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New city theme: Don’t start thinkin’ about tomorrow

In a telling display of futility, City Council refused Tuesday to put Mayor Steve Bach’s proposed $160 million infrastructure bond issue on the April 7 city election ballot. After a parade of city department heads and concerned citizens came forward to emphasize the gravity of the city’s capital improvement, stormwater, public safety, road maintenance and… Continue Reading New city theme: Don’t start thinkin’ about tomorrow

Last Friday night, we went out to eat at Fujiyama, one of the many popular restaurants downtown on Tejon Street. Given that Colorado College was playing a home hockey game, and various other entertainment options were available to start the weekend, we didn’t expect to see much in the way of crowds. As we sat… Continue Reading Local economy feels healthier to start 2015

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Downtown’s Blue Dot Place apartment complex is, according to developer Darsey Nicklasson, on schedule for completion this fall. It has been a process that has led to some interesting design changes, as Nicklasson and business partner Kathy Loo respond to feedback from potential tenants and apply cost-benefit analyses to other construction options that also appeal… Continue Reading Blue Dot priorities embrace quality of life

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John Hickenlooper began his second four-year term as Colorado’s governor this week, and in his inaugural address Tuesday, he followed his usual script — personal, self-effacing, humble yet fully optimistic. He didn’t specifically mention Colorado Springs. But then again, the governor’s approach wasn’t built on laying out the benefits, past and future, for any certain… Continue Reading Governor’s task starts with infrastructure

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John Hickenlooper began his second four-year term as Colorado’s governor this week, and in his inaugural address Tuesday, he followed his usual script — personal, self-effacing, humble yet fully optimistic. He didn’t specifically mention Colorado Springs. But then again, the governor’s approach wasn’t built on laying out the benefits, past and future, for any certain… Continue Reading Governor’s planning starts with infrastructure

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As those of us who have covered City Council meetings in the past couple of years know only too well, former Councilor Joel Miller is remarkably prolix. Unlike his laconic colleague Helen Collins, Miller frequently spoke from the dais, going on … and on  … and on. On one occasion, he harangued his captive audience… Continue Reading The world according to candidate Joel Miller

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Legislators seek common ground

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Perhaps it was the calm before the storm, but we were encouraged by how civil the state’s lawmakers acted leading into the Legislature’s 2015 session, which convened Wednesday. Yes, there will be friction over the next four months as the General Assembly works on the state budget and numerous other proposals, given how close the… Continue Reading Legislators seek common ground

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Another key list: Ten Women to Watch in ’15

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Elsewhere in this Business Journal, you’ll find our annual list of Ten Companies to Watch in the year ahead. That turned into a healthy package for our Focus section, but how about some people to follow? In fact, let’s go even further, with Ten Women to Watch in 2015 across the area’s business scene. We… Continue Reading Another key list: Ten Women to Watch in ’15

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Let’s pull together more in 2015

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As the new year begins, we can see a lot of positives surrounding the Colorado Springs business community. The local economy is holding its own, and we continue to observe many optimistic signs about the months ahead. Two major projects on the east side of downtown, the O’Neil Group’s Catalyst Campus as well as developments… Continue Reading Let’s pull together more in 2015

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Assessing 2014: It’s ending on good note

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How will we remember 2014 in regard to the Colorado Springs business community? There’s no single message or theme that stands out, unless you want to continue slamming the unproductive relationship between Mayor Steve Bach and City Council. Of course, we’ve watched that script evolve and worsen since Bach took over as the first “strong… Continue Reading Assessing 2014: It’s ending on good note

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