Richardson said he supported the city’s agreement with AEDC, but wanted to bring up issues he had with the contract during the council meeting because it did not go through a study session first.
Buckley Air Force Base’s economic impact on Aurora inched up in 2015, but still lagged below the $1-billion mark it regularly topped before 2013
Backers of the plan, led by the Aurora Economic Development Council, spent the past six years trying to get the project off the ground. But along the way, the project hit roadblock after roadblock.
CEO Wendy Mitchell said the new place is about the same size as the old one, but is significantly cheaper.
“We believe that the key to community health is through community wealth, and one way to achieve that goal is to help people gain access to good jobs that exist on the Campus,” he said.
“Morgan Cullen’s public policy experience and impressive political network will create new opportunities for Accelerate Colorado and the state,” she said in a statement.
Long legal battle may be ahead for Gaylord hotel and huge incentives offered by Aurora, Colorado
City of Aurora attorney Charlie Richardson said the hoteliers filed the petition simply because they want to prevent competition.
Aurora and the state were strung along by Gaylord, fighting hard to win state approval for the incentives, all the while knowing that they were going to sell the business to the Marriott corporation, which they announced in May
“We are looking at a huge financial hit,” said Dick Hinson, senior vice president at the Aurora Economic Development Council. Hinson estimated that Aurora could stand to lose more than 3,000 jobs if the proposed cuts take effect.