Posted: Sep 15, 2009 8:24 PM by Andy Koen
Updated: Sep 15, 2009 8:24 PM
Colorado Springs, like the rest of America, is in a recession. In fact, half of the red flag concerns listed in the 2009 Quality of Life report are about the economy. The chief concern among them is unemployment.
"We've been losing primary jobs and primary jobs are ones that bring money into the community and then can be re-circulated. Those dollars then are re-circulated within our economy," said Lynne Telford, chief operating officer of Pikes Peak United Way which has coordinated the study for the past three years.
The report looks at everything from economics and public safety to health and education.
Leadership Pikes Peak is a partner in this year's study. Director Susan Saksa says the information in the report is valuable to community leaders.
"It is a great product, lots of information about our community and particularly for decision makers," Saksa said.
Not all of the data is worrisome. Among the gold stars of the report: economic growth tied to the influx of troops at Fort Carson, rankings above the national average in public safety, and a relatively low cost of living.
Telford hopes hope that politicians and community groups alike will use the information work on issues pin-pointed in the report. "We need to look at the indicators because it's a realistic look at our community and see where we need to move as a community."
Click here to read the report.