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Springs? buying power improving
<br> A study by Old Dominion University in Virginia ranked Colorado Springs 77th in the nation for ?buying power,? jumping 41 spots from the previous study. Colorado Springs was the most improved among the Colorado areas in the study. Buying power is an adjusted per capita income value that reflects an area?s cost of living.
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<br>EDC exceeds job-creation goals
<br> In a record-setting year, the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. has announced 5,470 jobs year-to-date. Its goal for 2000 is 2,000 jobs. Its closing ratio is 73 percent (goal ? 50 percent). Prospects hailed primarily from California (20 percent) and the Northeast (17 percent). Forty-one percent of prospects came from consultants, with 63 percent being office users and 30 percent manufacturers.
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<br>City Council seeks citizen volunteers
<br> The Colorado Springs City Council seeks citizens to fill vacancies on several boards and commissions. Of particular note, there are vacancies on the Committee on Competitiveness in City Government. Interested parties may obtain a detailed information packet in Suite 400 of the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. Vacancies also exist for citizens at large for the School/Park Fee Advisory Committee; Loan Review Committee; City Investment Advisory Committee; Liquor and Beer Licensing Board. Vacancies exist for individuals with specific qualifications: Fire Board of Appeals: a building contractor; Truck Route Committee: a home owner; Global Advisory Council of the Mayor and City Council: a media/public relations representative, a sports representative, and a business/industry representative; Stetson Hills Special Improvement Maintenance District Advisory Committee: taxable real property owners within the district. Applications should be sent by Dec. 8 to City Council, P. O. Box 1575, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. For more information call Nancy Bramwell, 385-5453.
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<br>Cripple Creek casinos hit jackpot
<br> The Midnight Rose Hotel and Casino in Cripple Creek has been honored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for a 73-percent reduction in worker compensation claims as a result of their participation in a joint partnership program. The Midnight Rose is one of eight members of the Cripple Creek Casino Association (CCCA), which is operating for the second year of a three year partnership with OSHA.
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<br>Stageco to provide staging for ski races
<br> Downhill ski racing returns to Aspen this November when the women?s Super G and slalom races take place on the Ajax course at Aspen Ski Resort Nov. 24-27. Stageco U.S. Inc. has been contracted by Aspen Skiing Co. to provide several structures for the viewing and broadcast of these races. On Dec. 2 and 3 the World Cup Men?s Downhill and Super G events will be held at Beaver Creek Ski Resort in Avon, Colo. Stageco U.S. Inc. will also provide staging services for this event.
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<br>Consumer price index rises in West
<br> Consumer prices in the 13 westernmost states increased 0.3 percent in October. Higher housing costs were largely responsible for the monthly increase, according to Bob Gaddie, regional commissioner for the U.S. Department of Labor?s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past 12 months, overall prices have increased 4.0 percent in the West, making it the largest over-the-year percentage increase since September 1991 (4.3 percent). The all-items ? less food and energy ? index, or ?core rate,? advanced 3.2 percent during the same period. Year to date, the all-items index increased 3.9 percent compared to 2.8 percent for the 10 months of 1999.
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<br>C.S. Utilities gives monies to nonprofits
<br> Colorado Springs Utilities? charitable and employee-volunteer program, the Community Focus Fund (CFF), will disburse $82,300 among 17 local nonprofit organizations. CFF makes allocations throughout the year to local organizations serving specific segments, including housing and community; environment, health and safety; youth and education; and senior citizens.
<br> For information about how to apply for future grant monies, call 668-3800 or visit www.csu.org.