A Water Win-Win

Published: 11/15/2018  12:01 PM
​Water news from the Arkansas Valley yesterday is a win-win.  A win for famers and a win for city-dwellers. Late Wednesday, the Fort Lyon Canal Company (FLCC) Board approved to allow a Lower Arkansas Water Management Association (LAWMA) member to d ...

Creating tomorrow’s energy landscape with a new vision

Published: 11/14/2018  4:29 PM
Our world is increasingly revolving around electronics. From your Google Home to your electric vehicle and smart thermostat, the ways in which we all use energy are changing. So too are the ways in which we generate and deliver that energy to you. ...

Funding our Future | 2019 Rates & Budget Approved

Published: 11/13/2018  2:33 PM
Today Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved our 2019 Budget and 2019 customer rates. Last summer, I was priviliged to work with a team of employees to review the 2019 budget submittal and am proud to share that the 2019 budget is nearl ...

Recognized with Platinum level HIRE Vets Medallion Award

Published: 11/13/2018  2:26 PM
There has been a strong military presence in Colorado Springs for many years, and we're proud to serve those who serve our country. Doing right by our military, though, means more than simply providing safe, reliable utility service. It also means a ...

Trick or Treat for Savings

Published: 10/31/2018  8:49 AM
Trick or treating through the neighborhood, sometimes there is one special house with a candy bowl that stands out from all the others. It’s the place with full-size candy bars. Everyone wants to be at that house with the biggest candy bars, and all ...

Project COPE provides utilities payment assistance

Published: 10/30/2018  2:46 PM
Whether it’s a home-cooked meal or a warm place to lay their heads, our customers count on Project COPE to help when times get tough. Donations to Project COPE make a difference in the lives of so many families. Project COPE is the only local organ ...

Don't be haunted by phantom load

Published: 10/22/2018  10:56 AM
​There are scary things that go bump in the night and then there are scary things that make a bump in your electrical use. Phantom (or vampire) load is the energy that things like your DVD player and microwave use, even when turned off or in standby ...

Focus on Customers

Published: 10/18/2018  12:14 PM
Greetings, I’m Aram Benyamin, the new CEO of Colorado Springs Utilities. It’s an honor to lead your community utility and be a part of the exciting change and growth our community is now enjoying. Already, I’ve received many great ideas and sugges ...

​The public power advantage

Published: 10/8/2018  1:11 PM
Electricity and natural gas. Services we often take for granted. With a flip of a switch, we have light and heat. Yet, providing power is a complex business. Fortunately, there are skilled, dedicated individuals right here in Colorado Springs makin ...

Benyamin sworn in as new CEO

Published: 10/2/2018  9:37 AM
This morning at a special meeting of the Utilities Board, Aram Benyamin, P.E. was formally sworn in as the next CEO by Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “I’m honored for the opportunity to lead Colorado Springs Utilities and be part of the futur ...

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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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