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Draper: Perfect fit for Regional Business Alliance

Four months ago, when the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance began looking for a new president and CEO, the group’s leaders promised a thorough search that would focus on finding the best candidate — preferably someone already in our midst. That, plus the RBA setting up a selection committee to come up with possible options,… Continue Reading Draper: Perfect fit for Regional Business Alliance

Sometimes you never know when a driving trip for a vacation might provide a totally unexpected benefit. But that’s exactly what happened when a recent multi-state journey included passing through southwest Missouri and specifically the city of Springfield. For those who haven’t been there, Springfield is that state’s third-largest city with about 170,000 residents and… Continue Reading I-25/Fillmore concept works

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Don’t believe all those statistics

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Perhaps the most confusing business story of 2015 so far was the recent word from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, saying final revisions of local economic barometers — due in mid-March — likely will indicate the Colorado Springs area added about 6,000 jobs in 2014. That statistic, if true, would mean a hefty… Continue Reading Don’t believe all those statistics

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Let the game come to you

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What do coaches say to teams when things seem out of synch, when players are struggling, doing their best but somehow not clicking? The effort may be there, but the results aren’t. “Let the game come to you.” If you’ve ever played a team sport, you’ve heard those words. Your coach sees that you’re not… Continue Reading Let the game come to you

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The Field of Council Dreams is set, and the race has officially begun — so welcome to our messy, chaotic, wonderfully democratic and deeply satisfying city elections. On April 7, we’ll vote to choose three candidates among 13 aspirants for at-large seats on City Council. In addition, voters in District 2 can choose between Kanda… Continue Reading Build your own government

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We need real money for stormwater

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At its Jan. 24 meeting, the Colorado Springs City Council approved a stormwater resolution presented by Councilor Jan Martin. The plan calls for an annual total of $19 million in designated stormwater funding, beginning in 2016. This number assumes $8 million will be available annually from funds now used to pay principal and interest on… Continue Reading We need real money for stormwater

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The challenges of investing in our family

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There’s no money to support economic development. We need money for stormwater, roads and bridges. Why should I give City Hall more money when they waste the taxes we pay?  These are the assertions I hear around our family dinner table, requiring us to gain perspective. In anthropological economics, the concept of societal surplus refers… Continue Reading The challenges of investing in our family

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Snider’s exit not good for city

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True to his low-key form, Val Snider decided last week to break some news in a different way — on his Facebook page. With no fanfare, Snider made known his decision not to pursue a second term on the Colorado Springs City Council. Snider, a retired Air Force major with a lengthy resumé of civic… Continue Reading Snider’s exit not good for city

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As regular Business Journal readers can confirm, it’s not our usual practice on this page to editorialize about national political issues, for reasons that should be obvious. But this will have to be an exception, after President Barack Obama announced his backing for a plan that, in concept, would create two years of free tuition… Continue Reading Let’s check out Tennessee’s idea

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Legislators seek common ground

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Perhaps it was the calm before the storm, but we were encouraged by how civil the state’s lawmakers acted leading into the Legislature’s 2015 session, which convened Wednesday. Yes, there will be friction over the next four months as the General Assembly works on the state budget and numerous other proposals, given how close the… Continue Reading Legislators seek common ground

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