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Update: Colorado Springs Forward alters its strategy

(Editor’s note: This is a revised version of a story that was posted Monday with updated information. The proposal at the end is unchanged.) “Colorado Springs Forward” is a relative newcomer to a long list of action-oriented community nonpartisan groups, but it may become a formidable player nonetheless. During the past several months, it has… Continue Reading Update: Colorado Springs Forward alters its strategy

In May 2011, Mike Kazmierski resigned as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation. Kazmierski, a blunt-talking former Army colonel, had been at odds with many of the EDC’s supporters and board members. The Great Recession hadn’t made it any easier to persuade businesses to move to Colorado Springs, and city… Continue Reading Kazmierski hits the economic development jackpot in Reno

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The race for mayor of Colorado Springs definitely is heating up, far ahead of the April 2015 municipal election. El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen formally announced on Labor Day, sending a statement to the media that may presage a major campaign theme. “It is time to unlock the doors of the Mayor’s Office,” Lathen… Continue Reading Mayoral candidates make moves to set up race

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No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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The news that the Colorado Balloon Classic will leave Colorado Springs in 2015 for greener (or maybe less bureaucratic) pastures was dismaying, to say the least. A press release from the Classic’s organizers cited “politics within the city, increasingly rigid special event procedures and an onerous 2015 LART [city sponsorship] application” as driving the decision.… Continue Reading No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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As City Council prepares to consider the absolutely, positively, for sure no kidding this time final version of the proposed intergovernmental agreement that will establish the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority, it’s interesting to consider the proposed entity from both a practical and political perspective. In most respects, Colorado Springs is the boss. The city… Continue Reading Council ready to put its stamp on Regional Drainage Authority

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Hazlehurst: Council puts kibosh on Xcel’s interest in Utilities

The Colorado Springs City Council (in its dual capacity as the Utility Board) met Wednesday and ignored Xcel Energy’s June 28 offer to enter into a non-disclosure agreement with Xcel subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado “with the specific intent of exploring over the next 60 days if there is a value proposition that would… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Council puts kibosh on Xcel’s interest in Utilities

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Elon Musk does not think small. The 43-year-old founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, took on  legacy organizations that seemed impregnable, challenging the mighty on their own ground. A payment system that competes directly with Visa and MasterCard? How preposterous — didn’t he realize that it wouldn’t work? A couple of billion dollars later,… Continue Reading Springs never had a shot at Tesla’s mega-jackpot

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Xcel Energy’s June 27 letter to Colorado Springs Utilities will be a game-changer, regardless of its immediate outcome. In the letter, Xcel vice president for asset development Bryan Hassler proposed that Xcel and CSU enter into a nondisclosure agreement “with the specific intent of exploring over the next 60 days if there is a value… Continue Reading How should Council respond to Xcel? Listen, at least

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Urban renewal! It’s what we all want, isn’t it? Imagine new structures replacing blighted areas of southwest downtown, a gleaming new city arising from the abandoned buildings, potholed streets, cracked sidewalks and decaying warehouses of downtown’s forgotten zone. Aren’t you glad that the city, the state, the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority and downtown property… Continue Reading Tejon’s energy shows how downtown can develop

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What can we do about income inequality? In a long piece in Politico, billionaire venture capitalist Tom Hanauer supports nearly doubling the national minimum wage to $15 an hour. Hanauer is seriously rich. He was the first non-family member to invest in Jeff Bezos’ tiny little online bookstore, and also founded an Internet marketing company… Continue Reading Want to be a congressional intern? Open your checkbook

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