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Colorado farmers could be allowed to grow industrial hemp as early as next summer, with state permits alone. It’s unclear if the federal government would raid industrial hemp farms operating without DEA permission. Continue Reading Industrial hemp could jump-start economy

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Last year at this time, the Colorado Springs Business Journal published a series of stories about stalled downtown redevelopment dreams and what it would take to reinvigorate them. Mayor Steve Bach had just established his downtown taskforce. Downtown advocates complained about homelessness, panhandlers, parking and a lack of residential projects. Many lamented a lack of… Continue Reading Downtown puts inertia behind as 2012 ends

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Eclipse Private Jet Owner: Bill Carder Employees: four pilots, two mechanics www.eclipseprivatejet.com Bill Carder didn’t see himself as a jet-setter. He owned a trailer manufacturing company in Lamar and sold his products across the country. It took him three hours to drive to Colorado Springs to catch a commercial flight. Typically, he also could count… Continue Reading Local jet company taking flight, expanding services

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Although chain stores such as Costco, REI and Wal-Mart sell more bicycles than independent retailers, small locally owned stores have a larger market share when measured by sales dollars. Continue Reading Bike market at ‘tipping point’

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Imagine a football helmet lined with tiny sensors that measure the impact of a hit and then deploy dime-sized airbags to protect the head. Colorado Springs engineer Troy Fodemski imagined it, and then he designed such a “smart helmet.” Like automobile airbags, the helmet airbags would cushion the head during impact. Fodemski believes the athletic… Continue Reading Springs engineer’s helmet could lessen concussions

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Lately I’ve been involved in strategy sessions that extend beyond technology into a more holistic business purview. And I have to say there’s a fundamental difference in approach between a strategist with a technical background versus a more analog background. But rather than bore you with a whole list of differences, I’ve boiled it down… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Techies vs. strategists, Just run the program

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Kudos! – November 30, 2012

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Wells Fargo Colorado team members give $1.3 million to nonprofits Wells Fargo and Company’s Colorado team members donated more than $1.3 million, a 6 percent year-over-year increase, to nonprofit organizations and schools across the state as part of the company’s annual Community Support and United Way Campaign. “With many of our neighbors suffering from this… Continue Reading Kudos! – November 30, 2012

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On the Horizon – November 30, 2012

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Dec. 1 UCCS guest artist Internationally acclaimed composer Pamela Madsen will visit the University of Colorado Colorado Springs as a guest artist in residence. Madsen, associate professor of composition, music theory and music technology at California State University-Fullerton, will participate in a free program at 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Hall auditorium; she will present… Continue Reading On the Horizon – November 30, 2012

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Pam McManus often wakes up in the middle of the night, trying to figure out new ways to get more people seen at Peak Vista Community Health Centers. The safety-net clinic has a waiting list of about 6,000 people — and that’s after McManus has whittled away at the 8,000 she inherited 18 months ago… Continue Reading Facing record growth, Peak Vista still handles demand

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In an uncertain health care environment, industry experts are sure about one forecast: An aging population will impact services, providers and payers like never before. But exactly how much it will stress the industry — and in what ways — is still unknown, those same experts say. Health care groups already are struggling to create… Continue Reading Aging population stresses many health care services

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