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A key measure of consumer attitude has dropped to its lowest level in two years – and that’s not good news for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The New York-based Conference Board said yesterday that its Consumer Confidence Index fell from a revised 99.5 during September to 95.6, the lowest reading since 85.2 during October… Continue Reading Consumer confidence at two-year low, holiday retailers trembling

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Study ranks the fastest of fast-food eateries

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Wait time rankings Restaurant chains with no Colorado locations were excluded from the list 1 Quiznos 1:15 100% 2 Starbucks Coffee 2:08 91% 4 Carl’s Jr. 2:20 93% 5 Arby’s 2:21 90% 6 Sonic 2:25 84% 7 Chick-fil-A 2:40 94% 9 Boston Market 2:50 84% 11 McDonald’s 3:08 78% 12 Taco Bell 3:14 83% 13… Continue Reading Study ranks the fastest of fast-food eateries

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County mulling workforce furlough

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El Paso County officials are considering a one-week, non-paid furlough of all non-essential employees to help make up an unanticipated $4.1 million budget shortfall. Such a move could affect about 770 employees who do not work in public safety or health and human services, or 35 percent of the county’s 2,329 full-time workers. The furlough… Continue Reading County mulling workforce furlough

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Prairie dogs in southeast Colorado Springs have tested positive for plague. The El Paso County Department of Health and Environment collected plague-positive fleas from prairie dogs near Fontaine Boulevard and Goldfield Drive, south of the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. Plague is a bacterial disease of rodents transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected… Continue Reading Prairie dogs plague positive

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Residential building lags

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McGraw-Hill said this week that new construction starts fell 9 percent during September and 11 percent year-to-date for the first nine months of 2007 combined, compared to same period of 2006. The industry analyst broke new construction into three subcategories: nonbuilding, nonresidential and residential construction. Nonbuilding construction was up 6 percent year-to-date but was down… Continue Reading Residential building lags

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Top Issues for State What is your top issue for governor and legislature? 2007 2006 Immigration 26% 28% Health care price and accessibility 15% 8% Education/money 11% 20% Transportation 7% 6% Economy 6% 11% Tax burdens 6% 5% Environment 4% 4% Population growth 4% 3% Water supply 2% 4% Source: EDCC Citizens Survey on Economic… Continue Reading Coloradoans support incentives for economic development

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Gary Hart to speak in the Springs

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Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart will be in Colorado Springs Nov. 7 to speak about security in the 21st century. The presentation is part of the El Pomar Foundation’s Forum for Civic Advancement, which seeks to engage those interested in civic involvement or those who serve or would like to serve in elected positions. Hart’s… Continue Reading Gary Hart to speak in the Springs

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Most Americans who leave their jobs do so because they just don’t feel appreciated. That’s what the U.S. Department of Labor says. Survey takers there said 64 percent of Americans who leave their jobs do it because they’re not feeling appreciated. Furthermore, a Gallup poll that found that 70 percent of Americans say they receive… Continue Reading Can’t an employee get a little appreciation around here?

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Fort Carson will host the 6th Annual Community Sustainability Conference and Expo from noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive. This year’s theme is “Securing the Future – A Sustainability Strategy.” The conference is an educational forum intended… Continue Reading Fort Carson hosts 6th Annual Community Sustainability Conference

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Economic census forms on the way

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About 9,700 Colorado Springs-area businesses will receive 2007 Economic Census forms in December. Federal law requires all businesses that receive the forms to respond. The forms must be returned to the U.S. Census Bureau by Feb. 12. The census, taken every five years, develops a portrait of national and local American business. Businesses use the… Continue Reading Economic census forms on the way

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