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What is the relationship between public health and health care in our community? The answer is “partnership.” The overall health of our community depends on collaborative efforts between El Paso County Public Health (population focused) and our local health care providers (patient focused). Both public health and medical providers offer programs and services that address… Continue Reading Public health, medicine is an essential partnership

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All winter long, white-water rafting and kayaking expedition guides pay close attention to snow forecasts. Heavy snowpack will mean business when the snow melts in the spring and rivers swell and rapids begin to rage. That’s music to the ears of outdoor enthusiasts. Bob Hamel, owner of Arkansas River Tours in Cotopaxi said even though… Continue Reading Heavy snowpack will keep rafting’s financials afloat

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In a shocking turn of events for local housing advocates, a bill that had the potential to ease the state’s foreclosure crisis was killed in committee last week. That will leave housing counseling agencies scrambling for resources and could have a broad effect on operations designed to keep people in their homes. “We don’t have… Continue Reading Foreclosure councilors facing cuts as need grows

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The sports industry could teach the nonprofit sector something about succession planning. Professional sports teams are in continual recruiting mode, teambuilding up to 10 years in advance. Nonprofits, however, are often left scrambling to find new leadership when an executive director moves on. Few young people, it seems, even consider careers in the nonprofit sector.… Continue Reading Springs nonprofits looking for leaders of tomorrow

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The $880 million, 62-mile Southern Delivery System pipeline that will move water from the Pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs has survived the past eight City Councils and carries the support of virtually every political heavyweight in the region. But there’s a nightmare possibility for Colorado Springs Utilities: What if voters elect a Council next week… Continue Reading CSU mounts pre-election media blitz to promote SDS

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The rest of the nation knows Colorado Springs as a sports mecca, from the Olympics to mountain biking to ice hockey. Locals, however, may be unaware of the full extent of the city’s sports connection, from youth soccer to annual championships involving teams from around the world. This story gauges the economic impact of the… Continue Reading Ka-ching! When athletes hit town, the dollars follow

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Strong mayor candidates on business issues

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Although seven people are running for the office, the Business Journal chose to survey the top five candidates, based on campaign contributions. A brief bio of each candidate and their answers to four questions pertinent to the business community are listed below. Continue Reading Strong mayor candidates on business issues

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Shawna Kemppainen and Lisa Green want what other couples already have: the chance to take care of each other.

Green has multiple sclerosis and is on several expensive medications. Thanks to domestic partner health benefits at Kemppainen’s work, she’s covered by insurance. The two know they’re fortunate. Continue Reading Same-sex partners struggle for health insurance

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Insurance benefits: How to change the culture

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It’s easy for businesses to offer domestic partner insurance benefits, as long as they follow a few legal — and cultural — steps. Most insurance companies, for example, offer domestic partner benefits. Kaiser Permanente was one of more than 300 companies to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for its equality efforts. Communication is… Continue Reading Insurance benefits: How to change the culture

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Meetings and conventions have been called the invisible industry, but hoteliers in Colorado Springs intend to change that. And if the Convention and Visitors Bureau has its way, the region will be a hotbed for group business. With the economy starting to turn around, convention business is poised to recover, locally. Last year, while hotel… Continue Reading Convention industry grows as corporate stigma fades

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