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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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City can learn online lesson

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Every year, several dozen people from Colorado Springs take what’s well known as the Regional Leaders Trip, visiting cities to see what they have that we might replicate. Those trips have gone to Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Oklahoma City; Portland, Ore.; Omaha, Neb., and Salt Lake City. From each, the contingent returned with ideas that… Continue Reading City can learn online lesson

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Springs should embrace its ’86 cycling roots

Three years ago this week, the USA Pro Challenge brought world-class cycling back to Colorado Springs after a 25-year absence. With the global TV coverage showing many breathtaking camera views around Garden of the Gods and above the city, the Pro Challenge sprang to life in August 2011 as Colorado Springs hosted the Prologue time… Continue Reading Springs should embrace its ’86 cycling roots

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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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Look around you, not always in the most obvious places, and you’ll see some very positive signs of a developing trend in the Pikes Peak region. For starters, check the downtown alley going north and south between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street. Already, one block of alleyway has been spruced up and resurfaced between Bijou… Continue Reading Area must reach out more to young adults

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Regional leaders bring their ideas

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When the subject has been economic development in the Business Journal, usually the focal point of the conversation has been the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, and understandably so. But sometimes it helps to hear other opinions, especially when they’re coming from others in our midst who also have an ownership stake in the regional… Continue Reading Regional leaders bring their ideas

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For those who were watching the special meeting Tuesday afternoon of the El Paso County commissioners and the Colorado Springs City Council, in person or on TV/computer, you saw an amazing — even memorable — display of local politics in action … or perhaps that should be inaction. For three hours in the Council Chambers… Continue Reading City, county almost make it work, except …

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Week after week, we hear assurances that important announcements are coming, perhaps soon, in regard to City for Champions. Just a guess, but that probably would not include anything newsworthy in regard to the proposed multipurpose Colorado Sports and Event Center, commonly known as the downtown stadium. In truth, it’s an indoor-outdoor complex adjacent to… Continue Reading Downtown complex could go back to baseball

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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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Hard to justify more than stormwater

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In small groups, meetings and conversations across the city, discussions have been ongoing about what ballot issues should go before local voters in the November election. The suspense won’t last much longer. By the end of July, county commissioners must decide, as required by state law, what countywide questions to present as ballot measures. That… Continue Reading Hard to justify more than stormwater

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