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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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(Editor’s note: Next week, the CSBJ will discuss what the future holds for the Regional Business Alliance.) The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. merged to become the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance early this year. But changes to the organization went deeper than the merger and… Continue Reading Business Alliance changes deeper than just new name

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Food franchises find home in Springs

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When journalist Eric Schlosser chose to base his 2002 book Fast Food Nation in Colorado Springs, restaurants were opening here at a faster rate than in any other part of the country. The city perfectly illustrated Schlosser’s vision of a fast-food nation with McDonald’s, Burger Kings and strip malls popping up all over town as… Continue Reading Food franchises find home in Springs

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Progressive Insurance is hiring 72 people in Colorado Springs for call center and sales jobs. A company official said Progressive was recruiting new hires here because it considers the local facility as one of its more permanent offices. “We’ve had great success in the Springs,” said Connie Dingeman, recruiting manager. “Our backup IT servers are… Continue Reading Progressive to hire 72 in Springs

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ISS named top 100 job creators by Inc. Magazine

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Colorado Springs companyIntelligent Software Solutions has made the top 100 “Hire Power ” list in  Inc. magazine. It’s the first time the company’s given the award, and ISS was number 67, with 347 jobs created last year. Jay Jesse, owner of ISS, said the company has doubled in size and has opened offices in Denver… Continue Reading ISS named top 100 job creators by Inc. Magazine

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