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Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous… Continue Reading Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

Two developments related to Interstate 25 have come up in recent weeks, and they will have an impact on Colorado Springs for the next few years. So much of an impact, we should point out, that the city should be thinking proactively of ways to deal with it. Most folks are aware by now that… Continue Reading City should prepare for I-25 work overlap

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In a Denver hotel ballroom Monday afternoon, Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado confirmed what almost anyone close to the state’s business scene already knew. Colorado’s economy continues to be strong, as confirmed by most of the 2015 Colorado Business Economic Outlook. That report, produced annually by CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business by… Continue Reading Colorado outlook can’t hurt us

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A couple of decades ago, no one would have put Duluth on a list of America’s best towns, let alone at the top of the list. Located 150 miles north of Minneapolis, on the shores of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota, Duluth was a dying Rust Belt city with a collapsing economic base and an… Continue Reading Here’s a different role model: Duluth!

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Steve Bartolin arrived at The Broadmoor in 1991, at a time when the resort needed far more than just some touch-up work. No, the hotel wasn’t crumbling, but it was on the verge of losing touch with the changing world. Being a gorgeous yet slowly fading relic, and living on its reputation as a private… Continue Reading Bartolin turned challenge into his own era

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Positive thinking: Our most popular businesses

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Let’s take a walk on the lighter side of the local business scene. We’ve had enough heavy topics lately with the election, discord among City Council, who’s running (or not) for mayor and what’s being done (or not) to help our local economy keep up with the constant good news coming out of Denver and… Continue Reading Positive thinking: Our most popular businesses

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Let’s not have city mega-ballot

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Colorado Springs finds itself in a state of governmental flux near the end of 2014. We’re on the brink of a long, potentially divisive campaign for mayor in the upcoming April municipal election, muddled more by Councilor Joel Miller’s announcement Monday that he would resign to enter the race. We’ll… Continue Reading Let’s not have city mega-ballot

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Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

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Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

Makepeace, Miller, Suthers & Lathen — it has a certain mellifluous ring, don’t you think? It could be a long-vanished New York law firm, sharing an office building with Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Mitchell. But as the April 2015 municipal election approaches in Colorado Springs, it’ll be clear that MMS&L aren’t amiable partners… Continue Reading Miller’s entry changes mayoral battlefield

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Gas prices will help economy

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Going into the year-ending holiday season, you can see for yourself arguably the best news for the Colorado Springs-area business community every time you drive around the city. Check the signs at gas stations and convenience stores showing prices per gallon. That’s all you have to do. For several months now, we’ve seen the typical… Continue Reading Gas prices will help economy

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Let’s learn lessons from Raso’s fate

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When the email arrived last Tuesday afternoon announcing Joe Raso’s resignation as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, it came as no surprise whatsoever. For the past several months, speculation had built that Raso would be leaving soon, until the rumors suddenly rose in volume and specific detail during the last… Continue Reading Let’s learn lessons from Raso’s fate

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