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Letters to the Editor – July 19, 2013

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Why can’t we work together? The civic engagement trip to Omaha a few months ago, following those to Portland, Oklahoma City and Austin, brought forth an interesting comparison of statements: From former U.S. Sen. David Karnes, R-Neb., as quoted in the Business Journal: “Having business leadership and government leaders work together is the reason we… Continue Reading Letters to the Editor – July 19, 2013

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Still waiting for airport details

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When Mayor Steve Bach called together the media this week for his monthly news conference, he gave away the prime topic in advance. After all, the event took place at the Colorado Springs Airport. Our assumption was immediate. Bach would use the occasion to wrap up the story left unfinished three weeks earlier. Going into… Continue Reading Still waiting for airport details

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CNBC has published a blog written by Denver entrepreneur Brent Handler, who founded his vacation destination club, Inspirato, in 2010. Handler tells the national audience that Colorado is like Silicon Valley and calls the state one of the most fruitful places in the nation for innovation and startups. He notes that 122 new Colorado startups… Continue Reading CNBC blog: Colorado, entrepreneurs and downtown stadiums

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When you’ve come from another part of the country, you never forget your first visit to the Air Force Academy. You see the Cadet Chapel from a distance as you exit off Interstate 25. You drive amid the peaceful pines, make a stop to check out Falcon Stadium, then reach the inner campus and the… Continue Reading AFA tourism project isn’t just political pawn

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Let’s make the most of LART

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For years, Colorado Springs quietly has collected and utilized the revenues from a Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax. By comparison with other cities our size and larger, we’ve never turned the LART tax into a gold mine, charging only 2 percent for lodging and just 1 percent for car rentals in addition to the usual… Continue Reading Let’s make the most of LART

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New concepts change face of higher ed

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Years ago the University of Phoenix spooked higher education. What does it mean to have a for-profit university (a subsidiary of Apollo Group)? Despite drastic enrollment declines recently, it boasted some 600,000 students in 2010 (founded in 1976). Will this new model change the face of higher education? The answer is a definite yes. Labor… Continue Reading New concepts change face of higher ed

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Have you noticed the lifeguards at the pool or at the beach? Their job is to be vigilant, watch weather and water conditions, and save swimmers and surfers who find themselves in peril. Around water, some people get into trouble because they are overconfident, too tired or they are not paying attention to what is… Continue Reading Identify your business lifeguard and you’ll benefit

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While the Colorado Springs economy is looking to be on the rise, it’s still crucial fort small businesses to be hyper-vigilant about their customer service, marketing mixes and efficiencies in order to establish a strong foundation for future success. Taking a page from successful small businesses — and there are many in Colorado Springs, making… Continue Reading Enable your small business to achieve big success

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Seeing blind spots between men, women

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You already know from John Gray that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but do you know how to promote interplanetary cooperation at the office? After decades of striving for gender equality in the workplace, you’d think the tough questions would be answered. You would be wrong. According to a terrific new… Continue Reading Seeing blind spots between men, women

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USOC isn’t standing in the way

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Watch what’s happening with the city’s Regional Tourism Act package, in particular the ambitious concept of a U.S. Olympic museum, and you won’t see many clear messages. You simply have to read the tea leaves, which sometimes doesn’t mean what is happening, but rather what isn’t. For example, skeptics have been feasting on the fact… Continue Reading USOC isn’t standing in the way

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