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2014: North Tejon stands out

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Assuming most readers have waded through our special look-back at the stories and issues that shaped the year of 2014, we felt it would be appropriate to add an unexpected, additional exclamation mark at the end. We always are watching as small businesses come and go, make progress and find their niches. Sometimes, they create… Continue Reading 2014: North Tejon stands out

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Time is now for next leaders

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There’s a brilliant one-sentence description of Colorado Springs circulating among many in the business community. It goes like this: “We are a city of leaders — without a leader.” At the same time, another mantra has been making the rounds in regard to another hot-button local issue: “As soon as Steve Bach says he’s not… Continue Reading Time is now for next leaders

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Newcomer sends message to leaders

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Myron Pierce knows most people in Colorado Springs haven’t heard of him, and that’s OK. He’s been busy for the past two years, laying the groundwork for earning a place at the table with community leaders, waiting for his chance to make the best-possible first impression. That moment arrived last Friday in an unlikely setting,… Continue Reading Newcomer sends message to leaders

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Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous… Continue Reading Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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Two developments related to Interstate 25 have come up in recent weeks, and they will have an impact on Colorado Springs for the next few years. So much of an impact, we should point out, that the city should be thinking proactively of ways to deal with it. Most folks are aware by now that… Continue Reading City should prepare for I-25 work overlap

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Colorado outlook can’t hurt us

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In a Denver hotel ballroom Monday afternoon, Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado confirmed what almost anyone close to the state’s business scene already knew. Colorado’s economy continues to be strong, as confirmed by most of the 2015 Colorado Business Economic Outlook. That report, produced annually by CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business by… Continue Reading Colorado outlook can’t hurt us

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A couple of decades ago, no one would have put Duluth on a list of America’s best towns, let alone at the top of the list. Located 150 miles north of Minneapolis, on the shores of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota, Duluth was a dying Rust Belt city with a collapsing economic base and an… Continue Reading Here’s a different role model: Duluth!

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Bartolin turned challenge into his own era

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Steve Bartolin arrived at The Broadmoor in 1991, at a time when the resort needed far more than just some touch-up work. No, the hotel wasn’t crumbling, but it was on the verge of losing touch with the changing world. Being a gorgeous yet slowly fading relic, and living on its reputation as a private… Continue Reading Bartolin turned challenge into his own era

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Positive thinking: Our most popular businesses

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Let’s take a walk on the lighter side of the local business scene. We’ve had enough heavy topics lately with the election, discord among City Council, who’s running (or not) for mayor and what’s being done (or not) to help our local economy keep up with the constant good news coming out of Denver and… Continue Reading Positive thinking: Our most popular businesses

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Let’s not have city mega-ballot

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Colorado Springs finds itself in a state of governmental flux near the end of 2014. We’re on the brink of a long, potentially divisive campaign for mayor in the upcoming April municipal election, muddled more by Councilor Joel Miller’s announcement Monday that he would resign to enter the race. We’ll… Continue Reading Let’s not have city mega-ballot

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