Freeing you from flannel on Valentine's Day

Published: 2/14/2018  1:23 PM
It’s Valentine’s Day – a time for love, passion, overpriced chocolate, foot massages, oily back rubs, flowers, Barry White (for you older kids), Drake (for you younger kids?), panicked guys scrambling at the last minute to buy overpriced chocolate w ...

Colder weather means higher bills

Published: 2/8/2018  9:50 AM
Often, when I talk to friends on the east coast, they are surprised how mild the winters in Colorado can be compared to the northeast. This winter has been mild as well, with the exception of a string of days in late December, when we finally got hi ...

Animals & Predictions

Published: 2/5/2018  4:03 PM
​If Friday had a theme, it’d be animals and predictions. Feb. 2 - that day when sleepy, morning eyes gaze upon Punxsutawney Phil for a weather forecast. He saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter. I hope it’s true. Six weeks of winter and a wet spr ...

2017 Highlights

Published: 1/31/2018  1:27 PM
As our community changes—new businesses coming to town, rapid growth of the housing market and Millennials making up a quarter of the U.S. population, just to name a few—Colorado Springs Utilities is changing right along with it. We are changing the ...

There's still time to weatherize

Published: 1/17/2018  10:46 AM
If you've been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather so far this winter - until the last week or so - you're not alone. I've heard several people say they put off the annual chores of preparing their home for winter. While we've been in a bit of ...

​Local students recently participated in FIRST LEGO League’s robotics challenge

Published: 12/27/2017  2:03 PM
Local students recently participated in the first FIRSTLEGO League’s robotics challenge. This year’s theme was the Human Water Cycle and Solving a Hydrodynamic Challenge. Teams completed three parts: •  Identify a real-world water-related challenge, ...

​Drake decision to provide more energy options

Published: 12/20/2017  11:48 AM
The energy industry is changing. To power our city, we are adopting new, efficient and sustainable technologies to better serve our customers and reduce our impacts on the environment. To do this, our Utilities Board on Monday decided to accelerate ...

Collaborating with key community stakeholders

Published: 12/14/2017  9:45 AM
Our Utilities Board is providing a strategic vision as we continue to prepare for the many changes ahead in the utilities industry and our community. Its focus on maintaining competitive rates, while also providing safe and reliable services, illust ...

Top in the nation to restore power

Published: 12/8/2017  10:10 AM
Keeping the lights on is the number one priority for us as an electric utility, and the challenge is greater than ever with everything from weather-related outages to cyber threats. We maintain a high level of reliability due to our dedicated first ...

2018 Rate Changes Approved

Published: 11/28/2017  2:42 PM
When talking about money no one wants to hear about an increase unless it's related to salary, a dividend check or some other sort of payout. Otherwise, we're really only interested in decreases, like the discounts many take advantage of on Black Fr ...

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Hitting all the right notes to keep business local   

Natalie W.  by  Natalie W.  on  10/25/2017

MicrophoneIf you’re as big of a fan of NBC’s hit show The Voice as I am, then you know all about Miley Cyrus’ first-ever, all-female team; the bromance between Adam Levine and Blake Shelton; and how Jennifer Hudson recently won on “The Voice UK” edition with her artist Mo Adeniran. Although I can’t carry a tune to save my life, I appreciate great vocalists and the skills they have.

However, when you watch The Voice, you’ll notice that some of the contestants gravitate toward a certain singer as their coach. Country artist Blake Shelton is particularly effective at wooing country singers to his team—especially those who currently live in Nashville or who have roots in Nashville. Why is this? Because they have the common bond of living in the same town, eating at the same restaurants, sharing the same cultural experiences and probably even knowing some of the same people.

Like Blake, Colorado Springs Utilities does our best to woo local contractors to keep business local. To ensure that local businesses are given consideration, the Utilities Board established a yearly local spend goal of 30 percent. This is a goal that our Procurement and Contract Services (PCS) team works hard to achieve.

The procurement code prohibits favoritism and requires that decisions are made based on the best value for the organization and our ratepayers without consideration of whether a contractor is local or a small business (including women and minority owned). We put all contracts up for bid and award them to the most-qualified, best-value bidder—wherever the business might be located.

Many of the specialized products and expertise needed for an energy and water utility are not always available locally. Still, within the last 12 months, we’ve invested $87 million in the local economy and we’re within 3 percent of meeting the Utilities Board’s 30 percent goal. Last year, our local spend came in at 35 percent, while we invested more than $118 million into the local economy.

Most recently, on Oct. 18, we hosted a workshop at the Antlers Hotel for about 150 local contractors. The goal of the workshop was to help local businesses win Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and better learn how to do business with us. General Managers in both our Water Services Division and Energy Division presented upcoming projects for 2018-2019 that contractors can bid on and we hosted external speakers as well, who shared tips and advice for winning a contract.

Though Colorado Springs can’t claim the “Music City” title, or being the home to Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson or Taylor Swift, we can boast about a lot of other things: a low unemployment rate, a low cost of living, and having some of the most competitive utility rates in the nation.  

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