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Hotels, resorts weathering recession

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Like the indomitable surfers of southern California, they ride the waves of a surging – and then, suddenly, spinning out – economy. Meeting and event planners, and the hotels that serve them, are valiantly trying to “hang 10″ through the 2009 business cycle, eager not to wipeout in the midst of corporate budget cuts or… Continue Reading Hotels, resorts weathering recession

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The Greenbrier in White Sulpher Springs, W.Va., and The Broadmoor share many similarities. They’re both world-renowned luxury resort hotels, serving the same types of clientele, conference and vacation guests. And, both tout high-end amenities, dining, recreation and services. So when David and Suzanne Gibson decided to expand their business with a second location, The Broadmoor… Continue Reading Retail roundup: Gibson’s jewelry and art moves into Broadmoor

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It hasn’t taken the local lodging group long to figure out that recessionary economic conditions require a Plan B marketing strategy – a more innovative and aggressive approach to putting “heads in beds.” John Branciforte, director of sales for Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort, said his corporate and group business typically accounts for 70 percent of… Continue Reading Hotels getting creative to retain market share

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Hospitals chip in to pay for detox center

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Despite missing an earlier deadline, both of Colorado Springs’ hospitals have agreed to provide money for community detoxification services. Both Memorial Health System and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services will help pay for construction of a new El Paso County detox center. The original center, Pikes Peak Mental Health’s Lighthouse, closed in February because there was… Continue Reading Hospitals chip in to pay for detox center

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Twenty Colorado Springs physicians are listed among the nation’s most influential doctors in a USA Today public database opened this week. The local doctors were among 6,000 in 300 metro areas considered to be leaders in their communities in treating one or more of four key chronic conditions: diabetes, asthma, hypertension and high cholesterol. The… Continue Reading Springs docs among nation’s most influential

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Peterson Air Force Base has lost its bid to house the 24th Air Force cyber mission, a 400-airman Internet warfare unit. Air Force officials announced this morning that Lackland AFB, Texas, is the preferred location for the unit. A final decision cannot be made until an environmental impact study is complete. Peterson officials learned in… Continue Reading Peterson AFB passed up for planned cyber unit

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People on the Move – May 15, 2009

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Angela Ragle has joined BiggsKofford P.C. as internal accountant. She previously was an assistant controller for Capital Pacific Homes and a cost analyst for Vantage Homes. Dennis Slibsager has been named manager of Ewing Irrigation Products’ new branch at 2705 Capital Drive. He has 30 years of experience in the green industry, specializing in landscape… Continue Reading People on the Move – May 15, 2009

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(A.P.) – The housing market may be sputtering, but Habitat for Humanity International is getting a $100 million gift from an Atlanta developer who said his work has offered him a look at the struggle of poor people to find decent housing.The nonprofit group announced today it received the largest individual contribution in its history,… Continue Reading Habitat for Humanity gets $100 million gift

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(A.P.) – New jobless claims rose more than expected last week due partly to an increase in layoffs by the automobile industry, while the number of people continuing to receive unemployment benefits set a record for the 15th straight week The Labor Department said Thursday the number of new claims rose to a seasonally adjusted… Continue Reading Jobless claims rise more than expected to 637,000

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Kaiser Permanente has signed a 20,000-square-foot lease at The Pavilions office park, a devlopment across the street from the Memorial North hospital that has sat vacant since it was constructed in 2008. Kaiser spokeswoman C.J. Moore said the facility will be occupied by the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, which will open a first Medicare clinic… Continue Reading Medicare clinic to be The Pavilions first tenant

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