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Gas prices will help economy

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

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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If you read the Business Journal last week, you saw detailed reporting from Cameron Moix on the latest strong signal that positive changes are in the air for downtown Colorado Springs. The story covered local entrepreneur Kevin O’Neil’s latest aggressive venture — buying the Homburg Center complex of buildings, also known as the restored Atchison,… Continue Reading Downtown news may be the true Catalyst

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Rest assured, in numerous meetings and conversations already, those people who put two-plus years into the campaign for stormwater, which became the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority and Ballot Question 1B in the recent election, have been talking about what happens next. They don’t have a lot of answers for how they might have done… Continue Reading Stormwater vote could be costly

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Makepeace makes strong points in campaign kickoff

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Mary Lou Makepeace knows how to fill a room and give a speech. Those talents were on abundant display Wednesday morning at the packed downtown Gold Room (a Mining Exchange event venue) as Makepeace formally kicked off her mayoral campaign for the April 2015 city election. Makepeace called for “collaboration and unity among our civic… Continue Reading Makepeace makes strong points in campaign kickoff

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Murphy deserves RBA honor

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Last Saturday night, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance took care of an oversight that actually pre-dated the organization’s existence. At its annual gala, culminating the usual array of awards, the CSRBA announced its Business Citizen of the Year for 2014. The winner was Chuck Murphy, who came to the podium with longtime friend Gov.… Continue Reading Murphy deserves RBA honor

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Election dissection, from PPRDA to defense

In the aftermath of the 2014 election in El Paso County, we come away with some clear messages from voters and priorities for local leaders going forward. We already knew that the Pikes Peak region would go virtually all in with the nationwide Republican tidal wave. That much was obvious from the U.S. Senate race,… Continue Reading Election dissection, from PPRDA to defense

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Dispirited Democrats! Delighted Republicans! It was 2008 all over again, except this time the winners had an “R” after their names. A few dazed survivors were left to pick through the wreckage Tuesday night, including Michael Merrifield, Pete Lee and then, much later, Gov. John Hickenlooper, who somehow managed to come back from the dead… Continue Reading Pavlovian response prevails in stormwater vote

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It’s always fun to follow the continuing feud between Mayor Steve Bach’s administration and Council President Keith King’s five-person Council majority. King’s latest biblically-tinged letter to Bach, obtained by the Business Journal, starts off on a hopeful note. “City Council is willing…to come together and honor the Isaiah 2 mandate: ‘Turn our swords in plowshares… Continue Reading Back to business: Bach, Council still firing salvos at each other

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Space Command in humble hands of Hyten

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Not often in life do you have the chance to sit down with a four-star general who grew up in Alabama, proudly graduated from Harvard, couldn’t become a pilot because “I’m legally blind” and yet has worked his way up to the top of the Air Force Space Command. It simply doesn’t happen. Even before… Continue Reading Space Command in humble hands of Hyten

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