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Calls for action on job front growing stronger

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Jobs, they are the talk of the town. They are the subject of forums, meetings, reports, committees and task forces. People are talking about the loss of them, the effect of the loss of them, the reason why they were lost and how to get them back. Despite all the talk, they remain elusive in… Continue Reading Calls for action on job front growing stronger

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Colorado Springs’ small businesses are frustrated over the lack of available capital and some say a lack of qualified workers is a problem too. The issues were identified in the 2011 Pikes Peak Region Business Climate Survey, released today by Summit Economics. Overall, the Colorado Springs business climate is about the same or worse than… Continue Reading Lack of capital troubles small businesses

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Farm-state lawmakers pushing new farm subsidy

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Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops — an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices. The subsidy, free insurance that would cover farmers’ “shallow crop losses” before their paid insurance kicks in, has… Continue Reading Farm-state lawmakers pushing new farm subsidy

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Chris Kilcullen, founder of America’s Got Product website, spent a year researching the auto industry and rating car companies on their economic footprint in the U.S. He came up with a four-star rating system based on factors including whether the car is manufactured or assembled in the U.S., if more than 50 percent of domestic… Continue Reading Colo. businessman launches website tracking economic impact of purchases

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Ivywild School is “shovel-ready”

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Three business partners with big plans for the vacant Ivywild Elementary School in Southwest Colorado Springs are preparing to sign the papers and pick up their hammers. Continue Reading Ivywild School is “shovel-ready”

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Bank of Broadmoor to offer solar loans

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The Bank of Broadmoor and SunShare are offering new loans for qualified homeowners to finance solar panels. SunShare is a local Colorado Springs solar company that allows customers to lease solar energy panels to eliminate annual electric bills. The first solar garden by SunShare will be completed by the end of the year. It’s a… Continue Reading Bank of Broadmoor to offer solar loans

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Secretary of State Scott Gessler is slashing fees on business filings to boost jobs. Gessler said Thursday the state already has some of the lowest fees in the nation. The new fees will be effective Nov. 1. The biggest cut will be for nonprofit organizations, which are being cut from $50 to $20. Several other… Continue Reading Colorado Secretary of State slashes business fees

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State and local leaders will meet Nov. 3 in Colorado Springs to discuss jobs. Billed as a “Jobs Renaissance” the goal of the summit is to share concrete ideas on how the state can create new jobs, said Karl Dakin, one of the event organizers and executive director, Sullivan chair for free enterprise at Regis… Continue Reading State and local leaders meet for Jobs Renaissance summit

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Gov. John Hickenlooper released an updated version of the statewide economic development plan created earlier this year to spur Colorado’s economy, help businesses grow and attract new jobs to the state. “Colorado is already seeing the benefits of taking a bottom-up, collaborative approach to economic development,” Hickenlooper said. “Earlier this month, Arrow Electronics announced it… Continue Reading Gov. updates the “bottom-up” economic development plan

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The news headlines might scream that this is the worst economic recovery ever, but one economist said it mirrors past recoveries, and in some areas is even better. “This recovery is falling in line with the last two recoveries,” said Jim Paulsen, Wells Capital Management chief investment strategist. At this rate, he said, the economy… Continue Reading Forum ecnomists at odds about Springs’ recovery

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