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The TABOR/23 long-term financial straightjacket

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This week, the Colorado Bankers Association made an uncharacteristic move by speaking out on a non-banking matter that has a significant impact on the Colorado economy by sending the below letter to elected officials. CBA takes this unusual step of speaking out on a non-banking matter since our member banks are very concerned about the… Continue Reading The TABOR/23 long-term financial straightjacket

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Herman Trend Alert:

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More women are pursuing careers than ever before in history. Throughout the world, women are gaining more education, deeper wisdom, and higher effectiveness than in previous generations. They compete successfully with men and, in many cases, prove their superiority. Increasing demand for highly competent women—as leaders, as professionals who can be counted on to get… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert:

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Springs Youth Challenge makes quite an impression

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In Colorado Springs, there is a group of high school juniors who have the opportunity to do something that many of their peers do not. Those teens who participate in Springs Youth Challenge get to be involved in the community. And because many people think that our age group does not care, that is a… Continue Reading Springs Youth Challenge makes quite an impression

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Herman Trend Alert: Parents Working for Kids

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For generations, young people entering the workforce worked for their parents. In most cases, these situations involved some sort of family business. In other arrangements, entry-level workers would start at jobs at the same place of employment where their father or mother worked. This process was a good way to get started in a career,… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert: Parents Working for Kids

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City balances 2005 budget

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The balancing process for the City’s 2005 General Fund Budget is complete. This year’s proceedings were made easier by improved sales tax revenues and tough decisions made in 2004 to curb spending. The City’s fiscal condition has improved due to growth in the national economy, modest improvements in the advanced technology sector and also the… Continue Reading City balances 2005 budget

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Convention center not a good idea

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If you attended the Nov. 22 City Council meeting, you heard first hand why the proposed downtown convention center is not a good idea. And it came straight from the horse’s mouth. Under questioning by Council members, the Strategic Advisory Group partner presenting his firm’s findings muted the optimistic tone of the study by admitting… Continue Reading Convention center not a good idea

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What's wrong with this picture?

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Conventional wisdom often dictates that you shouldn’t “give up your day job.” Of course “conventional” probably wouldn’t be the first word to come to mind when describing Donald Trump. And I’m not sure anyone could define with any degree of certainty exactly what his day job is. But something obviously isn’t getting the attention it… Continue Reading What's wrong with this picture?

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Herman Trend Alert: The Great Mismatch

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Higher education has become more accessible to students in developed countries around the world. A university degree has gained status as a means of entry into more highly regarded careers. Families at all socioeconomic levels now strongly encourage their youth to attend 4-year colleges and universities, as well as to pursue graduate degrees. In many… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert: The Great Mismatch

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Convention center still makes sense

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The third study about the feasibility of a convention center and hotel in downtown Colorado Springs has been finished and guess what: It looks like we paid $58,000 to find out what we already knew – building a convention center complex makes sense. The Strategic Advisory Group concluded that the feasibility studies conducted by HVS… Continue Reading Convention center still makes sense

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Riding Colorado's election rollercoaster

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If Election 2004 was a rollercoaster, most everyone in Colorado would be a bit dizzy after those elusive “swing voters” reminded both political parties that they are truly independent. Republicans celebrated that President Bush not only won Colorado but also became the first presidential candidate since his father in 1988 to receive more than 50… Continue Reading Riding Colorado's election rollercoaster

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