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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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The city’s ethics commission has decided to narrow its investigation of City Councilor Tim Leigh to three allegations related to actions he took regarding Neumann Systems Group. The commission, at the same time, said it could not investigate several other allegations — including those that said Leigh had made negative public statements, had interacted with… Continue Reading Ethics Commission narrows scope of Leigh investigation

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Colorado Springs residents started getting their holiday shopping on in November, pouring $10.2 million into city coffers with sales and use tax. The City is reporting that sales and use tax collections in December, which represent sales activity in November, are up 14.1 percent over the same month last year. So far, that is the… Continue Reading November shopping pushes sales tax collections past 2007 levels

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Despite a full-court press by Colorado Springs’ business and community leaders, its federal lobbyist and the state’s congressional delegation, no money was approved for watershed management or protection after the Waldo Canyon fire and the High Park fire. The House of Representatives failed to pass an amendment to an appropriations bill that delegated funds to… Continue Reading House fails to approve Colo. money for watershed protection

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PERA, city pension trial set for October

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A five-day trial pitting Colorado Springs against the Public Employees Retirement Association will start Oct. 28. At risk is $185 million from the lease proceeds of Memorial Hospital to University of Colorado Health. The money could be used to jump start a new foundation that will distribute grant money once it is up and running… Continue Reading PERA, city pension trial set for October

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Here’s a challenge for all you would-be entrepreneurs — run for City Council. You have three months to create, finance and market a new organization. Once you commit, you’ll be subject to frequent, fierce and often unfair media scrutiny. If you succeed in your local test market, you may be able to go statewide and,… Continue Reading City candidates have to apply business principles

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Milton E. Proby project wins state award

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The project that turned the Milton E. Proby Parkway into a four-lane divided parkway, with three additional bridges has received statewide accolades. The Colorado chapter of the American Public Works Association named the parkway “Project of the Year.” The project aided traffic congestion through a major intersection in Colorado Springs. “The recognition of Milton E.… Continue Reading Milton E. Proby project wins state award

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A coalition of local business, community leaders and elected officials are trying to secure a $19.8 million appropriation to federal legislation that provides disaster assistance related to Hurricane Sandy and Fort Collins High Park fire. They say the money is sorely needed to aid with lingering Waldo Canyon fire recovery efforts. Organizations included in the local effort include the Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Springs lobbying for $20 million under Hurricane Sandy federal relief package

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Bach hires CIO

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Mayor Steve Bach has hired a new chief information officer to handle the city’s information technology projects. Joe Palmer will join the city Jan. 21 after final approval from City Council on Jan. 8. His salary will be $128,000. Palmer was most recently chief information officer for Jefferson County, where he oversaw a staff of… Continue Reading Bach hires CIO

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Every four years, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration holds a public meeting in Colorado Springs to review federal transportation certification review. This year, the meeting is slated for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, 15 S. Seventh Street. The two groups will jointly… Continue Reading Federal transportation authorities hold Springs public hearing

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