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During the Cold War, there was the threat of nuclear attack. In the Internet Age, there is the threat of cyberattack. Cheyenne Mountain and the North America Aerospace Defense Command once were targeted by the Soviets, and by extension Colorado Springs was considered a “collateral damage” casualty. The continued importance of NORAD was demonstrated just… Continue Reading City could become Ground Zero of a cyberwar

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Let’s be sensible on hot issues

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As the year of 2013 arrives, the Colorado Springs area faces two uncertain matters that must be addressed in the weeks and months ahead. Trouble is, both of them qualify as hot-button issues, far more volatile than filling potholes or maintaining parks. In fact, these two agenda items have become questions for each end of… Continue Reading Let’s be sensible on hot issues

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New hires, implementing a newly created vision and even more interaction with local industry top the list of things to expect from the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance in the next year. Created in early 2012, the Business Alliance is the result of a merger between the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the… Continue Reading Business Alliance leaders expecting year of action

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Residential real estate: 2013 could be good year

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After at least four years of slow sales and Realtors getting out of the game, the residential real estate market made a turn in 2012 that brokers are hopeful can be sustained in 2013. “Man. I wish I had my crystal ball,” said Joe Clement, broker owner of Re/Max Properties. “But if it continues like… Continue Reading Residential real estate: 2013 could be good year

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Developers to bring on new lots in 2013

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New home construction heated up in 2012 and most in the industry expect that the building will continue into 2013. The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department issued 2,022 single-family building permits in the first 10 months of the year. There were more single-family permits issued in El Paso County this year than in any other… Continue Reading Developers to bring on new lots in 2013

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On Jan. 7, City Council will hear a proposal that might please the nine members — especially those who will continue in office after April 15, when a newly elected Council will be sworn in. A group of community leaders and media heavyweights (apparently including both Independent publisher John Weiss and Gazette editorial page editor… Continue Reading City Council: Chance for a raise?

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There was a lot of energy behind trying to create a downtown renaissance in 2012 — and advocates say to expect that energy to continue building in 2013. “The single biggest thing is going to be hiring a new CEO for the Downtown Partnership,” said Hannah Parsons, interim executive director. “Whoever it is will make… Continue Reading Downtown looks for apartments, new Partnership CEO in 2013

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On the Horizon – December 29, 2012

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Jan. 9 Buzz with the B’s The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado will host Buzz with the B’s, a quarterly breakfast to give businesses an opportunity to discuss current issues, trends and provide a forum for a fresh flow of ideas. It will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Trinity Brewing Company, 1466… Continue Reading On the Horizon – December 29, 2012

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Kudos! – December 28, 2012

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Mayor honors volunteer with Spirit of the Springs Award Mayor Steve Bach presented the Spirit of the Springs Award to Dave Bullock. When the board members of the Festival of Lights found out that they would not have access to the North Pole Sleigh, Bullock, a staff member of U.S. Olympic Training Center, volunteered to… Continue Reading Kudos! – December 28, 2012

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Denver businessman buys local Lawn Doctor store

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Denver businessman Brent Harl, who helped grow Bruegger’s Bagels in Colorado during the 1990s, has bought the Colorado Springs Lawn Doctor store, making it his 17th location in the state. Harl bought his first Lawn Doctor franchise, which specializes in fertilization, weed and insect control, in 1998. Since then he’s purchased existing Lawn Doctor businesses… Continue Reading Denver businessman buys local Lawn Doctor store

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