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In some ways, the local economy is showing its strongest performance since bottoming out in February 2009, but there are still concerns about employment and real income, according to the Southern Economic Forum’s quarterly update. The regional manufacturing index is up 43 percent since the recession and consumer confidence is up 19 percent. Economists at… Continue Reading Local economy improving, but employment and income lag

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Expectations high for new Chamber/EDC CEO

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Joe Raso started his job Monday as the first CEO of the newly merged Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corp. — and he has his work cut out for him. Continue Reading Expectations high for new Chamber/EDC CEO

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Drake Power Plant’s days could be numbered. But it could be decades before the familiar plumes of steam no longer dominate the downtown landscape. The Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors – essentially, City Council – asked the utilities staff to study the feasibility of de-commissioning Drake, the coal-fired power plant. Tentatively, the study will… Continue Reading Utilities to study options for Drake power plant

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Outgoing Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce CEO Dave Csinytan isn’t planning on leaving town – but he is weighing his opportunities carefully. Csintyan lost his position with the chamber when it merged with the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp., and the group launched a national effort to find a new CEO. Csintyan was a finalist,… Continue Reading Csintyan: Staying in Springs, staying involved

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Thanks to a state effort, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center added more than $2 million to the local economy and helped 837 people find job training. The Colorado Enhanced Approved Training Program allows people in the state who are receing unemployment benefits to receive 50 percent more a week if they are attending a traning… Continue Reading Workforce program adds $2 million to local economy

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A Colorado Springs middle school and a university professor are experimenting with a physics program that could revolutionize the region’s future workforce. Continue Reading UCCS, school districts, manufacturers teaming to develop workforce

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About 40 Colorado Springs manufacturers have signed a letter asking the city to reduce, rebate or eliminate the sales-and-use tax for manufacturing equipment. Continue Reading Manufacturers call for a city study on sales-and-use tax

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Twenty-five master’s-level students from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs have been investigating the local issue of oil and gas exploration. They will reveal their findings at a public meeting at 4:45 p.m. May 11 in Dwire Hall on the campus. The students began with the premise that El Paso County stands to benefit… Continue Reading UCCS MBA students investigate local oil and gas exploration

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Fountain Economic Development Director Lisa Cochrun is heading to Vegas this month to sell big retailers on her small town. Continue Reading City of Fountain pitching itself to national retailers

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El Paso County is ahead of other counties when it comes to planning for the silver tsunami, according to national experts who study the issue. Local community leaders are already rallying around the topic of aging trying to plan for the estimated 82,000 baby boomers, those over age 65, who will live in El Paso… Continue Reading El Paso County a leader in baby boomer planning

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