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Every January, without fail, some intrepid reporters covering the state Legislature in Denver do a little digging and come up with a few interesting stories, based on a sampling of proposed bills that are beginning to work their way through the General Assembly. Sometimes those first stories come out before the right people even know… Continue Reading Later bar hours could work for Colorado

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Little Rock shows different infill can work

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You have no reason to know Anita Davis, and that’s fine. She lives nearly 1,000 miles away in Little Rock, Ark., and, full disclosure, she happens to be my cousin. She also has set an example in Little Rock for other cities, and visionary developers, to follow. Including here in Colorado Springs. I just saw… Continue Reading Little Rock shows different infill can work

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Some years begin with little fanfare or anticipation, just a fresh outlook and a clean plate. But something about the arrival of 2014 feels different. In part, it’s knowing that the year will be automatically eventful, thanks to the scheduled elections in June (party primaries) and November (general). But it’s also based on Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Looking into the crystal ball for 2014

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Headlines aside, people stood out in 2013

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You’re probably growing weary of reading how much the City for Champions projects mean to Colorado Springs’ future, and how the initial funding approval provided by far the best feel-good story of 2013. Most likely, you also aren’t interested in reading more about the past year’s fires, floods and government controversy. Good, because we feel… Continue Reading Headlines aside, people stood out in 2013

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Signs go up, signs come down. Companies sell or move, and people move on. Such is life throughout the business world. But it’s different when we’re talking about a daily newspaper. It’s hard to explain, but newspapers have dual roles. They need to make a profit, obviously. But to endure, they also must have a… Continue Reading Gazette says goodbye to building, not past

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Sometimes, an old mentor once advised me, it’s best to get out of the way and simply let your sources tell your story. So I’m taking that advice here. It’s so tempting to spend the next 750 words or so criticizing the members of City Council who voted to stop funding the $256,000 budgeted for… Continue Reading What losing CSU help means to nonprofits

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Nearly three months ago, I joined a group of business and community leaders on a trip to Washington, D.C., for two days of meetings and sessions with government officials, addressing issues of interest to Colorado Springs. Two weeks ago, I returned to D.C. for an entirely different purpose, this time personal. When adult children are… Continue Reading Look around, and you’ll find ideas for us

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Survey: Local businesses face obstacles

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Almost any survey of the Colorado Springs business community will produce a mixture of positive and negative results. Given that basic assumption, nobody in a crowd of about 75 local leaders should have been too surprised last week when Summit Economics unveiled its third biennial Pikes Peak Region Business Climate Survey. Just as in 2009… Continue Reading Survey: Local businesses face obstacles

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Ignite II makes case for support of arts

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Ten of Colorado Springs’ most creative minds tried their best Tuesday night to sell the merits of what they do — without actually concentrating on what they do best, which would’ve been simply performing. They shared a different mission this time, making five-minute presentations at the second Ignite Colorado Springs event of 2013, educating 300… Continue Reading Ignite II makes case for support of arts

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As odd-year elections go, the 2013 vote in El Paso County certainly won’t stand out as earthshaking. Or, for that matter, even mildly surprising. Everybody who has been paying the slightest attention had to know the only issue of real interest to the Colorado Springs business community. That was Amendment 66, a sweeping measure that… Continue Reading Don’t look for election’s messages, but …

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