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Signs go up, signs come down. Companies sell or move, and people move on. Such is life throughout the business world. But it’s different when we’re talking about a daily newspaper. It’s hard to explain, but newspapers have dual roles. They need to make a profit, obviously. But to endure, they also must have a… Continue Reading Gazette says goodbye to building, not past

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City for Champions approved for full state funding

After months of uncertainty, revisions, controversy and discordant public opinion, the Colorado Economic Development Commission decided Monday to give Colorado Springs a chance to back up its promises. Despite staff and third-party advice to the contrary, the commission approved full tax-increment funding via the Regional Tourism Act for an estimated $120 million to help finance… Continue Reading City for Champions approved for full state funding

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Sometimes, an old mentor once advised me, it’s best to get out of the way and simply let your sources tell your story. So I’m taking that advice here. It’s so tempting to spend the next 750 words or so criticizing the members of City Council who voted to stop funding the $256,000 budgeted for… Continue Reading What losing CSU help means to nonprofits

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Nearly three months ago, I joined a group of business and community leaders on a trip to Washington, D.C., for two days of meetings and sessions with government officials, addressing issues of interest to Colorado Springs. Two weeks ago, I returned to D.C. for an entirely different purpose, this time personal. When adult children are… Continue Reading Look around, and you’ll find ideas for us

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Peak Vista merging with rural Plains Medical Center

Peak Vista Community Health Centers, already a major presence in El Paso and Teller counties serving about 66,000 patients, is broadening its reach. Peak Vista announced Thursday it has started a process to merge, beginning in early 2014, with Plains Medical Center, which has four locations northeast of Colorado Springs serving the rural communities of… Continue Reading Peak Vista merging with rural Plains Medical Center

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Survey: Local businesses face obstacles

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Almost any survey of the Colorado Springs business community will produce a mixture of positive and negative results. Given that basic assumption, nobody in a crowd of about 75 local leaders should have been too surprised last week when Summit Economics unveiled its third biennial Pikes Peak Region Business Climate Survey. Just as in 2009… Continue Reading Survey: Local businesses face obstacles

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Ignite II makes case for support of arts

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Ten of Colorado Springs’ most creative minds tried their best Tuesday night to sell the merits of what they do — without actually concentrating on what they do best, which would’ve been simply performing. They shared a different mission this time, making five-minute presentations at the second Ignite Colorado Springs event of 2013, educating 300… Continue Reading Ignite II makes case for support of arts

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As odd-year elections go, the 2013 vote in El Paso County certainly won’t stand out as earthshaking. Or, for that matter, even mildly surprising. Everybody who has been paying the slightest attention had to know the only issue of real interest to the Colorado Springs business community. That was Amendment 66, a sweeping measure that… Continue Reading Don’t look for election’s messages, but …

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As odd-year elections go, the 2013 vote in El Paso County certainly won’t stand out as earthshaking. Or, for that matter, even mildly surprising. Everybody who has been paying the slightest attention had to know the only issue of real interest to the Colorado Springs business community. That was Amendment 66, a sweeping measure that… Continue Reading Don’t look for election’s messages, but …

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New partnership brings out best in local scene

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Early this year, the first informal conversations about a possible collaboration started among the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center. Sometime around June, those talks began taking on more substance and focus. Tuesday, top staff and board members of the three… Continue Reading New partnership brings out best in local scene

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