Posted: Mar 5, 2013 10:14 PM by Annie Snead
Updated: Mar 6, 2013 8:11 AM
A large crowd gathered Tuesday night at the first neighborhood community meeting hosted by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach.
Around 100 people turned out to the Hillside Community Center to ask him questions and hear from other leaders in the springs.
"It's really important as we move toward the budgeting process in 2014 that you tell us what you think," Bach told the crowd.
"A lot of concern about transit here, concerns about jobs, how we're going to get the economy going so for me it's very helpful to have people give me feedback," he told News 5.
Bach spoke about the need to bring back weekend and holiday bus service.
Transportation is something June Waller, who's lived in the springs for 50 years, is concerned about.
"In five to ten years transportation is going to be very relevant as far as people trying to get to bus stops and people trying to get from point to point," Waller said.
She says she was happy to see so many people at the meeting.
Other speakers included the fire and police chiefs, and Donna Nelson, the economic vitality specialist for the city who spoke about their program for students. The goal is to get younger and more diverse people in city jobs.
"The ticket to success program has really opened up these eyes of students because most students in seventh grade and even some adults don't realize the various careers that you can have in city government," said Nelson.
Bach is trying to make his way throughout the city to meet citizens and get their ideas.
He says there's a lot of people out of work and the economy is still a concern.
"I believe the most important thing we can do is to become the most business and citizen friendly city in the country," he said to the crowd.
The ticket to success program also offers scholarships for students to go to college.
Mayor Bach says more town hall and neighborhood meetings are planned for the future.