The City of Colorado Springs is taking strides to ensure that more children can reap the benefits of participating in youth sports. It is also becoming a hub for high-quality employers from emerging industries, and is providing up-to-date information on the underground fire that affected local residents and businesses. Colorado Springs is a city that is growing in many ways, and its mission and vision are focused on serving the residents of the city. John Dunn, who moved to Colorado Springs from Virginia in 2004, has made it his hobby and vocation to explore the myths and realities of Colorado Springs politics.
KRCC News sent surveys to candidates running for the three “majority” seats on the Colorado Springs City Council, inquiring about some of the most critical issues facing city leaders. In 1992, Colorado Springs made national headlines when local religious leaders led a statewide bill to ban gays from being a protected class, which was approved by voters but overturned by the U. S. Supreme Court.
The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum organizes exhibitions, conferences and events that highlight women during the month of March (and every day). Dunn's book also looks at the constants throughout the political history of Colorado Springs, including what he calls a “republicanism of the old Rocky Mountain West”, an attitude of “don't tax me and leave me alone”. Today, resources and programs that support LGBTQ+ communities are at the center of Colorado Springs' vibrant culture. The Colorado Springs Fire Department Deputy Chief recently discussed the new community medical response units that will take fewer emergency calls to provide patients with appropriate care.
Additionally, Colorado Springs has a high concentration of national and international nonprofit Christian organizations. Cook, based in Colorado Springs since 1995, had to rely on small business loans to stay afloat during the pandemic. Those who lived in Colorado Springs 10 years ago probably remember where they were during the Waldo Canyon Fire. Grassroots organizations have been instrumental in shaping politics in Colorado Springs for decades.
From religious leaders leading a statewide bill to ban gays from being a protected class to resources and programs that support LGBTQ+ communities today, grassroots organizations have been at the forefront of political change in this city. The Pioneers Museum has been organizing exhibitions, conferences and events that highlight women since 1992. The Fire Department has implemented community medical response units to provide patients with appropriate care. Small business owners have relied on loans to stay solvent during difficult times. All these initiatives have been driven by grassroots organizations that are committed to making a difference in their community.