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John Bissett, new president of the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs, is hopeful the industry will have another good year in 2013. “It would be nice to keep seeing construction ramp up,” he said. New single-family building permits surged 50 percent in 2012. But employment figures stayed low, which Bissett said will probably… Continue Reading New HBA president feels positive about year ahead

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Winter heat: Residential real-estate market up

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After years of limp sales and drooping home prices, Colorado Springs residential Realtors say they’re looking forward to a bullish 2013. The Pikes Peak Association of Realtors reported almost 9 percent more home sales in the last quarter of 2012 than in 2011. On top of that, the average sales price climbed nearly 10 percent… Continue Reading Winter heat: Residential real-estate market up

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After 60 years, Myers Sewing still going strong

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Myers Sewing Machine Company Employees: 5 Website: myerssewing.com Address: 3770 E. La Salle St. Phone: 596-1165 In 1952, Tim Myers’ parents cashed in a savings bond to buy a sewing machine franchise. More than 60 years later, he’s taken over from his folks and is still operating the business near the intersection of Academy Boulevard… Continue Reading After 60 years, Myers Sewing still going strong

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In the quest to put more science and engineering professionals into the future workforce, a middle school physics program just might be the solution. But that’s the message describing a local concept developed by a University of Colorado Colorado Springs physics professor. The physics program is believed to be so promising that Jim Johnson, president… Continue Reading Physics could bring sea change to area’s workforce

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Sierra Club study eyes Drake plant’s emissions

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The Sierra Club fired another volley at Colorado Springs Utilities this week, releasing an independent study modeling sulfur dioxide pollution from the downtown, coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant. The study, performed by Wingra Engineering of Madison, Wis., purportedly shows that the Drake plant “will likely trigger violations of federal air rules even after current and… Continue Reading Sierra Club study eyes Drake plant’s emissions

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Udall backs PPCC’s workforce plans

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Sen. Mark Udall examined small bearings, looked into a welding simulator and watched a 3D printer make a small intricate part in the technical classrooms during a visit this week at Pikes Peak Community College. Udall was there to speak to students, instructors and PPCC president Lance Bolton. In his week off from Senate activities… Continue Reading Udall backs PPCC’s workforce plans

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The earth is moving in Woodland Park — and it feels good. Construction crews are working on the west end of town, erecting two new stores — O’Reilly Auto Parts and Family Dollar — near the Country Lodge. Central Woodland Park is seeing the first phase of a downtown makeover with Woodland Hardware and Rental… Continue Reading Woodland Park awakens from development slumber

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Enlisting and equipping your customer advocates

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The lists are all out: 2012’s Most Inspiring Companies (published by Forbes), World’s Most Admired Companies (Fortune), 100 Best Companies to Work For (Fortune) and so on. These lists comprise data — the perceptions of the consuming public — collected by third-party firms. So, what are the driving attributes that get and keep companies on… Continue Reading Enlisting and equipping your customer advocates

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We can’t forget to monitor carbon monoxide

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On Oct. 7, 2012 a preventable tragedy happened at a local apartment building. A resident called 911 because the carbon monoxide alarm was going off and the family was not feeling well. Multiple alarms were sounding, and the fire department found two unconscious men in a unit that did not have an alarm. One man… Continue Reading We can’t forget to monitor carbon monoxide

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Let’s be proactive for state boards

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Near the end of a recent meeting to discuss what to expect from the Colorado General Assembly’s 2013 session, House Speaker Mark Ferrandino wondered what other issues might be of interest to Colorado Springs. CSBJ columnist John Hazlehurst brought up one in particular. We’re concerned about El Paso County and the Pikes Peak region being… Continue Reading Let’s be proactive for state boards

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