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I don’t attend a lot of events in my official capacity as city councilman. I hope most of the hosts don’t take it personally. Not an evening or morning or lunch hour would be free if I made it a habit. And the dry cleaning bills would gobble up my fat council paycheck. I probably… Continue Reading Chamber has lost its way with pot position

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Broad participation needed for 6035 success

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By Phil Lane If you look up the word “renaissance,” you find “rebirth” or “revitalization.” The renaissance, as a period of history, ran from the 14th to 17th centuries, when the arts, culture and science underwent a rebirth and again began to flourish. A central theme to this time period was that communities began a… Continue Reading Broad participation needed for 6035 success

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‘Energizers’ create sense of urgency

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Leaders in all industries are discovering that energy plays a critical role in individual, team and organizational performance. As leadership expert Richard Neslund puts it, “Energy is the fuel that powers the engines of performance.” Consider this: Researchers from IBM’s Institute for Knowledge-Based Management, the University of Michigan, and the University of Virginia collaboratively studied… Continue Reading ‘Energizers’ create sense of urgency

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NASCAR fans better at economics than most

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As an economist dealing with public policy issues, and teaching business and economics classes at the graduate level, I often wonder why some people grasp basic economic principles while others don’t. After explaining the economics of a policy issue, for example, it’s not unusual for a student to say, “But I feel differently.” Indeed, from… Continue Reading NASCAR fans better at economics than most

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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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