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As the year of 2013 began, we were hearing regularly about a potentially huge windfall for the Colorado Springs economy, with an impact substantial enough to change our local governments’ outlook for the future. Just two quarters later, we enter July fully realizing that the supposed promise of an economic boom created by oil and… Continue Reading Drilling aside, what could help city coffers?

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One on One: Smith brings plans to new role at Penrose

Jameson “Jamie” Smith has a specific philosophy in mind as he leads hospital operations for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services’ two local campuses: a culture of caring. Smith has been at Penrose-St. Francis for more than five years, and started as its chief operating officer. Today, he’s the senior vice president and chief administrative officer, a… Continue Reading One on One: Smith brings plans to new role at Penrose

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Do you have a major civic initiative tucked away in a drawer somewhere? Would you like to roll it out and get Springs residents so excited about it that they’ll fund it with their tax dollars? The template is simple. You gather a group of core supporters who share your enthusiasm for the project. You… Continue Reading Questions equal to dreams in City for Champions plan

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City rolls four projects into tourism proposal

Before an umbrella-toting crowd of about 50 community leaders, downtown advocates and media representatives, Mayor Steve Bach formally revealed a few details Monday of the city’s forthcoming application for up to $82 million in funds from the Colorado Regional Tourism Act. In partnership with El Pomar Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority and the Anschutz Foundation,… Continue Reading City rolls four projects into tourism proposal

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Developers divided on Academy

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Editor’s note: The southeastern portion of Colorado Springs has had its challenges economically. The Academy corridor project highlights different ways the city of Colorado Springs can help. But just how and how much should the city be involved? This concludes a two-part series looking at the Academy corridor and government incentives for business. Government should… Continue Reading Developers divided on Academy

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Despite a Division of Insurance edict prohibiting health care discrimination based on transgender status, the problem still persists in the state. Kelly Costello was denied coverage for surgery that allowed him to transition from a woman to a man, just as the state was saying those denials are no longer allowed. And Nicole Garcia has… Continue Reading Transgender discrimination persists despite state ruling

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Employment gains identified

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The latest jobs report, released June 30, showed overall gains in employment. Total non-farm payroll employment increased by 195,000 in June. Increases were in leisure, hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, health care and financial activities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “The economy is producing jobs, but they are, generally speaking,… Continue Reading Employment gains identified

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Marian House seeks donations

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The Marian House Soup Kitchen, part of Catholic Charities, is asking for donations of beef, especially hamburger. The soup kitchen, which serves more than 600 meals a day to people who are the working poor, elderly, disabled and homeless, cannot get the meat through it’s normal supply chain. The soup kitchen is looking for professionally… Continue Reading Marian House seeks donations

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Fireworks displays allowed in city celebrations after all

First the fireworks were on – then they were cancelled. Finally, thanks to higher-than-expected levels of rain, they were back on again. The city decided that public fireworks displays in approved locations would be allowed for the Independence Day celebrations. The displays adhered to the fire code through the fire marshal’s office and all conditions… Continue Reading Fireworks displays allowed in city celebrations after all

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Colorado’s energy sector is experiencing some pullbacks during the month of June, according to the latest economic data, but its construction industry continues to expand. The Goss Institute for Economic Research says Colorado’s economy is still healthy, but has seen some declines last month. “The increase in the value of the U.S. dollar and the… Continue Reading Colorado’s energy sector slows, construction surges

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