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City responds to media policy criticism

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It is apparent by the recent opinion piece in the CSBJ, that the intentions behind having a media policy for the city are being misconstrued. Let me be clear that the policy does not, and never did, prohibit our employees from talking to the media. Being transparent and having an appropriate media policy in a… Continue Reading City responds to media policy criticism

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By Sean Paige Critics may contend that the less-than-scandalous findings of the first-ever “performance audit” of the Economic Development Corp. mean it was a waste of time and money, which unnecessarily called the group’s reputation into question. As someone who helped put the process in motion — and who reads much more into the report… Continue Reading Auditor’s report on EDC numbers tells many tales

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By Teresa Carson Savvy business executives don’t like to leave money on the table, but few are taking advantage of big tax breaks available to companies located in Enterprise Zones. The EZ program provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate, expand and invest in areas of the state that are designated “economically distressed.” The… Continue Reading Many businesses unaware of Enterprise Zone credits

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By Robert S. “Sam” Arthur Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons Regardless of your personal views on the issues of medical marijuana, it is clear that the growing and dispensing of MMJ has impacted the real estate market in Denver and the Front Range. As the retail and warehouse real estate markets became more depressed over the… Continue Reading Marijuana holds risk for both lenders and landlords

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What is the relationship between public health and health care in our community? The answer is “partnership.” The overall health of our community depends on collaborative efforts between El Paso County Public Health (population focused) and our local health care providers (patient focused). Both public health and medical providers offer programs and services that address… Continue Reading Public health, medicine is an essential partnership

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There is no shortage of opinions about the impact of Federal health care reform. For those of us who own or manage businesses, opinions are terrific material for water cooler speculation, but the real challenge we must face is to understand the practical impact of health care reform on our businesses, the people we employ… Continue Reading Exchange bill needs businesses’ support

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Sustainability trip shows opportunity

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By Heather Kelly Sustainability is no longer a fringe issue — it’s big business. Mix increased demand for resources with limited supply and the economic risks and opportunities become clear. With the stakes this high, most Fortune 100 companies already have C-level sustainability staff whose job goes well beyond compliance to value creation and innovation.… Continue Reading Sustainability trip shows opportunity

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27th Annual Space Symposium a success

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By Elliot Pulham The Space Foundation just wrapped up the National Space Symposium — the 27th held here in Colorado Springs — and, although I didn’t think it possible after last year, we outdid ourselves again. The potential government shutdown cost us a few government speakers and attendees, but everything else came off spectacularly. We… Continue Reading 27th Annual Space Symposium a success

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Taking Exception: Why Academy Blvd. plan works

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By Dave Munger and Stephannie Finley As major stakeholders in the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets project, we disagree with the Business Journal’s Feb. 4 opinion article Academy Boulevard Plans Need to be Reworked; particularly with its premise that this corridor should not be made a focus of community re-investment over the next decades. The… Continue Reading Taking Exception: Why Academy Blvd. plan works

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Memorial’s best path: As a nonprofit

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By James Moore The recent City Council decision to defer a vote on the future of Memorial Health System is prudent and one the board of trustees of Memorial supports. There are many misunderstandings about Memorial Health System and what an ownership change would really mean for our community. To be fair, health care is… Continue Reading Memorial’s best path: As a nonprofit

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