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Forum highlights highs, lows of economy

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

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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Failed dreams help define city’s past

As stolid and unimaginative as our little city sometimes seems, it has had its share of dreamers and schemers, folks who weren’t afraid to reach for the brass ring. Some of their dreams came true — but many others didn’t. Colorado Springs didn’t host the Winter Olympics in 1956 or 1960. No railroad tunnel was… Continue Reading Failed dreams help define city’s past

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Poll sends forceful message

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Every week, as regular readers know, the Business Journal submits a question to our audience by way of our website and daily email. We try to make the topics, and the wording, as neutral as possible to attract a legitimate weekly response. Such was the case for our latest simple query: What should be Colorado… Continue Reading Poll sends forceful message

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