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Mandatory service

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Years ago one of my daughters thought she wanted to become a politician. When asked what would prepare her, she confidently answered that she’d need to enlist in the military. If I’m going to approve funding for wars, she said, I should know what it’s like to fight in one. Perhaps she was influenced by… Continue Reading Mandatory service

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Fountain getting the added commerce it wants

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South of Colorado Springs and cheek-to-cheek with Fort Carson, plans are brewing for a new commercial development on more than 100 acres in Fountain. The proposed center could take off quickly in the quiet suburb that’s eager to grow up. Fountain’s commercial centers have been a flurry of activity with intense growth even through one… Continue Reading Fountain getting the added commerce it wants

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Lower rents changing downtown tenant mix

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When Kati Brewer started looking for a downtown storefront for her Pure Nutrition shop earlier this year, she was blown away by the affordability off Tejon Street. Continue Reading Lower rents changing downtown tenant mix

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Crowdfunding’s rapid evolution

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Crowdfunding has become the new frontier for adventurous entrepreneurs looking to finance their budding businesses. Continue Reading Crowdfunding’s rapid evolution

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If you think the Chamber will be different following its merger with the EDC, it will. The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, which champions small businesses, is now married to an organization that champions large-scale and manufacturing businesses, the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. And like any marriage, there’s going to be compromise.… Continue Reading Chamber’s marriage to EDC still taking shape

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Tucked away in a downtown alley off Tejon Street is a simple, quiet workshop where one of the region’s few formally trained luthiers brings violins and cellos to life. Continue Reading Hidden treasure: Musical mystery resides in alley

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El Paso County Assessor Mark Lowderman leaned back in his chair and chuckled. “We get a lot of people coming in here to complain that their assessment is too high,” he said. “I don’t think that we’ve ever had anyone complain that it was too low.” Lowderman and his chief appraiser, Mark Blucher, were addressing… Continue Reading Here’s how a property’s value can fluctuate wildly

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There are no steps leading into the house that Saddletree Homes is featuring at Flying Horse for the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association’s Parade of Homes from Aug. 3 to 19. “That’s by design,” said Saddletree president and CEO Lee Bolin. “That’s how we pour the foundation. It has to be planned that way.”… Continue Reading Many new parade homes being prepped for a boom

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Market changes spur apartment construction

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While lower apartment vacancy and rising rents don’t sound good to tenants, they’re welcome news for the apartment real estate market. Sustained vacancy rates around 6 percent, combined with continually rising rents, have cleared the way for new construction and high-dollar real estate transactions. The Colorado Division of Housing released its quarterly vacancy and rent… Continue Reading Market changes spur apartment construction

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People on the Move – August 3, 2012

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Garden of the Gods Club named Erik Pedersen food and beverage director. Pedersen has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Most recently, he served as assistant general manager at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, Colo., where he was responsible for all aspects of club operations. Pedersen has a bachelor’s degree in… Continue Reading People on the Move – August 3, 2012

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