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Stormwater ballot issue the best solution

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The current hostility between Mayor Steve Bach and City Council is divisive, disruptive and counterproductive to the future well-being of Colorado Springs. It is inhibiting our community’s efforts to move forward economically because our city leadership can’t agree on a common game plan. It is seriously damaging our ability to repair long-neglected infrastructure because we… Continue Reading Stormwater ballot issue the best solution

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Springs’ economic preamble to our future

By Tom Binnings Summit Economics Colorado Springs has reached a critical moment in its economic history. This moment is similar in profile to the city’s founding in the 1870s, the Gold Rush around 1900, then World War II followed by the Cold War, and finally the growth of high-tech manufacturing and information technology in the… Continue Reading Springs’ economic preamble to our future

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I t’s been said there are two times in life when you are truly alone: just before you die and just before you deliver a five-minute speech. Stage fright can be terrifying, but it doesn’t have to be paralyzing. Delivering more than a thousand speeches teaches one about getting through to the audience.  Because I… Continue Reading Some tips for making the most of speaking opportunities

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Low Interest Rates are Here to Stay. Help Solve the Interest Rate Puzzle. Five Reasons Rates Will Stay Low for the Next Decade. If these headlines sound familiar, we subscribe to similar news sources. Having survived the Great Recession, many now wonder when the Federal Reserve will reverse its low-interest-rate policy and start to raise… Continue Reading The effects of a low-interest-rate environment

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How to avoid getting hit by Wage and Hour

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Employers, HR directors and payroll managers have a lot on their plate with compliance. It’s extremely difficult to stay up on all the changes and details of local, state and federal employment compliance topics. Wage and Hour investigations might not be as familiar as OSHA or IRS audits, but their notoriety is increasing due to… Continue Reading How to avoid getting hit by Wage and Hour

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As we read about the latest bank settlement with the federal government, it may seem that $7 billion is a hefty fine to be paid by Citigroup. Apparently it’s not. Citigroup’s shares were up 3 percent after the settlement, so someone must think it’s a good deal. Some may argue any settlement is better than… Continue Reading Who should be culpable for Citigroup’s bad dealings?

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Have you ever had one of those days when all you could think was, “Gosh, do I need a vacation.” Of course you have, because all work and no play aren’t good for anyone. A vacation doesn’t have to be two weeks on a tropical island, or even a long weekend at the beach. A… Continue Reading Take a vacation from your vocation, because it works

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When hiring employees, what’s your plan?

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It’s no secret that in the business community, companies often experience difficulties finding qualified people to fill open positions. Will the candidate go the extra mile? Will the potential employee stick around or jump ship? Will they be able to perform the specific job needed for my unique brand? Those are many questions managers ask… Continue Reading When hiring employees, what’s your plan?

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The stereotype for retirement is fishing, gardening, horseback riding or playing golf — and not doing much else. The classic idea of retirement as a life of uninterrupted leisure is evolving. With people living longer, they’re more active in early retirement, and many choose to focus this energy on a retirement lifestyle much different from… Continue Reading How much will you need to enjoy your retirement?

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How vital is your neighborhood to your well-being? How would you describe your neighborhood to someone looking to relocate? How would you rate your neighborhood’s social, physical and economic climate? Economic — Are there businesses located within a few miles of your home? Do you have choices for going out to eat nearby? Are you… Continue Reading Let’s plan together for a sustainable future

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