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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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Colorado Springs as an economic hub is like an awkward-aged adolescent who is not quite a teen-ager and is no longer an adolescent – a “tweener,”  said a national expert who studies why businesses relocate to certain cities or regions. The Springs has a favorable reputation in the national business world with its decent distribution… Continue Reading Forum: Springs needs to ‘grow up’ economically

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Eight college teams, including three from Colorado, are vying for $35,000 in cash prizes and a title of best sports/outdoor business plan. The business plan competition is the brain child of Tom Duening, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. He spent a year thinking about various business sectors and… Continue Reading Business plan competition hopes to lay tracks for sports industry cluster

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El Paso County’s economy relies heavily on the military for its job creation, housing growth and increases in personal income. That could mean trouble in the coming year if a 12-member “super committee” decides to cut billions from the federal budget, including defense spending over the next 10 years. “That ‘gang’ of 12 could have… Continue Reading SoCo Economic Forum Preview: County relies too heavily on military

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Few bright spots include tourism and cost of living Remember 2007? Those were the good ol’ days, according to the Pikes Peak Quality of Life Indicators. Unemployment was low, the city boasted higher-than-average incomes and job growth was steady. But the 2011 Quality of Life Indicators, prepared by the Pikes Peak United Way and released… Continue Reading Quality of Life Indicators paint grim picture of Springs

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