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People on the Move – May 11, 2012

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Community Partnership for Child Development named Mary Smieshek its chief finance officer. Smieshek, a Colorado native, has worked as a CFO with several government contractors in areas such as base operations, innovative research and architecture, and she knows federal acquisition regulations. Smieshek holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in accounting from University of Colorado… Continue Reading People on the Move – May 11, 2012

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Kudos! – May 11, 2012

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Simple Dog helping vets get matched with dogs Simple Dog wants to raise donations and awareness for local organizations pairing military veterans with lifesaving service dogs. Simple Dog will be at the Wag N Wash on Woodmen Road and I-25 from 11am to 3 p. m. May 19 selling bumper stickers, magnets and T-shirts. Five… Continue Reading Kudos! – May 11, 2012

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On the Horizon – May 11, 2012

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May 12 Preservation for Living Manitou Springs’ Historic Preservation Commission is sponsoring a workshop for owners of heritage homes from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Manitou Springs’ City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue. The workshops will be presented by personnel from Historic Denver, Inc. The workshop topics are: Preservation 101 and Tax Credits, Energy Efficiency… Continue Reading On the Horizon – May 11, 2012

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It might be too soon to know whether the local hotel industry will feel a backlash from the GSA scandal, but hospitality managers are bracing for it … Continue Reading Hotels speculate about fallout from GSA scandal

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Home builders are emerging from the recession with some of the strongest sales and activity figures they’ve seen in years. Continue Reading Spike in new-home sales is welcome news for builders

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I often speak to leaders who desire to increase the level of performance, initiative, productivity, enthusiasm, competence, and overall engagement of their direct reports. When I ask them what the relationship looks like between themselves and their direct reports, I often get a puzzled look as if to say “What does relationships have to do… Continue Reading Achieving results through effective relationships

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Earnings fairness

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Plenty of residents are angry about the decision to pay former Memorial Health System CEO Larry McEvoy more than $1.15 million in severance. But, who’s to blame? Is it McEvoy? The hospital board of trustees that approved the severance amount? Or is it City Council, the governing body that holds the board of trustees accountable?… Continue Reading Earnings fairness

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Stimulus and bailouts — told you so

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Come on, admit it: It’s fun to say, “I told you so.” Unfortunately, there are times when you wish that you were not able to do so. For me, as a free-market economist, that’s been the case with the economy for more than four-and-a-half years now. Of course, a Nobel Prize in economics wasn’t necessary… Continue Reading Stimulus and bailouts — told you so

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City planners will decide May 16 whether downtown bar and club owners Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli will be allowed to expand their Gasoline Alley nightclub … Continue Reading Downtowners fuming over Gasoline Alley expansion

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Memorial: Financial fallout following?

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It’s been a tumultuous week for Memorial Health System and the City of Colorado Springs by anyone’s standards … Continue Reading Memorial: Financial fallout following?

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