Mayor John Suthers presented a Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award on Wednesday, March 22 to Doug Price, Visit Colorado Springs president and CEO, during a surprise presentation at the Visit Colorado Springs’ annual business meeting.
As a founding member of the Olympic City USA Task Force, Price played an integral role in launching the Olympic City USA brand in 2015 and continues to steward efforts focused on creating sustained economic growth and enhancing civic pride. He has also been an advocate for the City for Champions projects, which include Weidner Field, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, the Hybl Sports Medicine Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Robson Arena at Colorado College, and the relocation and expansion of the U.S. Air Force Academy Gateway Visitor Center.
“I am pleased to present Doug Price with a Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award for his dedication and commitment to Colorado Springs,” said Mayor Suthers. “Doug’s visionary leadership has helped bolster a tourism ecosystem that ranks Colorado Springs as a top travel destination, and his steadfast support and advocacy for Olympic City USA and the successful City for Champions projects has helped create positive momentum for the city.”
Price has led Visit Colorado Springs since 2011. Prior to that, he was senior vice president for professional development at Destinations International and had an 18-year career with Marriott. With more than 35 years of leadership experience in sales and professional development, Price is well known for bringing together key stakeholders and decision makers on initiatives that promote and sustain the Pikes Peak Region, and through his professional and volunteer efforts he has helped to foster an internationally recognized sports industry in Colorado Springs.
The Office of the Mayor welcomes the opportunity to recognize exceptional individuals, like Price, and organizations within the City of Colorado Springs with Spirit of the Springs Awards. These awards are presented by the Mayor or an official designee to honor high-achieving community members for their outstanding achievements. For more information, visit ColoradoSprings.gov/Mayors-Office.