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Investors bullish on Colorado economy

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Colorado investors are optimistic about the markets and about the Colorado economy, according to a Morgan Stanley poll. Investors show renewed confidence in meeting financial goals but are still concerned about international conflicts and the U.S. budget deficit. The poll shows that Colorado area investors with at least $100,000 in investable assets are optimistic about… Continue Reading Investors bullish on Colorado economy

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Denver: Colorado’s economic black hole

Should we view Denver as a beneficent economic sun glowing just over the northern horizon, helping to bring jobs, prosperity, tax dollars and big-city amenities to Colorado Springs? Or is it a baleful black hole, its massive gravitational pull sucking in smart young people, startup companies, airline passengers, entertainment and transportation dollars from the Pikes… Continue Reading Denver: Colorado’s economic black hole

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Colorado Springs’ biggest economic drivers come with a serious problem: None of the city’s top three industries actually must be here to be successful. The military, tourism and higher education bring in the most money to the Springs, with the military providing one-third of the city’s $27 billion gross domestic product. “That money all is… Continue Reading Alliance: Springs must diversify economy

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has instituted a new way of helping businesses form and grow that many believe is helping the Springs become the “most business friendly city” in the state. However, the program apparently hasn’t been as successful at creating jobs as the city’s economic vitality office touts. The office says its newly… Continue Reading City adding more jobs, but how fast?

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State economy shows signs of improvement

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Colorado’s economy continued to grow in March for the 41st straight month, according to the business conditions index from the Goss Institute for Economic Research. “Growth among manufacturing firms in the region more than offset slowing economic conditions among energy firms, said Dr. Ernie Goss, director of the institute. “ Durable goods manufacturers experienced healthy… Continue Reading State economy shows signs of improvement

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Within the military-style organizational chart that describes the new Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, a group of volunteer foot-soldiers is deploying to small businesses. They are conducting interviews, hosting educational forums and networking. They were known as ambassadors in the old Chamber of Commerce model. They had launched Chamber University and Chamber Connect and hosted… Continue Reading Biz Alliance deploys new team to help local business

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Mayor wants airport marketing consultant

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach is putting out a call for an airport marketing expert. The expert ought to be familiar with strategies on marketing a regional airport in the shadow of an international airport, like Denver. City officials announced Friday that Colorado Springs airport aviation director Mark Earle was stepping down. Earle, city officials… Continue Reading Mayor wants airport marketing consultant

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Blueprint pulls state together

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But Springs isn’t active part of regional work on unified business-seeking effort The goals for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and the state’s new Colorado Blueprint are pretty much the same for creating business growth in the Pikes Peak region — but the state is working without the full support and cooperation of the… Continue Reading Blueprint pulls state together

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New director part of Economic Forum plan

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The Southern Colorado Economic Forum, which for 14 years has provided El Paso County with the definitive local economic report and forecast, now is ready to grow in geographic footprint and community clout. A new, expanded mission for the forum comes just as University of Colorado Colorado Springs professors Fred Crowley and Tom Zwirlein announced… Continue Reading New director part of Economic Forum plan

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Arts could boost downtown development

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Arts could boost downtown development

Fresh out of college in 1973, Maryo Gard Ewell worked with New Haven, Conn. city leaders to try to create an arts district in a sullen and deserted part of the city that fell victim to 1960s urban renewal policies that replaced historic buildings with parking lots. She was a bit ahead of her time,… Continue Reading Arts could boost downtown development

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