Dream City Vision 2020


Vision Statement

1. Our business environment makes us a region of choice for new employers as we encourage entrepreneurship and have a vibrant, diversified and resilient regional economy.

2. Our community supports infrastructure improvements in a planned and robust manner, including physical, social, and intellectual infrastructure that is attractive to future generations.

3.  Our employers attract the Nation’s best talent for quality jobs and have a commitment to community.

4. We support and protect the core of our economy, including local business, industry, tourism, the military, education, amateur athletics , and a vibrant downtown.

5. There are a variety of employment opportunities throughout our region offering attractive wages.



Vision Statement

1. We have a broad range of quality health care options that are accessible to all.

2. Our community enthusiastically promotes and enjoys healthy recreation and physical fitness activities. Our mountains and other natural features brand the Pikes Peak region as the outdoor capital of the West.

3. We support and enjoy a healthy environment that includes clean water, air, soil, and local food options.

4. The education, prevention, and treatment for mental health and substance abuse improves lives in our community.


Vision Statement:

1. A vital downtown Colorado Springs is a focal point of the greater Pikes Peak area preserving, creating, and promoting a safe and vibrant hub for business, family entertainment, culture, arts and educational activity. Downtown will be a destination for local residents and area visitors. Downtown Colorado Springs incorporates mixed use development creating a high density area that is walkable, bikeable and pet friendly.

2. Community hubs reflect unique characters. Our neighborhood centers provide all basic needs in close proximity. Attributes of these areas are interconnected trails, open space, community gardens, family and pet friendly. Development and redevelopment consists of mixed-use, mixed-income with single and mult-family housing and higher density areas.

3. We are recognized as a sustainable community and environmental impact is considered in all decisions. Sustainable buildings are sited for energy efficiency in natural environments. We maintain open spaces, trails and other natural resources; conserve native vegetation, wildlife habitats and ecosystems in order to insure clean water, clean air, abundant wildlife, parks and wilderness areas for present and future generations. We are a community that conserves water use indoors and out.

4. Our community respects and preserves its historic origins and western heritage while promoting smart growth, affordable housing and economic development. Attention is paid to reducing sprawl by balancing natural and built environment and old versus new development. Smart growth is defined and maintained by a collaborative process between citizens, City, County and State governments.

5. Community leadership within and outside of City, County and State governments must collaborate to articulate, promote and advance a shared preservation and development vision for the entire Pikes Peak area. Balance the conflicting and competing ideas with understanding and respect. Insure that no neighborhood or community is left behind in terms of quality of life, economic opportunity and access to community services.


Vision Statement:

1. Our criminal justice system practices restorative justice resulting in low recidivism and keeping jail population low and significantly reducing jail costs

2. Our first responder safety system is efficient, innovative, and effective; rapidly providing highly trained response

3. Parks, public spaces, and streets are family friendly and safe to enjoy free of crime and drugs 24/7

4. Our community embodies an attitude of responsibility to look out for one another to reduce crime and augment emergency medical response

5. An engaged citizenship creates collaborative partnerships with traditional law enforcement agencies to make our community safe

6. Our city is respected as having the lowest crime rates in the Nation

7. Our community creates adequate funding for public safety by adopting consistent and predictable funding sources (i.e. increasing property taxes and decreasing sales tax)

8. Our police force understands gang psychology and addresses gang issues in the community

9. There is accountability for City and County governments



Vision Statement

1. Our community encourages, rewards and sets expectations for lifelong learning.

2. We are a leader in early childhood through post secondary education.  Our schools operate with maximum administrative efficiencies and the community supports the focus on student learning needs at all levels.

3. We embrace and support non-traditional learning opportunities and flexible education options.

4. We are known for our robust regional approach to collaborations and partnerships, which include cross-district initiatives, apprenticeships, internships, mentoring, school-to-work transition programs, tools for parents, and superior technology.

5. We celebrate diversity, equality, and access to quality education regardless of geographic region, socioeconomic status or school district.

6. Higher education institutions provide an economic power-base in key research and learning areas.

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