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Amendment 64 is now officially state law, allowing adults to grow up to six plants at home and possess small amounts of marijuana without fear of state criminal prosecution. But that’s about the only clear conclusion from the news earlier this week that Gov. John Hickenlooper certified the Nov. 6 election results. It’s not clear… Continue Reading News analysis: City examines local options for retail marijuana

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As 2012 draws to a close, the CSBJ takes a look back at the people who shaped the year: the leaders — in front of cameras and behind the scenes — who forged new directions in the region’s economics, politics, nonprofits, finance, health care and tourism. But no list would be complete without first recognizing… Continue Reading The people who shaped 2012

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Symphony orchestra management is a strange career choice, but I’m pretty sure it’s the best job in the world. And a darn good challenge. Imagine an enterprise built on a century-old business model with four distinct constituencies, high fixed costs, a highly skilled and unionized workforce, strictly held traditions, and a mission to perform music… Continue Reading Philharmonic’s success starts with artistic planning

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Branson lessons: How we can learn from clusters

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Economic development specialists are familiar with the concept of industry clusters. Locally, there are a number of task forces working on industry clusters ranging from sports to biotechnology to software. The Operation 6035 report suggested a variety of clusters that could be developed in the Southern Colorado region. Of course, the question left unaddressed in… Continue Reading Branson lessons: How we can learn from clusters

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People on the Move – December 14, 2012

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Brad Kreikemeier, Kevin O’Neil and Katie Stuart were named to the board of directors of The Colorado Springs Conservatory. Kreikemeier was recently appointed executive vice president of Bank of Colorado. He has been with the bank for 12 years and was market president in Colorado Springs for the last five. He has served as a… Continue Reading People on the Move – December 14, 2012

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Semquest technology on Mars and in military

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A small Colorado Springs company has had a part in the exploration of Mars — and now is working to improve testing for the military’s unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and its missile defense system. In business for 12 years, Semquest is on the verge of a new $2.5 million contract to design a test mortar… Continue Reading Semquest technology on Mars and in military

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Small businesses should get to know their banker

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The last thing anyone in the Small Business Development Center’s business planning class expected was relationship advice. The participants had spent 13 weeks and 39 hours developing business plans, working the numbers, developing spreadsheets and practicing their 30-second “commercial,” also known as the business pitch. They, the 13 business hopefuls in the class, are sure… Continue Reading Small businesses should get to know their banker

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In the scant two months since University of Colorado Health took over operations at Memorial Hospital, it’s been anything but business as usual. Despite the progress, officials acknowledge there’s still a lot of work to be done to steady Memorial’s financial picture and bring patients and doctors back to the hospital. UCH has spent a… Continue Reading Memorial’s new regime invests in hospital’s future

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Two giants seem poised to battle it out over the Martin Drake Power Plant. On one side is the Sierra Club, with 1.4 million members, thousands of volunteers and an aggressive, well-funded legal arm. On the other, Colorado Springs Utilities, a multi-billion-dollar, city-owned enterprise with deep pockets and legal resources of its own. In the… Continue Reading Battle lines drawn over Drake: Sierra Club vs. CSU

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It has been a good year for Colorado credit unions. Billed as the alternative to traditional banks, credit unions gained 40,000 members across the state in 2012 and grabbed 26.6 percent of the market. One national survey released this week says credit unions are riding a wave of customer satisfaction and reached record-high membership in… Continue Reading Credit unions still riding wave of big-bank backlash

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