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Amendment 64 could transform the business, legal and economic environment in Colorado — changing marijuana into a cash crop worth millions. Continue Reading Marijuana: Economic stimulant, or just a can of worms

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Chamber to square off with state regulations

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Election-year tension and redrawn legislative districts could make the 2012 session of the Colorado General Assembly more contentious than usual. Continue Reading Chamber to square off with state regulations

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Colorado Springs gears up for legislative season

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When the Colorado legislature convened this week, local organizations were already keeping an eye on possible new requirements … Continue Reading Colorado Springs gears up for legislative season

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Economic vitality chief facing an uphill battle

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Steve Cox, the city’s new economic vitality manager, has a long to-do list. He isn’t daunted by the size of the task or by his lack of business experience. A public servant of sorts for most of his career, Cox has served as fire department chief, interim city manager and deputy city manager. The economic… Continue Reading Economic vitality chief facing an uphill battle

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Create partnerships with Denver. Collaborate with the county and the rest of the state. Become Colorado Springs’ business recruiter, head cheerleader and economic developer. Those are just some of the pieces of advice from Colorado Springs’ top business leaders for the city’s newly elected strong mayor, Steve Bach, who has said that enhancing the city’s… Continue Reading Springs business leaders offer advice for Mayor Bach

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Businesses didn’t win all of their legislative battles this year, but that isn’t stopping Springs lobbyists from declaring the session a success. As a result of the session, businesses will soon be able to buy health insurance through co-ops known as exchanges, and they regained two tax credits lost during the last session. On the… Continue Reading Legislative session a success, Chamber says

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Bach, Skorman talk business ahead of debate

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Mayoral candidates Richard Skorman and Steve Bach have a few things in common. Both are businessmen, both see job creation as the main issue facing the city and both believe the city government could be more efficient. It’s their approaches to those issues that differs. Bach believes government should get out of the way of… Continue Reading Bach, Skorman talk business ahead of debate

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Voters this week elected six new members and one incumbent to the Colorado Springs City Council. The new council will be responsible for confirming the mayor’s appointees, appointing the Memorial Health System board of directors, overseeing Colorado Springs Utilities and fielding citizen complaints, among other duties. Here’s a look at where the new city council… Continue Reading City Council: Where members stand on city issues

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Commercial real estate broker Tim Leigh announced today he is withdrawing from the Colorado Springs’ mayor’s race, saying the city needs someone who could make a “singular, full-time commitment” to the job and that he was sticking with real estate. His decision leaves two candidates vying for the office: neighborhood advocate Dave Munger and defense… Continue Reading Candidate Leigh pulls out of mayor’s race

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In his “State of the City” address today, Mayor Lionel Rivera called upon Colorado Springs residents to suspend the city’s TABOR law for this year and through 2012 and urged the legislature to reform the pension plan for state and local government workers.
Continue Reading Mayor: Suspend city TABOR, reform PERA

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