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Cities are not born by accident. New York, San Francisco and New Orleans began as seaports, gateways to a vast, unsettled country. Heartland metropolises such as Kansas City, St. Louis and Denver were commercial hubs that sprouted from the growth and prosperity generated by the industrial revolution. No one individual created any of those cities.… Continue Reading Pikes Peak still can turn rocks into revenue

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Yes, we have an arts scene worth recognizing

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Ron Brasch remembers reading a newspaper article about 15 years ago, shortly after he had moved to Colorado Springs. The article was anything but flattering about our city and its appeal to outsiders who might consider moving here. In particular, the piece sent a critically negative message about the local arts scene and its shortcomings,… Continue Reading Yes, we have an arts scene worth recognizing

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Gambucci shows what staying can produce

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Andy Gambucci came to Colorado Springs in 1949, leaving his hockey-crazy hometown of Eveleth, Minn., to further his education and play sports at Colorado College. Little did Gambucci know at the time where his career path would lead, both in athletics and the business world. He certainly excelled at hockey, and Gambucci played on the… Continue Reading Gambucci shows what staying can produce

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My drive to work each day brings me down West Colorado Avenue, through Old Colorado City and into downtown. Every morning I notice the Goodwill property that hopefully now will become a candidate for revitalization with mixed-use development. Look at it, imagine the possibilities and you can’t help but wish you had the money to… Continue Reading Mixed-use solutions: They’re all around us

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Don’t forget Crowley’s theme

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Fred Crowley moved to Colorado Springs 15 years ago from the Northeast, ready in his late 40s to step away from his life as an economist. He arrived here in 1998, amid the best times for Colorado Springs and its local economy. Soon, Crowley was turning his planned early retirement into a second career, first… Continue Reading Don’t forget Crowley’s theme

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The digital economy is getting hammered with advanced cyber attacks. As a business executive your awareness of this issue grows daily and cyber security is now weighing on your mind. You are not alone. After interviewing 588 C-suite and Board-level executives, the Lloyds’ 2013 Risk Index reported that cyber risk is considered the third-highest risk… Continue Reading Three mindsets about cyber risk: Which one will resonate?

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Spend most of a week in Washington, D.C., as a group of 30 local leaders coordinated by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance just did, talking to people involved with government in many ways — from elected officials to support staffs, lobbyists and federal agency staffers — and soon you hear the same messages, over… Continue Reading D.C. takeaway – battles there can hurt here

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BRAC could start overseas

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If you want to strike fear into a city like Colorado Springs, where our local and regional economy leans so heavily on the military, all you have to do is bring up that most dreaded acronym. BRAC. In plain English, it means Base Realignment and Closure of military installations, a process that over the past… Continue Reading BRAC could start overseas

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When hard work turns into hard cash

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Part 3 — A True Story: Using Value Drivers to Sell a Valuable Business. In our first article (Feb. 28), we encouraged entrepreneurs to “begin with the end in mind” when they start their business. A plan needs to be focused on the kind of business you plan to create over time. Then in our… Continue Reading When hard work turns into hard cash

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Playing a role in our community can be good for business. In a competitive business environment, many potential customers tend to do business with those companies that demonstrate social responsibility. Also, people look to be employed by companies who care. Here are a few ideas we have learned from our community engagement that you can… Continue Reading Being involved in your community pays dividends

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