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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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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s office will host a workshop about how to protect intellectual property, especially when exporting products. The workshop, “Beyond Colorado: How to Bring Your Products and Services to the Global Marketplace” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the El Paso County Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. It’s free and… Continue Reading Workshop to aid entrepreneurs with exports, intellectual property

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Merritt brings experience to Business Alliance

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Andy Merritt started work at the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance this week — inheriting the uncertainity surrounding federal defense cuts and the opportunity to help expand the region’s defense-related businesses. Merritt replaces Brian Binn as the Business Alliance’s new chief defense industry officer, a job with a new title and new direction. Binn, now… Continue Reading Merritt brings experience to Business Alliance

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In an historic New Year’s Day session, the House of Representatives passed a bill that preserved Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class, but raised taxes on people making more than $400,000 a year. The compromises also averts a 27 percent cut in reimbursement levels for doctors who treat Medicare patients, and fixes the “dairy… Continue Reading Fiscal cliff averted, sequestration threat remains

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