Colorado Springs - What Happened to the Intel Plant

When I moved to Colorado Springs, things were booming. The city was a significant technology hub.
Compaq, HP, MCI, and a number of technology manufacturers including Intel. MCI was the largest employer in the region by a giant margin. It was one of the factors that lead me out to Colorado Springs.

Even after MCI took the major financial hit and shrank to the point where it was not even in the top 10 of employees in town, Intel was still doing well. So well in fact, that they were in the process of securing land near the airport to build a second very large manufacturing facility.

Yet, those plans fizzled, and a couple of years later, Intel decided to close the doors to their large plant, right along a major avenue named for, and giving access from the highway to the famous park: Garden of the Gods.

This large space stood off the road, majestically idle, waiting for some use. Eventually, there were some takers for the space: Everest College added a call center; the County combined some offices from around town into the one location using part of the building.

The story of this rebirth made it to CNN today, along with some other factories around the country:

The city seems to be seeing the biggest growth is call centers. I am glad to hear we are seeing job growth. I would like to see these businesses understand that they can do more than call centers here. That we still have a lot of people in town who can and should be doing something with higher skills, and this will improve our economy even more.

The city of Colorado Springs was an early innovator in technology, more than 100 years ago, we had some of the earliest electric power plants, and Nikola Tesla experimented and proved examples of wireless electricity.

Innovation and technology still live in our city. Atmel still lives here. HP still has offices here. Verizon Wireless took over some of the offices and employees from MCI. However, compared to what was in the past, these are just small anchors of what this town could be again.

Space conferences were held here. There are plans for our own science museum. Our city is at a crossroad, where it could drive and thrive, or coast and become a service-only suburb of Denver.

What can you be doing to help Colorado Springs grow and thrive?


Steal My Sunshine - Len

Random song come up from my playlist: "Steal My Sunshine".

Not the first time it has come up, but it does seem to come up rarely. 

When it was playing on the radio in 2001-2002 time frame,  during my drive to-and-from Denver Tech Center, it was one of the newer songs that stuck with me.

It stuck with me enough that I decided to order the whole album CD from which the song was featured. It turns out there are a number of songs of a style I do not prefer on the CD, but it is interesting to gamble on other songs on an album by a group.

This song also fits into a category for me: songs that spell a word. I was thinking a while back, I should make a list of them - for some reason some of them stick out. (Ex: B-A-N-A-N-A-S)

However, it turns out that the song isn't all new. Perhaps there was some subliminal influencing going on with this song.

In a very ADD ("SQUIRREL") moment while listening to the song today, I decided I needed to view the lyrics. It has a lot of words that go by quickly, and I wondered at some of the things they were saying.

However, I wound up viewing the Wikipedia article on it first.

"Steal My Sunshine" borrows from 2 things in the past:
1) They loop a sound capture from the Disco Song More, More More by Andrea True Connection.
2) They were specifically going after the style of Don't You Want Me By The Human League.

Both of those songs are already in my brain, so perhaps it is not so surprising that the song stuck out strongly to me.

One of the interesting lyrics in the song, that they repeat, I realized would also be a good Toastmasters saying:

"A Million Miles of Fun"