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Not too long ago, The Gazette ran an article about the increasing number of young professionals leaving our community.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported that, from 2001 to 2004, El Paso County lost 8 percent of its workers in the 25 to 34 age range. Denver County lost even more, with a 13-percent decline in the same period. Continue Reading Art, culture important to Colorado Springs’ future

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Business of innovation – resort style

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Business continues to amaze me. Different business models, different types of business. I find it quite fascinating to watch how people innovate and set themselves apart from the competition.
I am writing this beachside in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where I am attending an Alliance of Area Business Publications conference. OK, it is tough work, but someone has to do it. Continue Reading Business of innovation – resort style

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Pikes Peak United Way, in collaboration with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, is making it easier for people to match themselves with volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer Pikes Peak (www.volunteerpikespeak.org) is a community-wide, Web-based volunteer database that links local agencies in need of volunteer assistance with people looking for opportunities. Continue Reading Finding the right volunteer opportunity a click away

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Lack of economic incentives isn’t going away

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Ian Askill, the CEO of Aspire Biotech, gave a talk recently at a Peak Venture Group breakfast about biotechnology. One of the questions he asked was, “Does it have life in the Springs?”
There are 21 or so biotech companies in the area. Askill sent them a survey. The observations he compiled: Continue Reading Lack of economic incentives isn’t going away

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New issues for aging suburbia

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Taxes, home prices, traffic. Problems all seem to get worse and worse. It makes you wonder: Will we ever be able to solve them?
The affordable housing problem offers a good example. People agree we need more moderate-priced housing, but it seems that building it will just add to the spiral of taxes, traffic and overdevelopment. Continue Reading New issues for aging suburbia

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Workplace doozies that are stranger than fiction

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Day in and day out, the majority of happenings in offices around the world would probably fall into the category of reliably mundane. Aside from the occasional fires that have to be put out, business as usual is usually business as usual.
But every now and then, things do get interesting. And sometimes, things are so out there that they defy belief. Continue Reading Workplace doozies that are stranger than fiction

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I am betting this isn’t a headline you will see in your CSBJ any time soon. It was in the Des Moines Business Record.
GCommerce received $2 million in incentives from the state of Iowa and the city of Des Moines to relocate from New York, the story reported. Continue Reading Company gets $2 million in incentives to relocate

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It’s a good thing I write my columns at the office. If I didn’t, there’s a good chance that what you’d see every week would be blank space with a little picture of my head staring back at you.
I’m basing that on a survey conducted by NFI Research that showed while 90 percent of senior executives and managers are good at getting started at work, only 71 percent are good at getting started at home. Continue Reading Much easier to put things off away from the office

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There is hope for the young professional crowd

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Last Friday, the local daily paper – in all its wisdom – had the following front page headline, “El Paso County Losing Young Professionals.” There also was a photo of a 22-year-old who is leaving Colorado Springs.
The story can be summed up quickly: A few people got interviewed and readers got the feeling there may be no hope for retaining our young professional work force. The reporter left us stumped as to why a 22-year-old who’s lived in a town for eight years wants to leave. Continue Reading There is hope for the young professional crowd

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In April, we will be honoring young business and community leaders at a special event.
This is a remake of “40 under 40” – a staple of business journals across the country. I think this is especially important as we see the baby boomer generation leaving the workforce. Continue Reading Rising Stars and fun at work … but not too much

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