Mar 19, 2010 9:37 PM by Matt Stafford

Economic outlook more optimistic with new jobs for the Springs

The facility on Garden of the Gods Road, for a time, was a sign of job loss and possibly a stalling economy nearly 3 years ago. Now it has new life, and that's coming, maybe next week, in the form of possibly 600 jobs at a new service center for Everest University Online.

"We needed another facility to service these students going forward," explains Steve Quattrociocchi, president of online services for Everest University Online. "We looked all across the country and we settled on Colorado Springs."

Managers expect to be operating in a couple of weeks, with the 600 jobs being added over about two years.

That surge is just the kind of move economic developers are looking for.

"Right now any job is a good job," says Mike Kazmierski, president and C.E.O. Of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation. "We have 22 thousand people unemployed right now and, more important than ever, we need to be out there bringing jobs in this community."

At the time of our interview, Kazmierski could neither confirm nor deny Everest University's move to Colorado Springs. The university gave confirmation Friday afternoon to News First 5.

However, regardless of the new jobs, Kazmierski is optimistic of other jobs coming soon.

"There is expected good news in the near future, so we'll see what happens," explains Kazmierski. "There are about 30 or 40 (companies) that we see in the final stages of decision making."

Of those companies, some are showing interest, but not all plan on bringing 600 workers to Colorado Springs. However, for now that might not really matter.

"The size isn't as important as that we need jobs in this community now," Kazmierski says. He adds that several announcements of new jobs are possible in the next two months.

To look into employment with Everest University Online, visit a website where the jobs will be posted by clicking here.


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