2019 Downtown Stars announced

Downtown Partnership honored outstanding contributors to the economic, civic and cultural vitality of Downtown Colorado Springs at their Annual Breakfast on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Award recipients were honored for their outstanding contributors to the economic, civic and cultural vitality of Downtown Colorado Springs in front of a crowd of nearly 750 people.

2019 Downtown Star recipients are: 

Greenway Flats

Project partners Springs Rescue Mission and Nor’wood Development Group along with the Colorado Springs Community Development Division were recognized for their initiative to create Greenway Flats, the first permanent supportive housing community in the city for chronically homeless individuals. A shared vision to bridge the gap for the most vulnerable people in the community resulted in a $15 million project that is now home to 65 residents. Greenway Flats embraces the Housing First approach, understanding that people experiencing chronic homelessness can best address addictions or mental health issues by first being housed and provided wraparound services. Terry Anderson of Springs Rescue Mission, Chris Jenkins of Nor’wood, and Steve Posey of the city’s Community Development Division accepted the award. 

Pictured, left to right: Stuart Coppedge, Downtown Partnership Board President; Steve Posey, Chris Jenkins, Terry Anderson, Susan Edmondson.

Colorado Springs Utilities Office of Economic Development

Construction, development and renovation in the city center create unique challenges, especially when dealing with aging utility infrastructure. The CSU Office of Economic Development was recognized for their support in addressing a variety of utility challenges that come with the evolution of business and development in the city’s historic heart. Under the objectives of the Urban Planning Area Utilities Infrastructure Master Plan, CSU also is holistically addressing upgrades to aging utility infrastructure, finding sustainable solutions and developing long-term plans that will allow Downtown and the entire city to thrive. Cindy Newsome and Tyrone Johnson of the CSU Office of Economic Development accepted the award. 

Pictured, left to right: Stuart Coppedge,Cindy Newsome, Tyrone Johnson, Susan Edmondson.

The Behr Family

Ed and Renee Behr, along with their adult sons Eric and Brandon, daughter Tara and daughter-in-law Leah enthusiastically promote and participate in the cultural and economic development of Downtown, by continually inviting friends, family and colleagues to join them in experiencing all our city center has to offer. Downtown date nights, First Friday art walks, Legacy Loop bike rides, and exploring new coffee shops and restaurants are just a few of the ways the Behrs engage with and encourage others to enjoy all Downtown has to offer.

Pictured, left to right: Ed Behr, Renee Behr, Erik Behr, Stuart Coppedge, Susan Edmondson, Brandon Behr and Leah Behr.