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More isn’t always better: Job picture brightens, but still complicated by underemployment

All the experts agree: Jobs are returning to Colorado Springs. They also agree that it’s going to be a long, slow slog back to the days of peak levels of employment. El Paso County has added about 4,200 jobs in the past year — that’s pretty good news, says Tom Zwirlein, professor of finance at… Continue Reading More isn’t always better: Job picture brightens, but still complicated by underemployment

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Cutting edge: Arts could drive much of downtown’s renaissance

Experts around the country argue that arts and culture have the power to transform blighted areas into vibrant ones and drive economic development — a philosophy that downtown Colorado Springs leaders take to heart. As part of a dramatic restructuring at the Downtown Partnership, a staffed downtown advocacy organization, Lara Garritano has been named the… Continue Reading Cutting edge: Arts could drive much of downtown’s renaissance

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Power in numbers

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Power in numbers

Colorado Springs’ young professionals are forming groups to share their backgrounds and needs Save the Date What: Rocky Mountain Young Professionals Summit When: Oct. 24-26, Colorado Springs Why: breakout sessions, trade show and networking Want to help plan? Email Sandy Wenger at swenger@conspire2hire.com The sleek, modern downtown offices of fuseSPORT are headed up by one… Continue Reading Power in numbers

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Revised priority: Springs might not be a clean-tech hub, but industry won’t be ignored

While clean technology was the fastest-growing industry in Colorado over the past five years, it’s not likely to be the linchpin of economic growth in Colorado Springs. And economic leaders say that might be OK. The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance has declared clean tech, which includes renewable energy manufacturing, installation and maintenance, a focus… Continue Reading Revised priority: Springs might not be a clean-tech hub, but industry won’t be ignored

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Springs-area attractions investing in big improvements for tourists

Colorado Springs area attractions and tourist destinations have invested, or plan to invest, almost $134 million in improvements this year. The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau reached out to its members to find out what they had planned. The results provided an impressive list of local attractions planning to invest anywhere from tens of… Continue Reading Springs-area attractions investing in big improvements for tourists

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Local real estate brokerages are hiring. ERA Shields has hired more than 20 real estate agents and support staff members in the past year. RE/MAX Properties has added 16 since January. Prudential Rocky Mountain Realtors has bumped its staff from seven agents to nine. Some of the hires are seasoned real estate professionals simply moving… Continue Reading Strong real estate market has brokerages beefing up

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Hot market: Fire serves to reignite Westside construction, home buying

Realtor Ray Shea recently ushered a pair of buyers into a half-million-dollar home in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood. “It’s a view lot,” Shea said. “We’re standing there, looking out the window and all you can see is charred, burned hillside. I’m waiting for them to drop the bomb in my lap and say, ‘Wow, this… Continue Reading Hot market: Fire serves to reignite Westside construction, home buying

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What sequester? Construction continues despite other cuts

After months of news about decreasing Defense Department budgets, there’s a bright spot on the horizon for Colorado Springs. In 2014, the Pentagon plans to spend 27 percent of its Army construction budget at Fort Carson, bringing jobs and opportunities to the region, and signaling the increasing importance of the Mountain Post to overall defense… Continue Reading What sequester? Construction continues despite other cuts

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Immigration debate heading toward Springs

Administrators at The Vanguard School, a charter high school in District 12, had no idea what they were getting into when they decided to hire a German citizen to teach their German and Spanish foreign language classes as well as English classes. “He can teach all three classes,” said Diane Borre, the school’s business manager.… Continue Reading Immigration debate heading toward Springs

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Gas stations heating up commercial market

One segment of the Colorado Springs commercial real estate market is experiencing explosive growth — gas stations. “It seems like the only thing that’s really moving,” said Lori Ondrick, a retail broker with Quantum Commercial Group. Ryan Tefertiller, a city planner, said everyone in the planning department has dealt with at least one gas station… Continue Reading Gas stations heating up commercial market

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