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These days, almost any news about the local business and jobs environment tends to skew toward the dark side, focusing on what we need instead of what we have. We need more companies with primary jobs. We need more venture capital. We need more programs to develop the workforce. We need more unity among local… Continue Reading Manufacturing Partnership looks promising from the start

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Editorial: Crucial moment for Mayor Bach

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One question we hear at times from readers goes something like this: You’re a business paper. Why do you pay so much attention to local politics? That’s a fair reaction. Our answer is to make two points. First, between senior reporter/columnist John Hazlehurst and executive editor Ralph Routon, we believe our historical perspective from decades… Continue Reading Editorial: Crucial moment for Mayor Bach

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Six months ago, Nechie Hall understood the challenge she was accepting. She had been involved with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center since the 1990s, and she had been committed to making this city a better place for more than four decades. After a successful career as a local advertising/marketing executive, then enduring the unexpected… Continue Reading Hall puts FAC in better position for future

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If you’re like most people in Colorado Springs, you’re thinking the city is a year away from a pivotal moment — the 2015 mayoral election. We’ll have the first round of voting next April, likely narrowing the field to a runoff. Unless the landscape changes dramatically, Mayor Steve Bach will be seeking a second four-year… Continue Reading Stormwater may turn into early city election

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Robin Roberts, a Colorado Springs business leader and president of Pikes Peak National Bank, has accepted an offer to join the gubernatorial campaign of Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon as the Denver-area businessman’s independent running mate. Dunafon made the announcement Thursday night on his Facebook page. Roberts, who says she has been registered as unaffiliated with… Continue Reading Local banker Robin Roberts enters governor race as running mate

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Inside a beautiful building called the Alta Club, which has been around 131 years as Salt Lake City’s version of our El Paso Club, three of the Utah capital’s most prominent leaders took turns talking about how they work so well together. Ralph Becker, the mayor of Salt Lake City, described working to keep smaller… Continue Reading Utah shows how Springs comes up short

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SALT LAKE CITY — If you really want to know how an area is addressing its biggest problem, the best approach should be to observe that situation from both sides. That’s exactly what the 40 attendees on the annual Regional Leaders Trip did Monday in Utah. The group had traveled from Colorado Springs to check… Continue Reading Routon: What happens when the future matters

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As many of you read this, about 40 of us will be spending a few days in Salt Lake City, the destination for this year’s Regional Leaders Trip, checking out what that area does well and what we can learn from Utah’s aggressive economic development during the past 15 years. We’ll be seeing how the… Continue Reading Regional leaders hope to learn from Utah

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RBA finds fit for key spot – Wenstrand

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For anyone living in Northwest Florida a little more than a decade ago, the economic circumstances certainly were unusual, even confusing. After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the heavy Air Force presence in that area obviously was pushed to the max. Between the massive Eglin Air Force Base operations and the adjacent Hurlburt Field… Continue Reading RBA finds fit for key spot – Wenstrand

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As most readers probably have figured out by now, our focus throughout this week’s issue will be the “Business of Sports” in Colorado Springs. That doesn’t mean having a multitude of stories about every aspect of our local sports industry. In fact, sports always will be part of the Business Journal’s potential mix for any… Continue Reading Routon: Don’t forget sports as key to our future

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