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The Peak Venture Group is returning to its core mission, reaching out to the community and providing resources to local entrepreneurs. Peak Venture was started a business resource organization, providing assistance and aid for start-ups and entrepreneurs in the area. With the departure of Loren Lancaster, one of its long-time members and organizers, the group… Continue Reading New PVG board chairman promises ‘return to core mission’

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Developers divided on Academy

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Editor’s note: The southeastern portion of Colorado Springs has had its challenges economically. The Academy corridor project highlights different ways the city of Colorado Springs can help. But just how and how much should the city be involved? This concludes a two-part series looking at the Academy corridor and government incentives for business. Government should… Continue Reading Developers divided on Academy

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Colorado’s energy sector is experiencing some pullbacks during the month of June, according to the latest economic data, but its construction industry continues to expand. The Goss Institute for Economic Research says Colorado’s economy is still healthy, but has seen some declines last month. “The increase in the value of the U.S. dollar and the… Continue Reading Colorado’s energy sector slows, construction surges

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Academy Boulevard: Can city help it recover?

Dotted with urban blight as well as lively street corners, the once-thriving Academy Boulevard corridor attracts nearly as many opinions as the storefronts it has. The government should not be involved at all in attracting business to the area, say some elected officials, while others say the city should — and does — offer incentives.… Continue Reading Academy Boulevard: Can city help it recover?

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In southeast Colorado Springs, the use of many buildings has changed in recent years. “Repurposing” is the descriptive term identified by Carl Schueler, senior planner for the city. What used to be a big-box store on the corner of Hancock Expressway and South Academy Boulevard is now the home of Victory World Outreach chapel. A… Continue Reading Academy experiences ‘repurposing’ of buildings

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Blue Star Recycling receives pay-it-forward loan to expand

Blue Star Recyclers  received a social enterprise loan from the Beanstalk Foundation to expand its electronics recycling capabilities, just as a new law makes it illegal to dispose of electronic waste in Colorado landfills. The $53,000 loan will fund a new program director position that will allow Blue Star Recyclers to extend its reach beyond… Continue Reading Blue Star Recycling receives pay-it-forward loan to expand

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Future is now: Springs bioscience sector growing stronger

For the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the 41 companies in the city’s bioscience sector represent both an economic boon and the chance to create a larger industry cluster that will bring high-paying jobs and high-tech expertise to the region. From companies that develop stem-cell assays for research laboratories to those that manufacture tiny devices… Continue Reading Future is now: Springs bioscience sector growing stronger

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“Every economic activity has an impact,” UCCS economics professor Fred Crowley once noted. The difficulty, continued Crowley, is in calculating the precise impact of a given economic activity. A recent get-together of politicians, senior military officers and aerospace executives at the Space Foundation focused on the local economic impacts of military installations and defense contractors.… Continue Reading Economic impact analysis: science, politics or both?

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Pinery empire climbs Bijou hill

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Pinery empire climbs Bijou hill

In a matter of months, the Pinery at the Hill has transformed from a blighted empty old building atop West Bijou Street into a behemoth two-story structure where couples soon will wed in front of a downtown Colorado Springs backdrop. The 24,000-square-foot, $13 million facility will specialize in full-service, all-inclusive weddings and events. Parties are… Continue Reading Pinery empire climbs Bijou hill

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Museums could provide anchor

A fancy baseball stadium could be the major downtown anchor needed to kick revitalization efforts into high gear. But it’s not the only possibility on the drawing board. At the same time the city of Colorado Springs launched a survey to judge community sentiment about moving the Sky Sox minor-league baseball team into a new… Continue Reading Museums could provide anchor

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