Business Briefs – 12/30/2005

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LPP seeking community leadership nominations

Leadership Pikes Peak will host the annual “A Celebration of Community Leadership” and leadership awards presentation on Feb. 25.

Nominations are being sought in the following categories:

Community Inspiration Leadership Award: recognizes a Leadership Pikes Peak graduate for exemplary volunteer efforts, leading a community effort for a nonprofit organization in the Pikes Peak region

Modeling the Way Community Leadership Award: recognizes a Leadership Pikes Peak graduate whose community leadership in his or her personal and professional life has inspired family, friends, colleagues or community members to get involved – this person is a team builder or a coalition//collaboration builder.

Makepeace Community Trustee Award: recognizes an individual whose sustained community leadership has had a lasting impact on a broad segment of the Pikes Peak region. The award is named after former mayor and LPP executive director Marylou Makepeace. The recipient should have demonstrated the most exemplary and sustained commitment to community trusteeship.

Nominations must be received by Jan. 11 and should be limited to two pages (the nomination form, which is available at, and a one-page narrative). Additional letters of support from others are welcome.

Submissions should be mailed to Leadership Pikes Peak, P.O. Box 128, Colorado Springs, CO 80901, faxed to 632-5391 or e-mailed to

For more information, call 632-2618 or e-mail

New courthouse entrance opening Jan. 3

The main lobby area of the El Paso County Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex is scheduled to open Jan. 3.

The lobby will service the old courthouse section, which will be known as the south tower, and the new section, which will be known as the west tower. This will be the only public entryway. The current entrance on the south side of the complex will be closed.

The lobby will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The remainder of the courthouse addition is scheduled to open March 6. The parking garage for the courthouse complex at the corner of Costilla and Tejon streets is scheduled to open in August.

COSMIX completes Holland Park noise wall

The Colorado Springs Metro Interstate Expansion project has completed the Holland Park neighborhood noise barrier. The half-mile long wall stands an average of 16 feet high, took about four months to complete and used 1,100 cubic yards of cement.

The wall is on the west side of Interstate 25 between Ellston Street and Garden of the Gods Road. Rockrimmon Constructors started work on the wall in mid-July.

For more information about COSMIX, visit

Institutional Investor ranks top research firms

For a second year, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. has been selected as the top independent investment research provider by Institutional Investor magazine.

The firm was ranked in 26 categories and earned first place in 19.

To identify the top independent research providers, the magazine asked institutional money managers to name the three sources of independent U.S. equity research they had found most valuable in 71 sectors during the preceding 12 months. The magazine also asked analysts and portfolio managers at investment firms to name their top choices for the boutique or regional firm that produced the best research in those sectors.

Among boutiques and regional firms, two firms lead the way, each winning in five categories. FTN Midwest Securities Corp, based in Cleveland, earned top honors in food, health care facilities, machinery, retailing/broadlines and department stores and retailing and food and drug chains; FTN also had five first-place finishes in 2004.

New York’s Keefe, Bruyette & Woods dominated the financial services sectors, capturing the top spot in banks/large cap, banks/mid cap, brokers and asset managers, mortgage finance and specialty finance. In 2004, KBW won in four categories.

Boston-based health care specialist Leerink Swann & Co. leads four sectors: biotechnology, medical supplies and devices, pharmaceuticals/major and pharmaceuticals/specialty.

New York–based Fulcrum Global Partners won in cable and satellite, chemicals/commodity and entertainment; and Houston-based energy boutique Simmons & Co. International walked away with the integrated oil, oil and gas exploration and production and oil services and equipment categories.

Among independent firms, Fulcrum took top honors in five categories. Buckingham Research Group, also based in New York, placed in seven categories and captured two No. 1 slots. International Strategy & Investment Group, Portales Partners and Precursor each placed in four categories.

For a complete listing of the winners, visit

More land added to Fort Carson buffer zone

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners has approved the purchase of 400 acres in the Rancho Colorado area adjacent to the eastern border of Fort Carson.

The land acquisition is designed to secure a non-residential buffer zone so that military activities will not be compromised. While the land will be held by the county, the $2.3 million purchase price will be allocated from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The contract is the second phase of a larger project to protect the eastern boundary of Fort Carson from encroachment of residential development. The goal is to discourage development within a mile-and-a-half “buffer zone” near the Army post. Land will only be purchased from willing sellers and no county money will be used for acquisition.