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Retail pot numbers eye-popping

Already we had been hearing positive economic news about summer tourism and sales tax revenues in Manitou Springs, helping the town of 5,000 residents strengthen its business climate and its ability to deal with fire and flood mitigation costs. Now comes another headline, one that has to reverberate across El Paso County. On July 31,… Continue Reading Retail pot numbers eye-popping

While I was driving across the Colorado Avenue bridge into downtown the other day, a billboard caught my eye. “Less Government, More Freedom,” it proclaimed, touting the candidacy of a local political hopeful. That’s a common campaign theme for Republicans and Libertarians. It sounds plausible — who among us hasn’t railed at the inefficiencies, incompetence… Continue Reading Consider this: More government, more freedom

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Two major community events this week are sending fresh signals that the Colorado Springs business community should feel encouraged about the future. First, on Tuesday, was the seventh annual Business & Arts Luncheon, put together as usual by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. The audience… Continue Reading Area newcomers lifting us higher

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Buses to Denver open door for marketing

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The most encouraging local economic news this week didn’t come in the form of a company expanding or moving to Colorado Springs. In fact, most folks probably didn’t even think of the story as being relevant to the business community. But it certainly could be. Make that should be. As reported this week by the… Continue Reading Buses to Denver open door for marketing

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Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

After months of dour predictions hinting that the 2015 city budget would incorporate as much as $6 million in cuts, Mayor Steve Bach unveiled his administration’s proposed budget Monday morning at the City Administration Building. There were no visible cuts. The 2015 general fund budget of $259 million is 3 percent higher than the 2014 budget.… Continue Reading Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

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Sports can revitalize city’s attitude

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Two noteworthy events in the past week could signal a better diagnosis for Colorado Springs. And no, they don’t have anything to do with adding jobs or attracting new businesses. First, last Saturday night, Air Force football awakened from a long slumber and laid a 28-14 whipping on heavily favored Boise State. It was arguably… Continue Reading Sports can revitalize city’s attitude

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There’s a certain slimy literary genre that newspaper employees have grown used to in the past decade — the pre-sale, pre-bankruptcy, pre-termination letter from the boss. Digital First Media CEO John Paton sent such a missive to DFM employees last week. It’s a classic of its kind, beginning with the fake-friendly, informal opening salutation (“Folks,”)… Continue Reading Best name for a newspaper? It’s now taken

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We have a developing crisis in a segment of the local small-business community, and it has nothing to do with the region’s economy, our endless political skirmishes or consumer behavior. But it’s a direct result of the disastrous fires that struck El Paso County the past two summers, Waldo Canyon in 2012 and Black Forest… Continue Reading Post-fire insurance woes taking hold

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The headline in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said it all: “Brewers settle for Colorado Springs as AAA team’s host.” Neither Colorado Springs nor Milwaukee had a choice. There are 32 major league teams and 32 Triple-A cities – so when one team jumps ship, as did the Rockies (and others in recent weeks), it triggers a… Continue Reading Baseball lives on in Springs, so why not a new name?

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Recently, the Business Journal obtained a grant for an unusual purpose — to bring together everyone this newspaper has recognized through the years as our Rising Stars, formerly known as “40 Under 40” honorees. Along with the invitation to a reception that took place Thursday night, we asked everyone to address one question: “If you… Continue Reading How young leaders would spend $1 million

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