say how close to becoming a part of the Trump administration he came. But he will say that he thinks Colorado Springs is on solid ground — and that he’s glad to be its mayor.

When John Suthers termed out of statewide office in 2015, after the longest run as Colorado attorney general in state history, the powerful Republican did not slide into retirement.

Within six months, he was elected mayor of the second-largest city in the state and quietly began working to jumpstart Colorado Springs’ listless recovery from the Great Recession.

Now, after the sweeping losses for his party in the November elections, Suthers finds himself with an outsized voice in the Colorado GOP and sees a need for change — a change in GOP candidates with messages to match the shifting demographics of the state.

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The Colorado Sun: Restaurants, job training and low(er) home prices: A dive into why Colorado Springs’ economy is booming

The city leads the state for employment growth in 2018 and 2019, thanks to diversity in business, age, health care, cybersecurity.

About five years ago, the CEO of automotive tech firm Altia considered moving the company’s headquarters out of Colorado Springs, where he co-founded the company in 1991.

Engineering talent — more plentiful in places such as Silicon Valley and, increasingly, Denver — was hard to find in Colorado Springs, recalled CEO Mike Juran, a former software developer at Hewlett-Packard.

Then something changed.

A new mayor and a reinvigorated economic-development effort had something to do with it. The city started growing. But what was happening outside city limits also affected his decision.

“Denver started getting a bit overcrowded and expensive, (so) we felt we’d be losing if we moved,” said Juran, who previously kept his head down to focus on business but now finds himself so upbeat about Colorado Springs, he agreed to join the local chamber’s economic-development board at Mayor John Suthers’ request. “Right now, I’ve become active because I’m trying to build a town that our employees want to stay in and one that my kids want to move back to. They’re in college right now, so I have an ulterior motive.”

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The Gazette: Colorado Springs could soon be No. 1 housing market in U.S., according to report

Colorado Springs’ housing market has ranked as one of the country’s hottest during much of 2018 because of strong demand and rising prices, according to national publications and real estate groups.

Next year, it could be No. 1 in the nation.

In its annual report that looks at housing markets to watch, online real estate service Trulia ranks Colorado Springs as the No. 1 market poised for growth in 2019. That ranking indicates sales and prices could remain on the upswing in the Springs next year.

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Time Magazine: The 10 Best Big Cities to Live in Right Now

You don’t have to empty your savings account to afford city living in America—at least not in these locations.

Urban areas offer a gateway to culture or a medley of activities, but they typically come with a high price tag. That’s why MONEY crunched the numbers to find big cities—those with a population of 300,000 or more—with the best of all worlds: attractions, iconic neighborhoods, a relatively low cost of living, and promising job growth.

Here are our top 10 picks for best big cities to live in. (See MONEY’s full 2018 ranking of the Best Places to Live in America.)

 

7. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Skiers ride the lift at Eldora Mountain Resort near Colorado Springs.
Skiers ride the lift at Eldora Mountain Resort near Colorado Springs.
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  • Average Family Income: $75,795
  • Median Home Price: $285,000
  • Projected Job Growth (2017-2022): 7.1%

About 70 miles south of Denver, Colorado Springs was recently ranked one of the country’s best tech hubs by the Computing Technology Industry Association. The city will see projected job growth of 7% by 2022, and the cost of living is relatively low among big U.S. cities, according to PayScale.

Skiers enjoy the region’s proximity to major ski getaways like Aspen and Vail, as well as the area’s surrounding resorts, including Eldora Mountain Resort, which offers 680 acres of terrain and 300 inches of snowfall a year.

Here’s a summit for the courageous: the 2,000-foot-high, one-mile hike up the Manitou Incline. Climb all 2,744 steps, and you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of the city below. Nonathletic types are welcomed too. The annual Labor Day Lift Off features hot-air balloons and a festival with live music, skydiving demonstrations, and a doughnut-eating contest.

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Colorado Springs’ job growth best in nearly 20 years

Payroll growth in the Colorado Springs area surged to a nearly 19-year high in September as employers added nearly 14,000 jobs from a year earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.

The area’s near-record job growth of 4.8 percent was the highest percentage gain in a 12-month period since December 1999 and came as the unemployment rate edged lower to 4 percent from 4.1 percent in August. The payroll and unemployment rate come from two different surveys — payroll numbers are generated from a survey of employers while the unemployment rate is compiled from a survey of households.

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Colorado Springs Business Journal: Colorado Springs ranks No. 3 among best cities for veterans

Colorado Springs has dropped a ranking in WalletHub’s latest study of best places for military veterans to live.

The Olympic City is now ranked third-best for vets among the 100 largest cities in the U.S., according to the finance website’s 2018’s Best & Worst Places for Veterans to Live study.

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The Gazette: Colorado Springs ranks among top 20 technology sites, according to study

Colorado Springs is one of the top 20 U.S. cities offering the best combination of quality of life and job prospects for technology workers, says a study released Tuesday by the Computing Technology Industry Association.

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