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Draper: Perfect fit for Regional Business Alliance

Four months ago, when the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance began looking for a new president and CEO, the group’s leaders promised a thorough search that would focus on finding the best candidate — preferably someone already in our midst. That, plus the RBA setting up a selection committee to come up with possible options,… Continue Reading Draper: Perfect fit for Regional Business Alliance

For a good chunk of February, a driving vacation took me back to my roots, visiting Arkansas and coming back through Texas, seeing family and friends at various stops. But though this trip wasn’t about work, I couldn’t avoid noticing some tourist attractions along the way, especially how they might relate to what’s going on… Continue Reading Museums, arenas shine if done right

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Charting the best path for tourism

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Look at the comparative numbers, showing how little the Pikes Peak region spends to market its tourism industry in relation to other cities, and one can’t help but cringe. As you see in the accompanying news story, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau has decided to turn anecdotal information into solid statistical data, setting… Continue Reading Charting the best path for tourism

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Downtown momentum picks up steam

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By some measures, the Downtown Partnership’s progress report last week to the local business community might have come across as lacking in immediate news value. Granted, there were no blockbuster headlines created by the periodic event known as the “Downtown Lowdown,” happening this time at Centennial Hall and taking full advantage of El Paso County’s… Continue Reading Downtown momentum picks up steam

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Martin takes small wins, but what’s next?

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Throughout her eight years on the Colorado Springs City Council, Jan Martin has tried to take the high road — even when it wasn’t the popular way to go. She has believed strongly in the need for dealing with stormwater. She feels the city’s residents should be convinced to pay more (yes, in taxes) to… Continue Reading Martin takes small wins, but what’s next?

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Local economy feels healthier to start 2015

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Last Friday night, we went out to eat at Fujiyama, one of the many popular restaurants downtown on Tejon Street. Given that Colorado College was playing a home hockey game, and various other entertainment options were available to start the weekend, we didn’t expect to see much in the way of crowds. As we sat… Continue Reading Local economy feels healthier to start 2015

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John Hickenlooper began his second four-year term as Colorado’s governor this week, and in his inaugural address Tuesday, he followed his usual script — personal, self-effacing, humble yet fully optimistic. He didn’t specifically mention Colorado Springs. But then again, the governor’s approach wasn’t built on laying out the benefits, past and future, for any certain… Continue Reading Governor’s task starts with infrastructure

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Governor’s planning starts with infrastructure

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John Hickenlooper began his second four-year term as Colorado’s governor this week, and in his inaugural address Tuesday, he followed his usual script — personal, self-effacing, humble yet fully optimistic. He didn’t specifically mention Colorado Springs. But then again, the governor’s approach wasn’t built on laying out the benefits, past and future, for any certain… Continue Reading Governor’s planning starts with infrastructure

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Another key list: Ten Women to Watch in ’15

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Elsewhere in this Business Journal, you’ll find our annual list of Ten Companies to Watch in the year ahead. That turned into a healthy package for our Focus section, but how about some people to follow? In fact, let’s go even further, with Ten Women to Watch in 2015 across the area’s business scene. We… Continue Reading Another key list: Ten Women to Watch in ’15

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Assessing 2014: It’s ending on good note

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How will we remember 2014 in regard to the Colorado Springs business community? There’s no single message or theme that stands out, unless you want to continue slamming the unproductive relationship between Mayor Steve Bach and City Council. Of course, we’ve watched that script evolve and worsen since Bach took over as the first “strong… Continue Reading Assessing 2014: It’s ending on good note

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