Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers keeps State of the City address positive despite pandemic setbacks

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers delivered his sixth State of the City address Thursday morning.

In the speech, Suthers discussed the area’s resiliency in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. He also discussed the local impacts of the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this year. He also talked about new developments in downtown Colorado Springs and across the city.

Suthers gave the address from The Pinery at the Hill. A small audience, along with members of the media, were present.

>> Read the full address on the mayor’s website

Suthers began by reading from a speech given by the mayor of Colorado Springs from 1899-1902, John Robinson.  In that speech, the former mayor cited the “aesthetic conditions,” which drove the founding of the city. After addressing its history, Suthers noted the city’s resiliency through fires and floods, comparing this resiliency to that shown through current challenges facing the region and nation.

Suthers praised several leaders in the community, including El Paso County Public Health, Colorado Springs City Council and City and Utilities staff for their work during challenging times.

He spoke about Colorado Springs Employee of the Year Pedro Laumbach and celebrated the cooperation of citizens with public health orders as well as the ongoing economic recovery driven by patrons and local philanthropy.

The City for Champions projects were cited as reasons for optimism, along with development downtown, along the Interquest corridor and at the airport. Suthers also spoke about Issue 2A on the November ballot and previewed significant infrastructure investment in southeast Colorado Springs.

As has become tradition, Suthers closed his speech by challenging citizens to continue to “build a city that matches our scenery, a shining city at the foot of a great mountain.”

Watch the full address:

Mayor Suthers presented the Spirit of the Springs Lifetime Achievement Award to William J. (Bill) Hybl and the Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award to three El Paso County Public Health leaders after his State of the City address.

William J. Hybl

Bill Hybl was raised in Pueblo and came to Colorado Springs to attend Colorado College. After graduating from The University of Colorado Law School, he served two years in the U.S. Army and worked as the deputy and assistant district attorney in Colorado Springs. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1972, but left a few months later to serve as Vice President of The Broadmoor Hotel and Executive Director of the El Pomar Foundation. Hybl was Chairman and CEO of El Pomar Foundation for 30 years and continues to serve as Executive Chairman. 

“As the leader of El Pomar Foundation, Bill Hybl has had a tremendous positive impact on the quality of life in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA,” said Mayor John Suthers. “He is a visionary whose service to our community has been exceptional.”

Bill Hybl has received many awards, served on numerous community boards and held international positions, including two terms as president of the United State Olympic Committee. He was recently recognized with the naming of one of the City for Champions projects, The William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center. He and his wife, Kathleen, have two sons and six grandchildren.

A tribute video that includes interviews with some of Hybl’s family and colleagues is available to view at https://vimeo.com/456007300/82fb2a42ed.

El Paso County Public Health leaders recognized with Spirit of the Springs award

The mayor recognized leaders from El Paso County Public Health with a Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. He presented the award to the following individuals for their collective effort to protect, inform, and educate the community:

“The city is grateful to the leaders of El Paso County Public Health for their swift response to this pandemic, their emphasis on collaboration these past few months and their contribution to our overall resiliency during this difficult time,” said Mayor John Suthers. “This is a small way of showing our appreciation for their critical work.”

Please visit ColoradoSprings.gov/SpiritoftheSprings for more information about the awards program.

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