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Manitou administrator brings new approach

Manitou administrator brings new approach

More than 20 years ago, traveling from New Hampshire to California, Jason Wells stopped in Denver to visit a friend. As is the story for many transplants to Colorado, Wells fell in love with the state, the weather, the people, and says he’s “still visiting.” He earned his bachelor’s degree, law degree and a master… Continue Reading Manitou administrator brings new approach

Bach looks back

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Bach looks back

In June 2011, Steve Bach took office as the city’s first strong mayor, promising to transform city government, revitalize the local economy and run a lean, efficient, business-friendly administration. Those tasks would have challenged the most experienced politician, yet Bach had never served as an elected official. His decades of business experience had familiarized him… Continue Reading Bach looks back

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Springs boasts many YP groups, programs

Colorado Springs will retain more of its young professionals if the region’s current leaders acknowledge the ideas that come from YPs now, says the director of the Leadership Pikes Peak YP program Leadership Now!, Sylvia Sedrak. The Colorado Springs business community has grown several YP organizations and leadership courses for young professionals between 20 and… Continue Reading Springs boasts many YP groups, programs

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Charlie Whelan is the CEO and executive director of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. Federally funded with a budget close to $8 million annually, the center offers multiple layers of help to people seeking employment in this region. Whelan, who describes himself as a “young-at-heart [Baby] Boomer who embraces the new world every day and… Continue Reading Whelan nurtures the local workforce

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Urban Peak helps youth who are homeless

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Urban Peak helps youth who are homeless

Shawna Kemppainen looks forward every day to get to work. That’s because each day is an opportunity to help a youth who is experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs. Originally from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Kemppainen describes herself as a yooper, for the U.P.), she spent 16 years in Arizona before moving to Colorado Springs. She studied… Continue Reading Urban Peak helps youth who are homeless

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Developer helps build workforce

South Dakota native and then-newlywed Mike Ruebenson, a CPA, moved to Colorado Springs to work an internship at a Big 8 accounting firm. Fast-forward more than 30 years, Ruebenson and his bride Mary now have three children, Jennifer, Ryan and Lauren, and roots firmly embedded in El Paso County. He has a “new” career: land… Continue Reading Developer helps build workforce

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Gold mine for sale

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Gold mine for sale

AngloGold Ashanti, parent company of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company, is negotiating the partial or full sale of one of the company’s “key operating assets.” While Anglo CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan declined to specify which assets were for sale, the company seeks to reduce $3.1 billion of net debt by at least $1… Continue Reading Gold mine for sale

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On the Horizon – February 20, 2015

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Feb. 20 Legislative watch Regional Business Alliance meets twice monthly to discuss proposed laws that affect business; free, from 7:30-9 a.m., Alamo Center Conference Room, 102 S. Tejon St. For information, 471-8183. Wines of Italy Wine festival to benefit the Colorado Springs Conservatory, 7 p.m., The Broadmoor Colorado Hall. Tickets at conservatory.org or 577-4556. Feb.… Continue Reading On the Horizon – February 20, 2015

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Kudos! – February 20, 2015

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SKR+Co CPA completes Cannon Trust School Stockman Kast Ryan + Co., a locally owned certified public accounting firm, announced CPA and Tax Partner Ann Koenigsman recently completed the Cannon Trust School as an honor graduate, the highest academic distinction, and was awarded the Certified Trust & Financial Advisor designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers,… Continue Reading Kudos! – February 20, 2015

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People on the Move – February 20, 2015

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Steve Urbano joined Studio C3 as a creative and director. Urbano is a live action and animation director for commercials and networks. He has worked with the Discovery Channel, Pepsi, Ford and others and most recently wrote and directed a commercial with NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. Studio C3 was founded in Colorado Springs and expanded… Continue Reading People on the Move – February 20, 2015

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