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Yes, government should help create jobs

Here’s a profoundly irritating campaign trope, to which most of our council/mayor candidates seem to subscribe: “Governments don’t create jobs — companies, entrepreneurs and people create jobs. The role of government is to remove obstacles to business and stick to the basics — public safety, infrastructure and parks!” That sounds great on the campaign trail,… Continue Reading Yes, government should help create jobs

Four months ago, when the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance began looking for a new president and CEO, the group’s leaders promised a thorough search that would focus on finding the best candidate — preferably someone already in our midst. That, plus the RBA setting up a selection committee to come up with possible options,… Continue Reading Draper: Perfect fit for Regional Business Alliance

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For a good chunk of February, a driving vacation took me back to my roots, visiting Arkansas and coming back through Texas, seeing family and friends at various stops. But though this trip wasn’t about work, I couldn’t avoid noticing some tourist attractions along the way, especially how they might relate to what’s going on… Continue Reading Museums, arenas shine if done right

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Is Colorado Springs finally emerging from its long economic funk? Are we at last moving forward into the broad, sunlit uplands that Winston Churchill believed awaited England once Nazi Germany was vanquished? It took England decades to shake off the wounds of war, shed its colonial empire, restructure social and political institutions and build a… Continue Reading Growth, progress have their down sides

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There were few surprises at Thursday night’s mayoral goat rope at UCCS, skillfully emceed by KKTV’s Don Ward and featuring the usual assortment of questions from a media panel, community leaders, UCCS students and Gazette readers. At this point in the campaign, the candidates have responded to every likely question dozens of times, and have… Continue Reading UCCS election forum: Observations and reflections

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Sometimes you never know when a driving trip for a vacation might provide a totally unexpected benefit. But that’s exactly what happened when a recent multi-state journey included passing through southwest Missouri and specifically the city of Springfield. For those who haven’t been there, Springfield is that state’s third-largest city with about 170,000 residents and… Continue Reading I-25/Fillmore concept works

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Twelve of the 13 at-large candidates for City Council were seated uncomfortably Tuesday evening behind tables that arced across the stage at Stargazers. There they would sit for the next two hours, giving bite-sized replies to complex questions (“you will each have 30 seconds to answer”). It was Westminster for local politics, the biennial City… Continue Reading Candidates differ, despite common backing

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Charting the best path for tourism

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Look at the comparative numbers, showing how little the Pikes Peak region spends to market its tourism industry in relation to other cities, and one can’t help but cringe. As you see in the accompanying news story, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau has decided to turn anecdotal information into solid statistical data, setting… Continue Reading Charting the best path for tourism

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Downtown momentum picks up steam

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By some measures, the Downtown Partnership’s progress report last week to the local business community might have come across as lacking in immediate news value. Granted, there were no blockbuster headlines created by the periodic event known as the “Downtown Lowdown,” happening this time at Centennial Hall and taking full advantage of El Paso County’s… Continue Reading Downtown momentum picks up steam

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Don’t believe all those statistics

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Perhaps the most confusing business story of 2015 so far was the recent word from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, saying final revisions of local economic barometers — due in mid-March — likely will indicate the Colorado Springs area added about 6,000 jobs in 2014. That statistic, if true, would mean a hefty… Continue Reading Don’t believe all those statistics

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