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Blue Star’s people: motivated workforce

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Blue Star’s people: motivated workforce

By Rhonda Van Pelt Many of us recycle paper, cans and bottles, and feel proud of ourselves. Blue Star Recyclers is waaay ahead in the “something to be proud of” sweepstakes — this nonprofit recycles people. CEO Bill Morris likes to say he was one of the first to benefit from the program he co-founded… Continue Reading Blue Star’s people: motivated workforce

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As the midterm election results are digested, and we prepare for the onslaught of the 2016 elections, perhaps thinking about political economy is a more fruitful exercise than separating the two domains of our lives, the economy and politics. The idea that the economy has nothing to do with politics is untenable, even in the… Continue Reading Applying lessons in a political economy

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This marks the 95th year that our nation celebrates Veterans Day, originally remembered as Armistice Day. It seems appropriate to think back to the early days of this commemoration as our nation continues to shrink its military forces to the lowest levels since before World War II. Despite the withdrawal of ground forces from Iraq,… Continue Reading Colorado Springs has much to appreciate on Veterans Day

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Positive placemaking continues downtown

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When we set out to start Colorado Springs Urban Intervention, it was a response to the negative conversation that has put a dark cloud over our community. There seems to be this opinion that nothing can get done for the benefit of our community unless it is being sparked by government or has major funding.… Continue Reading Positive placemaking continues downtown

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We are committed at Kaiser Permanente to providing high-quality health care close to home. In Southern Colorado, this mission extends from the outpatient primary care delivered in our Briargate and Pueblo North medical offices to inpatient hospital care. Kaiser Permanente does not own any hospitals in Colorado. Instead, we collaborate with several outstanding systems throughout… Continue Reading Kaiser works with hospitals on collaborative efforts

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This year we have seen a huge increase in reported data breaches within corporate America. Large companies such as Target, Home Depot, P.F. Chang’s and Jimmy John’s have had their systems “hacked” and data stolen — causing millions of dollars of damage. While news channels focus on these attention-worthy sound bites, the real potential catastrophe… Continue Reading Data breach insurance matters more in today’s world

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Economic perspectives on stormwater

By Tom Binnings Senior Partner at Summit Economics   As an economist who is seriously concerned about the trajectory of our local economy, I was pleased to hear Tom Zwirlein of UCCS advocate for passing the Stormwater 1B initiative at the Southern Colorado Economic Forum last week. While I was greatly enthused with Dr. Zwirlein’s… Continue Reading Economic perspectives on stormwater

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Much like the shift from employer pension plans to 401(k) retirement plans not so long ago, we are now seeing an accelerating shift in our health care system from a defined benefit model to a defined contribution model with many employers. This is impacting every facet of the industry including employers, employees, brokers, agents and… Continue Reading Great shift: Defined benefit to defined contribution

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Time is appropriate for reflection, action

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Every businessperson knows there isn’t enough time to think through decisions, that time for reflection isn’t usually scheduled during a hectic week. The Jewish High Holidays are just that kind of time, asking us to stop and reflect, in a span of 10 days, on what happened last year and what we hope to accomplish… Continue Reading Time is appropriate for reflection, action

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By Tatiana Bailey Southern Colorado Economic Forum The state of Colorado stands out as one of the superstars in the otherwise prolonged and anemic recovery. Colorado is ranked No. 4 in the nation in the “State Economic Activity Index” from 2012 to April 2014, according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, and is almost tied with… Continue Reading Let’s build on the state’s momentum

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