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The not-so-magnificent 7

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Silos make running city efficiently an almost futile exercise Legacy businesses, as any MBA knows, are often characterized by “silos” — dysfunctional management and/or financial structures that have outlived whatever usefulness they might have once had. Like so many ancient grain elevators scattered throughout the Great Plains, silos in business and government might be functionally… Continue Reading The not-so-magnificent 7

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Silos: The city’s ‘Seven Samurai’

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PPRTA The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, approved by a countywide vote during 2004, is a separate governmental entity that is required by law to use the proceeds of a dedicated 1 percent sales tax to pay for transportation and transit improvements in the region. Because of its theoretically separate status, its revenue and expenditures… Continue Reading Silos: The city’s ‘Seven Samurai’

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Renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong and Colorado governor Bill Ritter are reportedly “in close touch,” and are jointly planning a professional stage race to be held in Colorado during 2011. Velo News, the international journal of competitive cycling, made the report earlier this week. Other western states, such as California and Utah host stage races. As… Continue Reading Armstrong, Ritter discussing Colorado cycling race

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Attorney Lindsay Fischer filed a lawsuit yesterday afternoon in El Paso County District Court challenging the city’s proposed issuance of certificates of participation to fund the proposed economic development agreement between Colorado Springs and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Continue Reading Fischer sues to prevent COPs from being issued without a vote

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Commercial real estate vacancy rates are at an all-time high, according to a Hoff and Leigh real estate market report that tracks local properties for sale. The report says Class B office building vacancy rates are hovering around 38 percent. Class A vacancy rates are at about 25 percent. The historical norm for Class A vacancy is… Continue Reading Commercial real estate vacancies at all-time high

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The official celebration of the sesquicentennial of the founding of Colorado City during 1859 came and went without much fuss. Thanks to scores of neighborhood volunteers, a monument was erected, ice cream was eaten and the band played on. It was as homey and unpretentious as Colorado City itself, once the sort-of state capital, now… Continue Reading Perhaps it’s best we didn’t celebrate our barbaric past

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The city’s plan to collect delinquent stormwater fees by converting them into tax liens might be in trouble.

At this morning’s meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, former commissioner and TABOR author Douglas Bruce appeared before the commission and told them that, in his opinion, County Treasurer Sandra Damron does not have the authority to issue or collect such linens.

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State Games called a “home run” for city

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The final athlete participation count hit a near-record 10,312 with competitors from 48 states coming to Colorado Springs for the third straight year.Opening ceremonies were held on July 30 at the Colorado Springs World Arena drew a sellout throng of 9,522 fans to see 2008 Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medalist and hometown hero Henry Cejudo… Continue Reading State Games called a “home run” for city

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City approves USOC deal

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At a brief and sparsely attended meeting this afternoon, City Council approved the new economic development agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee and agreed to settle the lawsuit that LandCo Equity Partners filed against the city in federal court.
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Attorney Lindsay Fischer, who has publicly expressed doubts about the legality of the city’s plan to fund the economic development agreement with the U.S. Olympic Committee, says the city is making last-minute changes to the deal’s funding structure.

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