2018 Pikes Peak Children's Water Festival attracts 800 students

Published: 5/25/2018  10:18 AM
Anyone who knows me, knows I am a kid at heart. I love eating pizza for breakfast, riding on the biggest roller coasters at amusement parks and am OBSESSED with the Incredibles (I can't wait for Incredibles 2 to come out in a couple of weeks!). Last ...

​System improvements at Kelker Substation

Published: 5/24/2018  4:17 PM
  Moving an object that weighs 355,000 pounds is no small feat. In April we transported a new autotransformer to the Kelker Substation for installation. After completely installed, it will weigh more than half a million pounds. This enormous p ...

Tops in power reliability

Published: 5/23/2018  1:46 PM
​Safely delivering reliable power to our community is something in which we take great pride. Usually we're working behind the scenes to help you do all the great things you do. But, today, we're stepping out of the shadows to take a moment to cele ...

Drinking Water Week unlike any other week

Published: 5/8/2018  3:16 PM
​There are celebration weeks for just about everything these days. I understand if you’re suffering from celebration week fatigue, but don’t be so quick to discard the importance of #DrinkingWaterWeek, which kicked off on Sunday. Without safe and re ...

Working toward a cleaner energy future

Published: 5/3/2018  9:37 AM
To meet the renewable energy goals in our Energy Vision and respond to customers’ expectations of a cleaner energy future, we released our latest solicitation for more renewable energy projects. On April 26, we issued a request for proposals for up ...

Colorado Springs Utilities receives 2017 Discover Goodwill Award

Published: 5/2/2018  9:18 AM
​On Thursday, April 26, Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte and Facilities Contract Administrator Paul Brown accepted The 2017 Discover Goodwill Award at Goodwill's annual awards dinner. Each year Discover Goodwill honors outstanding busines ...

Public hearing regarding Drake Power Plant permit

Published: 5/1/2018  3:07 PM
​On May 7, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC), a division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), will conduct a public hearing on the renewal of our Title V Operating Permit for the Martin Drake Power Pl ...

Kicking off the 2018 paving season

Published: 5/1/2018  11:35 AM
Today we joined with the City of Colorado Springs to kick of the 2018 paving season! While this may not seem very exciting to you, it signifies the progress the city is making in completing 2C projects and the collaboration between Colorado Springs ...

From snow to sprinklers

Published: 4/26/2018  1:10 PM
Knock on wood, I think spring is finally loosening its grip and yielding to the inevitable change to summer. We can only hope anyway! However, as the temperatures increase so do water bills. It’s not uncommon for summer water bills to be about twic ...

Achieving a Smart City vision

Published: 4/24/2018  9:25 AM
For the past six months Colorado Springs Utilities, City of Colorado Springs and Panasonic City NOW have worked together to develop a Smart City vision for our community, known as SmartCOS. This effort was launched by Mayor Suthers with support fro ...

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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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