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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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Economists say Colorado jobs forecast brighter

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Colorado economists say the state’s job prospects may be doing better than people think. University of Colorado economist Richard Wobbekind says Colorado will see job growth of as many as 25,000 jobs this year, more than double the forecast from just three months ago. Patty Silverstein, an economist and president of Littleton’s Development Research Partners,… Continue Reading Economists say Colorado jobs forecast brighter

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EDC recognized for its “expansion toolkit”

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The Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation was recognized for its efforts to help other, smaller communities learn the tricks of the trade in how to help local businesses expand. The award was given by the International Economic Development Council for the local organization’s “business expansion toolkit,” which includes a manual that outlines ways for communities… Continue Reading EDC recognized for its “expansion toolkit”

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As ranchers in drought areas sell cows, others buy

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The drought in the Southwest may help 29-year-old Chad Bicker get to his goal of being a full-time farmer and rancher by the time he’s 40. As farmers in Texas and other bone-dry areas sell cattle because they can’t grow hay or afford to buy feed, Bicker has been buying animals for his farm in… Continue Reading As ranchers in drought areas sell cows, others buy

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A new solar company that aims to make solar available to the masses will host an informative question and answer session at Sonterra Grill, 28 S. Tejon St., this evening at 5:30 p.m. SunShare plans to build a community solar garden, which will allow people to lease for a 20-year term solar panels and get… Continue Reading Solar Garden founders to host Q&A happy hour at Sonterra Grill

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