1. Tell us about yourself!
My name is Kodi Nottingham, born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, I moved to the frozen tundra of Minnesota during high school. I attended the University of Minnesota, which is where my passion for politics and giving back to the community grew immensely. I attained a double major in political science and history, while gaining valuable experience working for the State Speaker of the House. I also spent time volunteering for project SHINE (Students Helping In The Naturalization of the Elderly), where I prepared people for the citizenship test. After graduation, I took a position as a field office manager for a Congressional candidate in my home state of Hawaii but ultimately ended back in the Midwest.
My wife, Nicole, and I moved to Colorado three years ago, where I took a position as the outreach director for SWIC (SouthWest Improvement Center). As we look to expanding our family, I made the decision to take a position with some more stability and got into sales. I recently was given the opportunity to become the account executive at First American Title for the Colorado Springs area. Coming from a small town in a military family, the Springs is the perfect setting for me. I look forward to getting involved in this community and helping build upon its already strong roots.
2. What are the top 3 issues you see facing Colorado Springs?
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! If we want the revenue to grow and maintain this city we need to attract the right businesses and opportunities for the future. To surpass the national average in job growth, we as a community need to focus on what can accomplish that influx and make it our number one priority. As President Reagan said “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination and wonder.” It is time for us to come together and create the success that this great city deserves.
We need to be able to get to these jobs, so infrastructure will be essential, while also helping boost job growth numbers. Expanding the public transportation will be vital, allowing more people to get to the parts of town where they work without increasing our already questionable traffic patterns. We may want to expand the greenways and bike friendly routes, as every rider on the road is another out of a car. Keeping our focus on the future and making sure we have the funds to maintain the major arteries through town. As we and our car tires can attest, potholes are a nasty problem and may not be on the forefront of everyone’s concerns, until it is too late.
To achieve our goals we are going to have to work together, and that means that our elected officials are going to have to find a way to put their political hostility aside. We have seen that one side’s voice is not going to be loud enough to be heard by the masses. We need to find a unified message, speak together, and create awareness inside of those who may not have been paying close attention in the past. The power is and always will be with the people, we need to bring them together rather than split them apart. It is in the best interest of the entire community!
3. What do you love about Colorado Springs?
There is a lot to love about Colorado Springs but the sheer beauty of this part of the country is something truly amazing. We are lucky to live in such a stunning area that allows us to take advantage of the great outdoors, no matter what day of the year. Along with that is the sense of community, it’s not often that you are in a place as large as Colorado Springs but feel the warmth of a small town. Your neighbors are welcoming and genuinely concerned for your best interest, while always willing to lend a helping hand. I think a lot of that has to do with the strong faith that this community has and its ability to rally together behind than something bigger than themselves.
4. What would you change about Colorado Springs?
I think about this question, just like I think about my history, I wouldn’t change a thing but I would hope that we can learn from the mistakes we made in the past and grow from them. Every day is an opportunity to be better than yesterday and we need to ensure that we are taking advantage of that. That and the craters we have in the middle of our streets!
5. Would you ever consider running for office in Colorado Springs?
I have persistently had a passion for those who serve in office but always thought of myself as a behind the scenes kind of guy. That being said, if there was a push from the public for me to be that voice, I would feel grateful and obliged. No matter who is running, I think the most important factor is that they have the support of the public and a unified voice. We need to work on finding out what that message is and who we are going to elect to make sure it is heard.