The Colorado Economic Futures Panel has released its final report, and if even half of the proposals included in “Principles for Progress: Shaping the Economic Future of Colorado” are implemented, life as we know it in Colorado is going to change in major ways.
The report is 23 pages long and there’s no way I can do it justice in a single column, so if you want to read it in its entirety, visit www.du.edu/economicpanel/report/index.html. Continue Reading Economic panel proposes some major changes
Myth No. 1: 2005 was a bad year for the stock market.
You’ve probably seen the headlines:
“Dow Jones suffers its first loss since 2002”
“NASDAQ ekes out 1.4 percent gain in 2005”
“S&P 500 manages only a 3 percent gain for the year”
The gurus predicted another “Santa Clause rally” that didn’t happen. Continue Reading Two and a half market myths
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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