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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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New partnership brings out best in local scene

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Early this year, the first informal conversations about a possible collaboration started among the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center. Sometime around June, those talks began taking on more substance and focus. Tuesday, top staff and board members of the three… Continue Reading New partnership brings out best in local scene

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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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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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One busy day inside the beltway matters

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The morning begins with a brisk walk down 14th Street, seeing hordes of workers on their trek, drive or ride to another day of making America’s federal government run. Off in the distance, the Capitol sits, surrounded by the office buildings that house literally thousands of legislative staffers, working for the lawmakers,… Continue Reading One busy day inside the beltway matters

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