Governor and mayor headline 20th annual UCCS Economic Forum

Eric Nissen, College of Business, (719) 255-3755, [email protected] Tom Hutton, UCCS, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, [email protected]

COLORADO SPRINGS –– Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers are among the dignitaries scheduled to speak at the 20th annual UCCS Economic Forum Oct. 14 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

The event will also feature a panel of local and state leaders discussing “Colorado Springs: Going for the Gold.” Experts from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ College of Business and community leaders will share an outlook of economic conditions for the Pikes Peak region. A Wells Fargo economist will provide a national and international forecast.

The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A networking happy hour will follow at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $80, including parking. Registration and a full agenda is available at

“We are pleased to provide the economic trends shaping our community, region and nation that have the potential to affect our local economy both in the short- and long-term,” Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, said. “We know our community partners value this data and perspective, and we are pleased that they continue to support us year after year and make it possible for us to bring this event every year to our community.”

Featured speakers are:

  • Jim Paulsen, economist, Wells Fargo Bank. Paulsen will talk about international and national economic conditions and provide a national outlook.
  • Tatiana Bailey, director, UCCS Economic Forum, UCCS College of Business. Bailey will discuss local economic conditions and outlook for 2017 and beyond.

The panel discussion will feature:

Abby Sienkiewicz, deputy director, Colorado Springs Center for Nonprofit Excellence; Kelly Manning, state director, Colorado Small Business Development Center Network and deputy director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development; Edward Rios, president and CEO, CyberSpace Operations Consulting, Inc., and Wayne Williams, Colorado Secretary of State.

The forum will feature ten brief community updates from Colorado Springs leaders including Suthers.

The UCCS Economic Forum is part of the UCCS College of Business. The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,100 undergraduates and 350 MBA and distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting degrees. More than 9,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world. For more information, visit

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit