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Last week, the El Paso County Commissioners voted to buy parts of the former Intel facility at Corporate Ridge on Garden of the Gods Road. They plan to move most service-oriented county offices there in September. While aspects of this purchase are excellent, too little attention has been paid to the site selected and to… Continue Reading County’s planned move to Intel needs refining

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Authority, power and influence

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No one becomes a fully mature leader overnight. We all develop our leadership potential over time through exposure to increased responsibilities, frequent leadership experiences, and unfortunately, repeated failures. Although there are many different paths to leadership, there seems to be a predictable path that all of us go through to becoming a fully developed, and… Continue Reading Authority, power and influence

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The risks of misguided prohibitions

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President Obama rolled out the big guns in late May and early June against the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. First, the administration turned to Hollywood. Movie director James Cameron was brought in on June 1, along with various scientists and experts, to brainstorm on how to plug the oil leak. Why Cameron? Well, he’s… Continue Reading The risks of misguided prohibitions

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In today’s knowledge and technology-driven economy, companies thinking of relocating are looking for cities with a highly skilled work force.  An essential ingredient, therefore, of economic development of a region is the retention of young professionals. As the economic downturn drags on, we are losing more and more of our talented workers, especially the younger… Continue Reading Commentary: 10 ideas on how to stop our ‘brain drain’

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I should have one of those “got here as fast as I could” stickers on my car, even though I didn’t arrive until I was almost 30. But Colorado Springs has got me by the heartstrings. It isn’t just that my kids were born here and that one still lives here, or that the weather… Continue Reading Replace concrete ghettos with more open space

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I have argued for what I call “simple rules” for economic development. For the most part, these rules are non-prescriptive, but they do advocate limited actions by public officials. Yet many of us want to do something to promote the economic development of the region. We have pent-up energy and some financial resources to direct… Continue Reading Let’s avoid boom-to-bust strategies

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Entrepreneurship in a down economy

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Economic growth and job creation overwhelmingly are about entrepreneurs and investors willing to undertake the risks that come with starting up and expanding businesses. The U.S. economy, of course, started to turn down in December 2007, with matters getting far worse when the credit meltdown fully hit in the latter part of 2008. After the… Continue Reading Entrepreneurship in a down economy

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Making the most of your matrix

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You can’t get there from here. Either you’re in a vertical or a horizontal. Some are in a diagonal. At one company I recently worked with, the matrix is three-dimensional. There are hard-line relationships and dotted-line relationships. And, most would admit, there are gaps — everywhere. So, like the popular movie series after the same… Continue Reading Making the most of your matrix

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Constitution fix will need strong leader

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Imagine a lovely home made out of wood. On the surface, the house looks beautiful, but, underground, termites are eating away at the foundation. The occupants of the house are unaware of the termites and the damage that is taking place. If nothing is done, at some point in the future, the house will collapse.… Continue Reading Constitution fix will need strong leader

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When the scourge of discrimination rears its ugly head and a person or group is denied equal treatment because of their race, disability, or religious affiliation — or for no particular trait at all — victims in most cities know the best place to go is their city’s Human Relations Commission. They can plead their… Continue Reading Revive the Human Rights Commission

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