Get to know Colorado Springs Forward
Colorado Springs Forward is a broad-based alliance of people and organizations that care deeply and are committed to the success of the Pikes Peak region. Our individual members and member organizations have demonstrated a profound interest in all aspects of our community. We pledge an ongoing investment of time, energy and resources to protect and enhance the business climate and the quality of life across the greater Colorado Springs region so that we may all enjoy a dynamic and vibrant community that we are proud to call home. That’s not all, though. Find out more about CSF »
Pillars of Our Community
Colorado Springs Forward Focus Areas
A Peek Into Our History
Colorado Springs Forward was incorporated on April 18, 2014 as a 501(c)(6) organization.
Forging a Mission
Major regional business organizations as well as numerous business leaders and philanthropists refined a concept of an umbrella organization to drive action through broad collaboration. The primary focus was to achieve significant growth in the local economy by leveraging the extensive talent and assets across the Colorado Springs community. This process involved meeting with elected officials and other partner organizations to receive input and feedback as the Colorado Springs Forward mission evolved.
Community Call to Action
A community call to action signed by over 500 people was published in the local media on September 4, 2014 and the work of Colorado Springs Forward commenced.
John Suthers for Mayor of Colorado Springs
2015 - Colorado Springs Forward supports John Suthers for Mayor of Colorado Springs, embarking on unprecedented collaboration and new administrative and executive leverage. Colorado Springs Forward also supports 2 of 3 successful City Council candidates.
2015 – Colorado Springs Forward leads the campaign for 2C, a 0.62% sales tax initiative dedicated strictly to road improvements and repairs. The initiative has a 5-year sunset and passed overwhelmingly with 65% of the vote.
El Paso County Commissioner Support
2016 – Colorado Springs Forward supports 2 of 3 successful El Paso County Commissioner candidates, establishing a strong business-minded board
Meet the Board
"My hope for Colorado Springs Forward is that we can be a catalyst for change in our community. One important way for CSF to do this is to genuinely work together with others who have similar goals and desires for our community. For too long we have heard of silos and turf wars. My goal is to get past this and authentically work together with individuals and groups who believe in prosperity in Colorado Springs." -Phil Lane, Chairman
We work to create partnerships and establish relationships, which promote our vision of Colorado Springs being an extraordinary place to live, work and play. We do not wish to create redundancies, but to work together in unique ways with so many others in our communities who share this vision.
We are grateful for powerful partnerships. They each enhance community, prosperity and leadership in a variety of ways.
These partnerships in no way shape or form constitute agreement or involvement in candidate endorsements. Colorado Springs Forward makes candidate endorsements entirely independently and does not expect or imply that partners support or engage in any of our political action committee work.