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Neumann resigns as chief of staff, Cox returns to prior role

Chief of Staff/Chief Administrative Officer Laura Neumann has resigned her position with the City of Colorado Springs, effective March 1. She will be replaced by her predecessor Steve Cox. Cox retired in 2012 after serving as Fire Chief, interim city manager, Chief of Staff and Chief of Economic Vitality. He originally began his career with… Continue Reading Neumann resigns as chief of staff, Cox returns to prior role

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When President Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for a fourth term in 1944, his campaign seized on an old country aphorism to use as his re-election theme: “Don’t change horses in midstream!” But as every businessperson knows, different tasks require different skill sets. A company’s charismatic founder may not be the person to take the mundane,… Continue Reading Bach’s challenge – assemble folks to sell C4C

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Radical idea for financing C4C’s projects

As debates go, the ongoing discussion over how to finance the City for Champions downtown projects quickly boils down to a few questions. Will Colorado Springs taxpayers have to foot part of the bill? Would that mean a public vote by city residents? And if they don’t, who will provide the tens of millions in… Continue Reading Radical idea for financing C4C’s projects

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State Rep. Bob Gardner, himself a veteran of many political wars, doesn’t mind sharing his view of the battle going on now inside the Colorado Springs city government. “The mayor has fought with two successive Councils,” Gardner said of Steve Bach, “so the responsibility for fighting is the mayor’s.” The four-term state legislator was an… Continue Reading Regardless of blame, city needs peace treaty now

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As Colorado Springs watches, county’s first retail shops could open by April. On Jan. 21, the Manitou Springs City Council voted on a second reading of an ordinance to allow two retail marijuana stores to operate within a narrowly defined commercial area of the city. Since the Council passed the ordinance on first presentation by… Continue Reading Manitou set to own pot market

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Emails shed light on dismissed Council employee

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Thanks to a CORA request filed by Colorado Springs media, the city has released all emails to, from, or regarding George Culpepper, the recently hired and abruptly terminated Council legislative assistant. Most of them are routine workplace communications (e.g., “George, your IPhone and IPad are ready for you to pick up.”), but some may give… Continue Reading Emails shed light on dismissed Council employee

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Hoff & Leigh expands nationally, with ‘unique’ proposition

Founded in 1987 by Colorado Springs real estate brokers Bob Hoff and Tim Leigh, Hoff & Leigh Inc. has survived the ups and downs of the Colorado Springs commercial real estate market for almost 30 years. Bob Hoff retired several years ago, leaving a management triumvirate of Tim Leigh, his daughter Holly Trinidad and son-in-law… Continue Reading Hoff & Leigh expands nationally, with ‘unique’ proposition

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RTA Architects designs success

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RTA Architects designs success

RTA Architects, a leading Colorado Springs architecture, interiors, and planning firm, is located in the renovated Hibbard & Co. building in downtown Colorado Springs. Thirty-four employees and principals make up a diverse pool of architects, architectural interns, designers and technical support staff. In addition to its core strength of architectural design for new construction, renovation,… Continue Reading RTA Architects designs success

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Selling America’s Mountain

“If we want a vibrant arts and culture community here, we have got to attract artists,” said Pikes Peak Arts Council Executive Director Nora Hardin in a recent CSBJ profile. “We have got to make this place a haven for artists.” Easy to say, but hard to accomplish. Just as plants need light and water,… Continue Reading Selling America’s Mountain

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The long-awaited HDR Inc. “Study of Alternatives Related to the Potential Decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant” was released earlier this week. As I ploughed through most of its 160 pages, I felt for our hapless city councilors. They’ll have to read it, understand it, and base important decisions on the report’s content. Actually,… Continue Reading Close Drake to save financial, environmental costs

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