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Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

Last week, an extraordinary thing happened in El Paso County! Citizens, working alongside their locally elected officials, local government staff members, business leaders, military representatives, nonprofit representatives and more, all brought to fruition a collaborative proposal to tackle our region’s long-standing, complex flooding and stormwater management problem. This is no small accomplishment. Stormwater management is… Continue Reading Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

More than 4,000 names are on a list to obtain affordable housing (2013 Quality of Life Indicators). A few years ago, Martha (not her real name) and her granddaughter lived in a dangerous neighborhood in El Paso County, with high crime and drugs. She feared for her grandchild’s safety, well-being and her education. Martha’s name… Continue Reading List is long of those needing affordable housing

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Five factors for being a ‘bankable’ business

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In the literal sense, every business is “bankable,” but understanding what a bank is looking for from business owners is crucial for the relationship to be successful for both participants. Knowing what it means to be “bankable” will help navigate the waters of applying for a loan and serve as a useful tool in preparing… Continue Reading Five factors for being a ‘bankable’ business

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Is incivility making your workplace toxic?

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The flip side of the “jobless recovery” is increased stress for those who still have jobs. Workers are being asked to do more with fewer resources than ever before. There is a disconnect between what employees need and what employers think they need. Incivility is epidemic. Workplace incivility aggravates every other workplace problem. It is… Continue Reading Is incivility making your workplace toxic?

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Weighing the factors that influence investing

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When is the right time to invest in growth? That’s a multi-million dollar question constantly examined by business executives looking to invest in new equipment, new office space or a new market. Federal policy has kept interest rates at or near historic lows since the start of the housing collapse and The Great Recession. Those… Continue Reading Weighing the factors that influence investing

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Stormwater: not acceptable in current form

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Our stormwater infrastructure funding requirements have been identified: We are being told we will need around $800 million to accomplish them. A group of citizens called the Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force has come up with a proposal to fund and manage this work. The Colorado Springs City Council and El Paso County commissioners generally… Continue Reading Stormwater: not acceptable in current form

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Do you ever wonder what kind of legacy you will leave behind? Will it be material possessions, your family business or your reputation? Will it be the charities you supported and your servant leadership that will be honored and duplicated in generations to follow? The Apostle Paul said, “Each of you should give what you… Continue Reading How to multiply your legacy by transformational giving

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Stormwater ballot issue the best solution

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The current hostility between Mayor Steve Bach and City Council is divisive, disruptive and counterproductive to the future well-being of Colorado Springs. It is inhibiting our community’s efforts to move forward economically because our city leadership can’t agree on a common game plan. It is seriously damaging our ability to repair long-neglected infrastructure because we… Continue Reading Stormwater ballot issue the best solution

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Springs’ economic preamble to our future

By Tom Binnings Summit Economics Colorado Springs has reached a critical moment in its economic history. This moment is similar in profile to the city’s founding in the 1870s, the Gold Rush around 1900, then World War II followed by the Cold War, and finally the growth of high-tech manufacturing and information technology in the… Continue Reading Springs’ economic preamble to our future

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Philharmonic provides free concert tickets to kids

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic announced Free for Kids, a new initiative making performances available and more accessible to young people and their families, beginning Aug. 15. Made possible in part by the GE Johnson Construction Company, the philharmonic will give free tickets to young people ages 7-17 when accompanied by a regular-price adult ticket (up to… Continue Reading Philharmonic provides free concert tickets to kids

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