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2011 Forecast: The lift from an aviation brigade

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Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. President Mike Kazmierski is watching three items in the New Year that he believes have the potential to produce sustained economic growth for the city. They involve Fort Carson, relocating companies and a new mayor. For starters, Kazmierski is optimistic that an Army Combat Aviation Brigade will be created… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: The lift from an aviation brigade

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Next year will bring change, challenges and even peril to the Colorado Springs arts community. Two of the community’s most dynamic leaders will leave, while one of the city’s most treasured institutions may struggle to survive. Laurence Leighton-Smith, who has conducted the Colorado Springs Philharmonic since it rose from the ashes of the Colorado Springs… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: A new philharmonic conductor, a new COPPeR chief

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There is money and fame for any contrarian willing to stand in the face of popular sentiment and boldly call the top of a bubble or the bottom of a crash. But that hasn’t been incentive enough for anyone in the region to step up and trumpet a full-fledged real estate recovery for 2011. Of… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: Signs of life in real estate, but still far to go

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Thanks to their approval of the strong-mayor form of government in the November election, city residents will get what they voted for in 2011: change. Voters will select a new mayor and a seven of nine council members. The new mayor will have powers that his or her predecessors could only dream of, including preparing… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: A strong mayor, restrained by TABOR

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The biggest change coming in the local sports scene next year involves one of the biggest sports organizations in the world: The U.S. Olympic Committee is preparing for a series of events that will boost its profile in the Springs, as well as globally. “We have a nice list of premier events on tap,” said… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: USOC promises higher profile in new year

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2011 Forecast: Hoping for a return of lending

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Although lending is not likely to increase dramatically, there is some hope that 2011 will mean better things in the banking world. The healthiest local banks — 5 Star Bank, The Bank at Broadmoor, Central Bank and Trust, and FirstBank — are staying the course, maintaining capital levels and working through whatever bad loans they… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: Hoping for a return of lending

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After years of a down market, hoteliers anticipate a better year in 2011. A full recovery isn’t in the cards but most in the hospitality industry expect increases in occupancy rates and room rates. Two international events slated for summer and new to Colorado Springs will bring tens of thousands of visitors and spectators to… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: Occupancy firming, room rates to rise

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The last two years have been tumultuous for the U.S. space industry, but things are expected to calm down a bit in 2011 — even as Congress cuts programs and budgets. Some very large companies are preparing for more austere times by offering early retirement to senior staff members, said Brenden Curry, vice president of… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: A brighter outlook for space economy in Colo. Springs

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Big decisions will be made in the health care industry in 2011, both on the local and national stage. Locally, voters will decide the future of Memorial Health System. The City Council is moving ahead with plans for an April ballot issue that will create an independent, nonprofit instead of a municipally owned hospital system.… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: A decision, finally, on Memorial Health System

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Charitable contributions at some nonprofits are up; at others, it’s down. That’s why the 2011 forecast for the nonprofit arena is mixed. Demand for services has increased — especially at organizations that help low-income or unemployed people. At Pikes Peak United Way, for instance, demand is higher than it’s ever been at the 2-1-1 Call… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: Some cautious optimism at nonprofits

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