1. Tell us about yourself?
My name is Kasi Carter at I am a Colorado Springs native. I attended Fountain-Fort Carson High School and Colorado College. I currently work at Leadership Pikes Peak as the Program Manager for the Leading Edge teen program and the Encore Leadership “55 and Better” program. I love baking cupcakes, hiking with my boyfriend, Nate, and dog, Lemon, and spending time with my family and friends.
2. What are the top 3 issues you see facing Colorado Springs.
Like every community, there is a large handful of issues, but the ones that I am most concerned about are our inability to attract and keep young professionals in this community, the storm water issue, and the fact that, rather than working together, our community is often divided into silos, especially our non-profit community.
As a young professional in Colorado Springs, I understand why others my age are attracted to other communities that offer better and more diverse work opportunities, as well as a greater social community. While I understand the appeal of places like Denver, I believe that Colorado Springs has a lot to offer, but we need to do a better job showing these offers to young professionals.
With the fires and subsequent flooding, it is clear that Colorado Springs has an urgent need to improve our storm water systems and take preventative actions to eliminate flooding. With the constant rains and flooding we have experienced this summer, it is clear that if we don’t take steps to improve our storm water systems, we will simply continue to fix damage to roads, parks, sidewalks, homes, etc. over and over again.
As for non-profits, Colorado Springs has a very large number of non-profits that are doing great work in our community. While each non-profit is valuable, they are all dipping into the same community pot of funding. Our community only has so much time and money to put into these non-profit organizations. Because of this, many non-profits struggle to get by and are constantly holding their hands out asking for more. If we were to work as a community to combine our efforts on specific issues, we could start to eliminate unnecessary repetitiveness among nonprofits, and therefore lower the need for community fund and time support. One example of this is how the homeless-focused organizations in our community have come together to ensure that, together, they are providing resources for all sectors of our homeless community, without duplicating efforts and competing with each other. We need to continue with such collaborations and streamline our non-profit efforts.
3. What do you love about Colorado Springs?
I love that there is always something to do here, regardless of the ever-changing weather. You can hang out with the animals at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, catch a show at the Millibo Art Theatre, hike Cutler Trail and have a picnic at the top while taking in the amazing views of the city, take in a concert at America the Beautiful Park, have a beer with friends at one of the many local breweries…the possibilities are endless. This is such a fun town!
4. What would you change about Colorado Springs?
Besides the issues I mentioned above, I think the overall change that needs to happen in Colorado Springs is moving into our next phase. We, as a community, are ready for a change and to see this community move out of the past and into the future. We need to be a city that is accepting of diversity and new ideas. We have amazing potential, but we need the courage and motivation to move forward
5. Would you ever consider running for office in Colorado Springs?
To be honest, I would not consider running for office. While I like to keep abreast of the local political scene, it is not something I would want to jump into. I am happy to support certain causes from the sidelines and spread the word about certain issues, but I have no interest in living that on a day-to-day basis. That being said, I do think it is important, even for those of us who wouldn’t run, to be aware of ballot issues, be aware of candidates, and vote every time we have the chance! This is especially important for young people; we need to vote and be involved in order to help create the type of community we want to live in.