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.


2c Passed

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

Amy Lathen

Executive Director

Phil Lane

Chairman of the Board

Kathy Loo

Board Member

Douglas Stimple

Board Member

Tom Neppl

Board Member

Dan Stuart

Board Member

Jim Johnson

Board Member

Steve Bartolin

"I believe strongly in the good work Colorado Springs Forward puts forth to better the overall community and wish you and the Board and membership all the best in the future with your efforts. My schedule now requires me to spend a good bit of time at our new property in Sea Island, Georgia, and I also spend more time now at our second home in Arizona. As a result, my ability to attend board meetings has been so limited that I don't think it is fair to CSF as I cannot be as productive a Board member as I should be. Thank You."

Our deepest thanks to Steve Bartolin for his service in our board and for his continued support of Colorado Springs Forward. - Phil Lane, Chairman

Contributions: Why This Matters!

In addition to the work that we do in the political realm, Colorado Springs Forward believes in supporting our community as a whole and seeks out initiatives and opportunities to help coalesce the private business community in efforts to reach individuals and neighborhoods. All of the work that we do to positively lead and guide strong economic development ultimately impacts every individual by increasing opportunities for them to be independent and provide for themselves and their families. This is fundamental to community prosperity and as long-time, long-invested, long-passionate members of this amazing city, we wish to do all we can to positively move the needle.

Our Collaborators

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.

Regional Leadership Forum

Meet the Candidates

Our Endorsements for City Council, 2017

Colorado Springs Forward was organized by numerous local citizens in 2014 partly in response to rampant public infighting between the then Mayor and City Council.  This infighting was in part, due to settling into a new Strong-Mayor form of city government and in part due to personalities and clashes over community direction and initiatives. These clashes were threatening to impact significant economic growth in a region of unparalleled natural and human resources and the organizers wanted to put together a positive voice for stability in our region.

The founders and current members of Colorado Springs Forward are business owners and philanthropists who recognized the negative impacts caused by this turmoil as well as challenges at the local level which had resulted in a negative business climate and deteriorating public relations associated with Colorado Springs within our state and nation.  These business men and women simply sought to organize the voices of constituents who were being dramatically impacted by local leadership and regulations.

Today, Colorado Springs Forward is thrilled to have over 1,500 members, comprised of individuals who simply support the mission of bringing sound, free-market business sense to our local leadership boards and to enhancing our community at large, in ways that increase consistency, job creation and prosperity.

Please meet the following Leaders that Colorado Springs Forward has endorsed for City Council in 2017.  Following a 5-month, regional, broad-based process of interviews and consideration, we are proud to stand behind these individuals who are willing to run to serve in office and who understand what it takes to start, expand and sustain businesses in our region, all of which provide jobs, independence and prosperity for ourselves, our friends and neighbors.

These candidates for City Council are committed to good governance, sound maintenance of our public infrastructure and the support of job creation through sound, free-market local governance policies.  They are business owners and citizens that have demonstrated a clear understanding of the impacts that government can have (good and bad) on staying in business!!

None of these individuals have been asked to do anything other than stand for good governance, transparent stewardship of taxpayer dollars and open communication with the citizens and businesses that they will serve.

We ask you to join us in supporting these leaders.

Your April 2017 Ballot

Issue 2 - Vote Yes

Consistent with our founding principle of protecting and maintaining our local infrastructure, Colorado Springs Forward is pleased to announce our endorsement of the upcoming TABOR ballot Issue 2, which asks the citizens of Colorado Springs if the City may retain $6 million of the revenue above the TABOR cap for 2016 and 2017 and spend that money only on stormwater projects listed in the ballot.  Anything above the $6 million in TABOR surplus revenue will be refunded to the citizens."This question is for the purpose of retaining excess revenue, NOT for raising any new revenue or taxes.  This revenue will help the City of Colorado Springs meet federally required stormwater obligations. Colorado Springs Forward wishes to thank Mayor John Suthers for his leadership on this issue and for his diligent stewardship of our taxpayers dollars.  We encourage you to vote YES on Issue 2 on April 4th.

For more information on Issue 2, please click here for the ballot issue description.