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Does the Pikes Peak region get its fair share of state and federal transportation funding?
That question was asked to several local elected officials. To a man, and to a woman, they agreed: It doesn’t.
Randy Purvis, having served almost four terms on the Colorado Springs City Council (1987-1999, 2003-present), was brief and to the point. “We never have,” he said. Continue Reading Transportation capital: the long and winding roads

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Zoom with a view isn’t enough anymore

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Want to buy a business jet?
How about a six-seater that can fly above the weather at 41,000 feet, cruise at 370 knots (430 mph), and is equipped with hyper-sophisticated avionics?
It costs about half as much as its competitors ($1.4 million vs. $3 million) and, thanks to its easy-fly design, can be flown by a single pilot.
Less than 30 feet long, it weighs about half as much as a Chevy Suburban — thanks to composite construction. And because of that light weight, it’s substantially cheaper to operate than its competitors ($370 per hour vs. $680). It’s also quieter and produces fewer emissions. Continue Reading Zoom with a view isn’t enough anymore

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A tale of two cities

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Mention Boulder to a resident of Colorado Springs, and you’re likely to be told that Boulder is an absurdly expensive, anti-business, elitist community where Republicans are less welcome than Hell’s Angels.
Asked, for example, what he thought of Boulder’s economic development policy, Springs developer Bruce Shepard responded, only partially tongue-in-cheek, “I didn’t know they had a policy.” Continue Reading A tale of two cities

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The magnificent seven, plus or minus

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On Monday, the National Federation of Independent Business sponsored a congressional candidate forum at the Broadmoor Golf Club. Six of the seven candidates seeking to represent Congressional District 5 were present.
Republican John Anderson was the only absentee, having been called away to Washington on business. Continue Reading The magnificent seven, plus or minus

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Who’s looking out for us in Denver, D.C.?

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At lunch a few weeks ago at Phantom Canyon, one of our city’s leading economic development honchos, we’ll call him Mr. H., was asked why the local business community doesn’t seem to have any clout with the El Paso County legislative delegation.
Other than the delegation’s lone Democrat, the group opposed last year’s statewide Referendum C initiative, which business fervently supported. Moreover, our GOP legislators are supporting other business-unfriendly initiatives that we may see on the November ballot. Continue Reading Who’s looking out for us in Denver, D.C.?

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Blowing smoke at the ban

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In 2005, the Colorado Senate killed a proposed smoking ban by two votes on the last day of the legislative session. Supporters vowed that they’d reintroduce the legislation — and at the beginning of the 2006 session, HB1175, The Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, was introduced.
Sponsored by two powerful legislators — Republican Mike May in the House and Democrat Dan Grossman in the Senate — the bill enjoyed substantial bipartisan support, reflecting statewide polls. Continue Reading Blowing smoke at the ban

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Immigration: a solution, not a problem?

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Businesses have no difficulty defining success — or failure. Create a product or service, take it to the market and sell it above cost — success!
And if nobody wants what you’ve made, or if your competitors have under-priced you —failure!
Then, if you’ve paid any attention to the hoariest of business maxims (“feed the successes — starve the failures”) you cut your costs, change your product or focus on something else entirely. The last thing you do is spend decades trying to prove that your failure was really a success, and that, far from being obscure and bankrupt, your business is a Fortune 500 company. Continue Reading Immigration: a solution, not a problem?

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Museum growth, rehab fueling building boom

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While the last decade of the 20th century likely will be remembered for the Internet boom, the first decade of the 21st just might be remembered for … the art museum boom.
Across the country, scores of museums are being built, renovated or expanded.
In New York, the Museum of Modern Art was completely recreated, at a cost of more than $450 million. In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has embarked on an ambitious, Renzo Piano-designed expansion that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Continue Reading Museum growth, rehab fueling building boom

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The demise of dinosaurs, horses and men

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The other day, I was hanging out with my friend the Beautiful Business Owner. She’s a single woman in her early 30s — smart, poised, beautiful, successful, single … and pregnant. And no, she doesn’t have a boyfriend — and no, she’s not gay.
Like so many woman in similar circumstances, she decided that she wants a child, that she’s perfectly capable of raising it alone and that she doesn’t need a husband/boyfriend/significant other to be involved in the process. Continue Reading The demise of dinosaurs, horses and men

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One hundred and fifteen years ago, the discovery of gold in Cripple Creek fueled the growth of Colorado Springs from a sleepy resort to an over-the-top boomtown.
Spencer Penrose and Winfield Scott Stratton accumulated great fortunes within a few years, and scores of tough-minded, adventurous young men became overnight millionaires. Continue Reading 21st century gold mining: Bet on things being big

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