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Deerfield Hills was a cute neighborhood established around a cheerful community center, park and local school when it was built in the 1960s, but time has not been kind to the area, which is full of dilapidated homes, yards and fences. But a concentrated revitalization effort seeks to restore luster and charm to the area,… Continue Reading Nonprofit group seeks to rehabilitate neighborhoods

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Insurance companies will be watching the Supreme Court arguments about the Affordable Care Act closely next month, because it could mean they can get rid of some of the reforms they consider onerous. The Supreme Court will be ruling on the constitutionality of the health care reform act, popularly known as Obamacare. If the law… Continue Reading Insurance industry eyeing health reform turn-around

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Kent Fortune is vice president and general manager of USAA’s operations in Colorado Springs. He began his work at USAA in 1989 after graduating from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree in business. He went on to work in other markets but returned to USAA about a year ago. Since… Continue Reading USAA’s Fortune overseeing insurance company’s growth

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Consider use-tax plan with businesses in mind

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As Colorado Springs wrestles with business tax questions, it should ask the simple question of what tax structure would most align business taxes with the demands a business places on local governments — i.e. be the most fair to businesses. The traditional ways of taxing businesses are on their property and income. Neither arguably is… Continue Reading Consider use-tax plan with businesses in mind

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by Susan Cain c.2012, Crown You had to go, so you did — kicking and screaming. Really, you must admit that it was nice of the boss to host the holiday party. In these tough economic times, she didn’t have to do it. She paid for food, a band, even door prizes. Everybody seemed to… Continue Reading Book Review: “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”

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On Jan. 12, the following questions were e-mailed to Sharon L. Brown, chairwoman of the Board of Commissioners of the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. As of press time no answers had been received. “1. What is the role of the RBD’s board and why is it constituted in the way it is? 2. What… Continue Reading Who’s in charge at the Regional Building Department?

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Would you hire any of the candidates?

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Memo to: U.S. Business Community From: Human Resources Department Re: Hiring a U.S. President In response to your request to assess the candidates for the position opening in January 2013, we have put together a job description, and offer key points on the five major candidates seeking the position. Job description: While this position requires… Continue Reading Would you hire any of the candidates?

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Build lasting team trust

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We have many hopes and points of view about trust in our teams. We want it, but often do not know how to get it. And if we get it, we often don’t know how to keep it. So what ends up happening is the we believe trust is possible, and wishfully think it will… Continue Reading Build lasting team trust

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Data center relocation hot spot is Colo. Springs

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Cities are likely to soon be swooning over data centers, and Colorado Springs could be a lucky suitor. Continue Reading Data center relocation hot spot is Colo. Springs

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In Colorado Springs, about 100 attorneys are working on a project that aims to provide legal access to people who in their wildest dreams could never afford to hire an attorney. Under the umbrella of the El Paso County Bar Association, a new nonprofit organization has formed, the Pikes Peak Pro Bono Project. And, “the… Continue Reading Attorneys’ program allows poor to approach the bench

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