COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A push to revitalized downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City just got stronger. Volunteers will be in both areas helping shoppers get to know local shops and restaurants.
Business owners in Old Colorado City said they have seen the positive impact the Ambassador program has in fostering a shop local mentality.
"They are very helpful, and as they tell people what is in the stores along the way maybe that helps people decide to go shop there," said Dave Van Ness, the executive director of the Old Colorado City Associates.
The ambassadors are easy to spot. They wear red vests that say 'Ambassador' in the back., and they carry maps and other sources of information.
One Ambassador volunteer said he is part of the program because shopping local is something that is important to him.
"I really like the town. And since I like the town and found out about the program, I though it was one thing I could do that would help to promote Colorado Springs," said John Lonergan.
The volunteers will be in Old Colorado City and downtown Colorado Springs noon to 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays until Dec. 4.
The Ambassador program is done as a partnership among the Colorado Springs Police Department, the Colorado Springs Fire Department, and business associations in both Old Colorado City and downtown Colorado Springs.