Poles need love too

Published: 8/17/2018  3:00 PM
​ Did you know that every year, Colorado Springs Utilities inspects and tests 4,000 electric wood poles? It takes about 8 to 12 weeks to complete the work. In fact, that’s only a fraction of the poles that serve up power to our community. There is ...

Colorado Springs Utilities moves forward with model water-sharing agreement

Published: 8/17/2018  8:31 AM
​Over the past year, the Colorado Springs Utilities Water Resources team has been working behind the scenes on a history-shaping agreement within the Colorado water industry. Last month Springs Utilities and the Lower Arkansas Water Management Assoc ...

So easy a rabbit can do it

Published: 8/10/2018  2:19 PM
811 Day is tomorrow, and that means we’ve been reminding our customers to contact 811 before they dig. A large percentage of our electric, natural gas, water and wastewater mains and service lines are underground and out of sight, and very dangerous ...

Is an electric vehicle in your future?

Published: 7/31/2018  2:38 PM
​Are you one of the millions of Americans that say the next car they buy will be an electric vehicle (EV)? A survey released earlier this year by the American Automobile Association determined that the appetite for electric cars is heating up. The ...

Solutions to repower the Springs

Published: 7/26/2018  1:12 PM
​Many might not know, but when the Martin Drake Power Plant was constructed in 1925, it was on the outskirts of town. Almost a century later, the power generated at the plant, which is now located downtown, has helped grow this once small town into ...

Tips for wise watering during midsummer heat

Published: 7/24/2018  8:17 AM
With the recent hot, dry weather, many people have been watering their landscapes frequently. So how do you use the right amount of water to keep your landscape healthy without waste? Here are four ideas: Water enough, but not too much. You can tak ...

Expanding our renewable energy portfolio

Published: 7/16/2018  6:14 PM
We are excited to announce the start of two utility-scale solar projects that will significantly increase our amount of renewable energy to power the Pikes Peak Region. “We are committed to offering our customers a cleaner, more diverse and affordab ...

8 steps to consider before going solar

Published: 7/16/2018  1:19 PM
Solar energy helps protect the environment, diversifies our energy supply, creates energy independence and reduces our summer peak capacity requirements. But, it's a big investment and, for many, we can sometimes get paralysis by analysis. In other ...

Boulder Place Park rehab project = major win for the community

Published: 7/13/2018  10:30 AM
​             Before                                                                                     After A 10-month long rehab project for our Construction Maintenance Restoration group has turned into a community gem for hundreds of people. ...

Practice wise mulching for water savings

Published: 7/9/2018  8:49 AM
​One of the biggest secrets to growing a beautiful landscape is covering bare soil between plants with mulch. When you choose the right type of mulch, landscape plants stay healthier, and you can save water by reducing evaporation from the soil. So ...

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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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