In the aftermath of the Waldo Canyon wildfire, the Pikes Peak Region Business Recovery Team was formed as a coalition of business groups and agencies seeking to bring together information and resources to spread the word that the Springs area is open for business. SCBP President Randy Scott worked closely with other partner agencies - including the Convention and Visitors Bureau - to help with a Welcome Back marketing campaign.
After 10 years with the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, current SCBP President Dave Csintyan founded The Csintyan Group, assembling a management team that includes Randy Scott, who helped found the Front Range Executive Service Corps and is president of the Southern Colorado Business Partnership.
The Southern Colorado Better Business Bureau and the Old Colorado City Associates joined the SCBP, along with affiliate member Action 22. Former SCBP President-Elect Dave Van Ness now serves as the OCCA's Executive Director.
The first Engaging Youth Boot Camp will launch at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs on October 15, followed by similar programs in five added Southern Colorado markets. Funded by the Colorado Workforce Development Council and the Workforce Investment Act, the innovative approach emphasizes “soft skills” and on-the-job training for young job seekers.
SCBP Executive Director Randy Scott was instrumental in securing a recent grant from the Colorado Workforce Development Center, and has been selected to coordinate the "Engaging Youth" effort as the primary facilitator for the three groups that will partner on the project.
The Trinidad & Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce is the latest new member to join the Southern Colorado Business Partnership, which has grown to include over a dozen regional and demographic business organizations in and around the front range.
The Southern Colorado Business Partnership named new officers to its Board of Directors, with one-year terms beginning January 1, 2011.
James M. Stewart, CEO of the Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce, was recently tapped to serve on Governor-elect Hickenlooper's transition team, as co-chair of the “Economic Development and International Trade” committee.
In late September, SCBP principals joined 70 area leaders in a legislative trip to the nation's capitol. Organized by the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the group was put through their paces by Chamber CEO Dave Csintyan and President of the Governmental Affairs and Public Policy Division, Stephannie Finley.
In a move aimed at helping to educate voters about the unintended outcomes of Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, the SCBP voted to formally oppose the measures at its monthly board meeting.