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One example of cooperation: Why not more?

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One example of cooperation: Why not more?

Sometimes it’s smart to watch a City Council meeting on TV until the very end, even after most of the spectators have left. Such was the case Monday afternoon at the close of Council’s usual informal meeting, now known as “work sessions” before the regular formal gathering on Tuesday. The group had spent nearly four… Continue Reading One example of cooperation: Why not more?

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Business Alliance lays out positive plans

So, you might be wondering, what has the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance done for us lately? From one statistic, which President and CEO Joe Raso smartly chose to lead off his RBA member investor briefing Tuesday, that answer might not be so positive. Raso informed the audience of business leaders that on Dec. 13,… Continue Reading Business Alliance lays out positive plans

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Two successes might not be enough for Nolan

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We go out for a late lunch on Sunday, trying to decide between our two favorite places for what has become almost a weekly ritual. We make our choice, walk in the front door — and the owner happily greets us with menus, shows us to a booth, comes back to re-wipe the table because… Continue Reading Two successes might not be enough for Nolan

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You never know where a simple conversation might lead, how it might change your thinking, even inspire you. So it was last weekend at an annual fundraiser roast for Cheyenne Village, the nonprofit provider of housing and other services for adults with developmental disabilities. (Disclosure: I’m a board member and past president.) Bernard Sandoval and… Continue Reading Walking the Olympic walk goes beyond C4C

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These should be the best of times for Colorado Springs. We should be thrilled at the prospect of better times ahead for the city, its economy and people. Look around you. Think about all the positive developments that have set the table for years ahead. We have the rising star of the University of Colorado… Continue Reading Let’s decide how to ignite new energy in Springs

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Gov. John Hickenlooper has released a list of appointments to several state-level boards and commissions, including the Ground Water Commission, Small Business Stationary Source Technical and Environmental Compliance Advisory Panel, Board of Addiction Counselors Examiners, Board of Dental Examiners, Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners, and the Board of Nursing. The group of appointees… Continue Reading Gov. Hickenlooper releases appointments, one from Springs

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Springs should make most of Olympic ties

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Four years ago, I spent nearly all of February in Vancouver, covering the 2010 Winter Olympics in that wonderfully vibrant city. Fortunately, making arrangements late helped me snag a great deal on a downtown apartment (overpriced at first, then available at a much-lower rate) in a high-rise building less than a half-mile from the main… Continue Reading Springs should make most of Olympic ties

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Every January, without fail, some intrepid reporters covering the state Legislature in Denver do a little digging and come up with a few interesting stories, based on a sampling of proposed bills that are beginning to work their way through the General Assembly. Sometimes those first stories come out before the right people even know… Continue Reading Later bar hours could work for Colorado

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Little Rock shows different infill can work

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You have no reason to know Anita Davis, and that’s fine. She lives nearly 1,000 miles away in Little Rock, Ark., and, full disclosure, she happens to be my cousin. She also has set an example in Little Rock for other cities, and visionary developers, to follow. Including here in Colorado Springs. I just saw… Continue Reading Little Rock shows different infill can work

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Some years begin with little fanfare or anticipation, just a fresh outlook and a clean plate. But something about the arrival of 2014 feels different. In part, it’s knowing that the year will be automatically eventful, thanks to the scheduled elections in June (party primaries) and November (general). But it’s also based on Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Looking into the crystal ball for 2014

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