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City should prepare for I-25 work overlap

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

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 learn lessons from Raso’s fate

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When the email arrived last Tuesday afternoon announcing Joe Raso’s resignation as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, it came as no surprise whatsoever. For the past several months, speculation had built that Raso would be leaving soon, until the rumors suddenly rose in volume and specific detail during the last… Continue Reading Let’s learn lessons from Raso’s fate

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Downtown news may be the true Catalyst

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If you read the Business Journal last week, you saw detailed reporting from Cameron Moix on the latest strong signal that positive changes are in the air for downtown Colorado Springs. The story covered local entrepreneur Kevin O’Neil’s latest aggressive venture — buying the Homburg Center complex of buildings, also known as the restored Atchison,… Continue Reading Downtown news may be the true Catalyst

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Election dissection, from PPRDA to defense

In the aftermath of the 2014 election in El Paso County, we come away with some clear messages from voters and priorities for local leaders going forward. We already knew that the Pikes Peak region would go virtually all in with the nationwide Republican tidal wave. That much was obvious from the U.S. Senate race,… Continue Reading Election dissection, from PPRDA to defense

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Space Command in humble hands of Hyten

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Not often in life do you have the chance to sit down with a four-star general who grew up in Alabama, proudly graduated from Harvard, couldn’t become a pilot because “I’m legally blind” and yet has worked his way up to the top of the Air Force Space Command. It simply doesn’t happen. Even before… Continue Reading Space Command in humble hands of Hyten

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Buses to Denver open door for marketing

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The most encouraging local economic news this week didn’t come in the form of a company expanding or moving to Colorado Springs. In fact, most folks probably didn’t even think of the story as being relevant to the business community. But it certainly could be. Make that should be. As reported this week by the… Continue Reading Buses to Denver open door for marketing

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Sports can revitalize city’s attitude

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Two noteworthy events in the past week could signal a better diagnosis for Colorado Springs. And no, they don’t have anything to do with adding jobs or attracting new businesses. First, last Saturday night, Air Force football awakened from a long slumber and laid a 28-14 whipping on heavily favored Boise State. It was arguably… Continue Reading Sports can revitalize city’s attitude

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We have a developing crisis in a segment of the local small-business community, and it has nothing to do with the region’s economy, our endless political skirmishes or consumer behavior. But it’s a direct result of the disastrous fires that struck El Paso County the past two summers, Waldo Canyon in 2012 and Black Forest… Continue Reading Post-fire insurance woes taking hold

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