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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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Downtowners to discuss arts, culture

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In keeping with national trends, Colorado Springs could utilize its arts, culture and creative class to build a stronger sense of community and — along with it — a stronger economy downtown. Downtown, arts and area leaders will discuss creative place-making and using arts and culture to develop a stronger downtown economy in a special… Continue Reading Downtowners to discuss arts, culture

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State map system offers business analysis

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State map system offers business analysis

A new online mapping system will allow businesses interested in relocating or expanding in Colorado to find available properties and locate businesses throughout the state. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade launched Colordado Insite – a library of business information not found elsewhere in the state. “This tool is crucial to keeping… Continue Reading State map system offers business analysis

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The Mountain states — Colorado, Utah and Wyoming — continue to exceed the national index in sales, employment, inventories and delivery lead time. For the 39th straight month, the overall index for the Mountain States region, a leading economic indicator, advanced above growth neutral of 50, according to the Denver-based Goss Institute for Economic Research.… Continue Reading Manufacturing in Mountain States expanding, report says

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Colorado Springs ranks in the top 20 “best-run cities,” according to the website 24/7wallst. The article ranked the top best- and worst-run cities in the nation – San Bernadino is the nadir, and Plano was the zenith. In between, Colorado Springs ranked 14th on the best-run list, besting cities like Boston and Portland, Ore. In… Continue Reading Springs ranks 14 on “best-run” cities list

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Mike Jorgensen is everywhere these days — playing jazz guitar at the Colorado Springs Conservatory, serving on the boards of three nonprofit groups, and heading up the board for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. He’s about to get even busier — Jorgensen’s just been named chairman of the board for the Colorado Springs Regional… Continue Reading Jorgensen leads Alliance in pursuing revised mission

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