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Business Alliance paints positive local picture

A group of nearly 300 top employers across the area plans to add 4,839 jobs over the next three years, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance reported Tuesday in its year-end member investor briefing. Also, the Business Alliance is courting nine unnamed companies that are seriously considering relocation with the potential of bringing a total… Continue Reading Business Alliance paints positive local picture

RBA honors Murphy as Business Citizen of the Year

Chuck Murphy, who has had a major impact on the Colorado Springs economy as well as historical preservation in the area for a half-century, won an honor Saturday night that recognized his lifetime of efforts and achievements. Murphy was named Business Citizen of the Year for 2014 by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, capping… Continue Reading RBA honors Murphy as Business Citizen of the Year

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Forum highlights highs, lows of economy

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There’s good news and bad news with the Colorado Springs economy, according to Dr. Tatiana Bailey, the incoming director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, which took place Oct. 10 at the Antlers Hilton. Bailey and her colleague, UCCS professor Tom Zwirlein, spoke to about 500 persons attending the Forum. After 18 years with Zwirlein… Continue Reading Forum highlights highs, lows of economy

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Economic panel tackles entrepreneurialism

The 18th Annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum aimed to address a multitude of economic issues facing the Pikes Peak region. The event, which took place Oct. 10 at the Antlers Hilton, focused on both the current economic health of the region as well as a preview of the year to come. A panel discussion titled… Continue Reading Economic panel tackles entrepreneurialism

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Economic perspectives on stormwater

By Tom Binnings Senior Partner at Summit Economics   As an economist who is seriously concerned about the trajectory of our local economy, I was pleased to hear Tom Zwirlein of UCCS advocate for passing the Stormwater 1B initiative at the Southern Colorado Economic Forum last week. While I was greatly enthused with Dr. Zwirlein’s… Continue Reading Economic perspectives on stormwater

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By Tatiana Bailey Southern Colorado Economic Forum The state of Colorado stands out as one of the superstars in the otherwise prolonged and anemic recovery. Colorado is ranked No. 4 in the nation in the “State Economic Activity Index” from 2012 to April 2014, according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, and is almost tied with… Continue Reading Let’s build on the state’s momentum

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In May 2011, Mike Kazmierski resigned as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation. Kazmierski, a blunt-talking former Army colonel, had been at odds with many of the EDC’s supporters and board members. The Great Recession hadn’t made it any easier to persuade businesses to move to Colorado Springs, and city… Continue Reading Kazmierski hits the economic development jackpot in Reno

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Throughout the expansive room inside Library 21c, interested people gathered in clusters, listening to others, asking questions and receiving answers. The crowd estimated at 250 to 300 might not have been fully united, but on this Tuesday evening, even the known cynics kept their confrontational instincts in check. The event was billed as a “different”… Continue Reading C4C meeting produces more clarity

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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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No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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The news that the Colorado Balloon Classic will leave Colorado Springs in 2015 for greener (or maybe less bureaucratic) pastures was dismaying, to say the least. A press release from the Classic’s organizers cited “politics within the city, increasingly rigid special event procedures and an onerous 2015 LART [city sponsorship] application” as driving the decision.… Continue Reading No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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