Mayor Bach Creates Special Advisory Group to Pipline Future Black Leaders
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
As Black History Month comes to a close, Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach is pleased to announce a special advisory group focused on future black leaders. “We are blessed to have a number of strong black leaders in our city,” he said. “But as all of our city leaders age, including me, I want to make sure we have a pipeline of future black leaders that is just as strong.” This group will recommend short range and long term programs to engage younger black citizens in building the future of Colorado Springs.
Mayor Bach met with a dozen black leaders last week to kick off this special advisory group. In attendance were representatives from city government, public schools, and local colleges including the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Technical University, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, and the US Air Force Academy. The Mayor praised the group’s early efforts: “They went right to work, recommending additional people we need to involve and programs we can develop in short order.”
“We know this meeting was just a start,” said City Planning Commissioner Eric Phillips. “We look forward to networking with churches and non-profit groups interested in implementing the kinds of initiatives that will make a difference.”
The group will pilot a number of programs in Harrison School District Two, with plans to expand to other districts over time. District Two Superintendent Andrew Harris Spencer is excited to be involved in the early stages of this effort: “I am looking forward to the work that we will accomplish together for the children of our city.”
Mayor Bach looks forward to this advisory group’s recommendations in the coming weeks and months.