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Discarded main streets symptoms of bigger issue

In 1985, Citizens Goals launched “Project 2000,” a community-based effort to find “creative solutions to the challenges affecting our quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region now and into the future.” The project focused on fears that badly planned and poorly regulated development would degrade the region’s quality of life. While the lengthy draft… Continue Reading Discarded main streets symptoms of bigger issue

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“When Dan Gallagher took over from Mark Earle [as airport director] he looked through a stack of business cards in Earle’s desk drawer,” said Mayor Steve Bach last week. “One of the cards was from Sierra Nevada Corporation, so Dan called them.” That was the beginning of a long, complex process that culminated last week… Continue Reading How Gallagher found Sierra Completions

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Travel agents, tour operators converge at The Broadmoor

Held last week at The Broadmoor, The Go West Summit felt a little like speed dating. Except that the two parties seated at the tables were buying and selling tourism in the traditional sense. The sellers had 12 minutes to describe their city, state, attraction or service to the buyers. In a calm tone, an… Continue Reading Travel agents, tour operators converge at The Broadmoor

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Powers corridor sees significant growth

Eventually, Powers Boulevard will extend to Interstate 25 from Colorado 83, a paper corridor now home to native grasses and antelope. Classic Homes donated the right of way for one mile of the four-mile extension corridor to be built north of 83 to move traffic west to eventually hook to the interstate. The focus of… Continue Reading Powers corridor sees significant growth

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Airport director dishes aviation

With the news last week that Sierra Nevada Corp. subsidiary Sierra Completions will open an $88-million aircraft modification business at the Colorado Springs Airport, Director of Aviation Dan Gallagher has been a busy man. He has been giving media interviews and further marketing the 7,500-acre airport, what he calls “a sleeping giant” for business, some… Continue Reading Airport director dishes aviation

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Aerospace firm Sierra Nevada Corp. announced last week that its subsidiary has chosen Colorado Springs as the site for an $88-million high-end aircraft completions complex, which will create an estimated 2,100 jobs and a $5-billion economic impact. Sierra Completions, a subsidiary of SNC that launched in October, chose the Colorado Aerospace Park at the Colorado… Continue Reading Sierra deal could give Springs wings

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By Tony Wilkinson Among the many special guests the White House invited to observe the State of the Union address was Carol Reed, a small-business owner from Colorado. The owner of Silver Mine Sub Shops, Reed attributes her business’ growing success to the capital she received from Small Business Administration 7(a) business loans over the… Continue Reading SBA loans helping businesses in Colorado

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New camera could change real estate industry

Have you ever wanted to buy a house, but didn’t want to get off the couch? While lenders and real estate brokers may request such transactions be done in person, those in the market for a new home can at least tour potential abodes — without getting off the couch. Conceived in Silicon Valley in… Continue Reading New camera could change real estate industry

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Springs attracted tech entrepreneurs, visionaries

Around the turn of the 20th century, Colorado Springs was a national center of technological innovation where entrepreneurs, youthful tycoons and venture capitalists from New York City, London and other European capitals came together. It was a time of extraordinary intellectual and entrepreneurial ferment, especially for a remote little town with a population of less… Continue Reading Springs attracted tech entrepreneurs, visionaries

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Locally owned franchise stores stuff in a ‘zip’

Bob Cone can barely contain his excitement. Cone, owner of Colorado Springs’ first Zippy Shell mobile storage franchise, opened his business less than a year ago, following a career in the aerospace and defense industry.    “The aerospace sector is a cyclical industry,” he said. “If there’s a war, defense is great. If not and… Continue Reading Locally owned franchise stores stuff in a ‘zip’

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