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Governor signs job-creation legislation

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Gov. Bill Ritter today signed legislation that he believes will help companies create new jobs, allow Colorado to compete for new businesses and strengthen community college job-training programs to better meet workforce needs of emerging industries. “The two bills I signed today mark a key step toward our long-term vision of creating a modern, knowledge-based… Continue Reading Governor signs job-creation legislation

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For those of us who work for the 99.99 percent of American newspapers that are not The New York Times, The Washington Post or The Wall Street Journal, it’s always a source of delight and pride when reporters from small, unheralded papers win a Pulitzer Prize. The big dogs always get their share – this… Continue Reading Decline, debt and the demise of the daily newspapers

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The Springs an ‘art destination’

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The June issue of American Style magazine ranked Colorado Springs 17th among the top 25 mid-sized U.S. cities that are art destinations. The rankings are based on a readers’ poll, and Colorado Springs beat out destinations such as Providence (18th), Honolulu, (20th), and Tampa (25). Other Colorado cities in the rankings included Denver (13th among… Continue Reading The Springs an ‘art destination’

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Luke Travins doesn’t much like the proposed public improvement fee that Mayor Lionel Rivera has been peddling to downtown establishments during the last several weeks.

The voluntary 1 percent fee, which bars and restaurants would collect from patrons to help finance the U.S. Olympic Committee’s new headquarters building, has serious structural problems, said Travins, who is part-owner and regional manager of Concept Restaurants, which owns Jose Muldoon’s, MacKenzie’s Chophouse and The Ritz Grill in downtown.

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Mayor Lionel Rivera was pounding the pavement last week, soliciting support for a 1 percent public improvement fee that would be collected by the Downtown Metro District on downtown restaurant and bar sales. Revenue generated by the fee would be used to secure a $1 million loan from the Colorado Office of Economic Development to… Continue Reading Mayor peddling new fee to salvage USOC deal

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The 81611 ZIP code, which is the south end of Aspen, is the most expensive neighborhood in the country, boasting a $6.5-million median home sale price, according to the Forbes luxury home index, a list of the 500 priciest ZIP codes in America. Snowmass, 81654, and Snowmass Village , 81615, and aren’t far behind, landing… Continue Reading The most expensive neighborhood in the nation: Aspen

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As roads go, Academy Boulevard is a newcomer. As recently as the early 1960s, there was no Academy Boulevard — just a dirt road running through the unpopulated prairie east of the city limits. Growth changed all that, and brought with it the unplanned, unanticipated and eminently unworkable suburban model that would characterize many Sunbelt… Continue Reading It’s not too late to save Academy Boulevard from a slow, linear death

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Total personal income in the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area during 2007 increased by 3.7 percent from 2006, according to figures released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Colorado Springs MSA population of 607,858 ranked 83rd out of 366 MSAs in the nation. In 2007 Colorado Springs had a per capita personal income… Continue Reading Area personal income increasing but lags national average

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Walking from the Business Journal’s office on Platte Avenue to meet my geezer homies for coffee last week, I thought about Jane Jacobs. The author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” Jacobs was the first urbanist, as we’ve come to understand the term. Written during 1961, the book is a devastating critique… Continue Reading Zoning plan looking back to ensure the future of downtown

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Imagine a “Great Race” which takes 25 years, goes to Pueblo and back, costs the participants $17 million, and at the finish rewards the winners with 3,000 pages of, at least to a layperson, incomprehensible bureaucratese. That, said Colorado Springs Utilities spokeswoman Janet Rummel, is “an apt metaphor” for the long ordeal surrounding the preparation,… Continue Reading Projects like SDS rise and fall on environmental impact studies

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