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The stereotype for retirement is fishing, gardening, horseback riding or playing golf — and not doing much else. The classic idea of retirement as a life of uninterrupted leisure is evolving. With people living longer, they’re more active in early retirement, and many choose to focus this energy on a retirement lifestyle much different from… Continue Reading How much will you need to enjoy your retirement?

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How vital is your neighborhood to your well-being? How would you describe your neighborhood to someone looking to relocate? How would you rate your neighborhood’s social, physical and economic climate? Economic — Are there businesses located within a few miles of your home? Do you have choices for going out to eat nearby? Are you… Continue Reading Let’s plan together for a sustainable future

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Small business owners are bottom-line oriented. They make decisions based on what makes financial sense. More times than not, however, doing right by their employees is just as important as the almighty dollar in the decision-making process. Small employers know a positive work environment means increased productivity, which in turn improves their bottom line. This… Continue Reading Colorado small business owners say raise the wage

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Whose great ideas are those, after all?

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Our Constitution guarantees some protection for inventions to provide incentives for geniuses of all stripes. By now the protection of patents and copyrights has become a legal industry under the catch-all phrase “intellectual property.” The question remains, should one’s ideas be legally protected against infringement? Is it fair for me to use someone else’s ideas… Continue Reading Whose great ideas are those, after all?

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Kaiser Permanente is unique in Southern Colorado in that we function as a health insurer and a health care provider. This integrated system allows us to provide our members with affordable, high-quality care. Patient care delivery is led by the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, a team of more than 1,000 physicians serving as the “Permanente”… Continue Reading Kaiser developing relationships with local physicians

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Drake: No talk about premature death?

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Recently the Regional Business Alliance hosted a panel discussion on Martin Drake Power Plant’s future. It wasn’t a shock that nobody spoke in depth about available alternatives to coal-powered energy production, but I was genuinely surprised that nearly no attention was paid to the pollution Drake emits onto our 600,000-plus residents, employees, students and visitors.… Continue Reading Drake: No talk about premature death?

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Let’s be serious about economic development

In many communities, economic development is viewed as an investment in the community’s future. Economic development can be viewed in several different ways, from encouraging an entrepreneurial and startup-friendly business environment to actively recruiting larger companies to relocate to our region. Communities across the country see economic development as a requirement to remain competitive in… Continue Reading Let’s be serious about economic development

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The year of 2013 was momentous for charitable giving. With growth at nearly 5 percent, last year represented the largest year-over-year increase in giving since the Great Recession. Wealth advisors have been taking an increasingly active role in providing research to their clients when it comes to finding the right philanthropic organizations they can support.… Continue Reading Wealth management teams help in charitable giving

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Here’s some great news for the pragmatic idealists out there: It is cheaper to provide housing and support to assist someone out of homelessness than it is to leave them on the street. In case you’re a bit behind on a decade of data, here are just a few examples. Denver’s Housing First Collaborative reported… Continue Reading Let’s consider the true cost of homelessness

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Apartment rents soar in northern Colorado

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Apartment rents soar in northern Colorado

Rents in Colorado rose statewide during the first quarter of 2014, with the statewide average rent hitting a new fourth-quarter high of $1,026. According to a report released this week by the Colorado Division of Housing, the average rent during the first quarter was up 8 percent from last year’s first-quarter average rent of $950,… Continue Reading Apartment rents soar in northern Colorado

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