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Colorado Springs regularly lands on national lists that praise its many amenities. Last year the city was ranked 15th “brainiest” city by Portfolio.com, 14th safest city by FreeBackgroundChecksUSA.com and second most pet-friendly city by Livability.com, to name a few. This week, however, the latest accolade could position the city to grab a larger share of… Continue Reading Why ‘Distinctive Destination’ pick is such a big deal

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Regulatory reform has taken hold at the state Capitol, and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce couldn’t be happier. The chamber has been working to rid local businesses of what they see as red tape and bureaucracy, and for once the Legislature is listening. One-quarter of the way through the 2011 session — it ends… Continue Reading Bills seek to cut small business regulatory burden

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Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado is a nonprofit that distributes 11 million pounds of food annually to more than 400 agencies in 31 counties. Numerous organizations and thousands of people depend on it. The organization found itself in troubled waters last year, firing its executive director, who had been in place for… Continue Reading One on One: Telford looks to bring stability to Care and Share

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Surcharge raises doubts about foreclosure bill

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A Colorado House bill that has the potential to ease the state’s foreclosure crisis is under review by the Business and Economic Development Committee, but there’s a problem. The association that represents the county public trustees who will have to implement the measure has yet to back the proposal, and the El Paso County public… Continue Reading Surcharge raises doubts about foreclosure bill

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Yes to impact statements

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Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow business impact statements to be attached to any piece of proposed legislation. It’s a good idea, and there’s no reason why the bill should not be passed. Sen. Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield) is sponsoring Senate Bill 116, which would give businesses five days from the time a… Continue Reading Yes to impact statements

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Taking Exception: Why Academy Blvd. plan works

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By Dave Munger and Stephannie Finley As major stakeholders in the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets project, we disagree with the Business Journal’s Feb. 4 opinion article Academy Boulevard Plans Need to be Reworked; particularly with its premise that this corridor should not be made a focus of community re-investment over the next decades. The… Continue Reading Taking Exception: Why Academy Blvd. plan works

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In a time of lean state budgets, the Colorado Department of Transportation has launched an $800,000 study of the state’s railroads and created a new department to deal with railway and other transportation issues. It’s a move that could lay the groundwork for long-talked-about plans for high-speed trains from Pueblo through Colorado Springs to Fort… Continue Reading Colo. has never had a regional rail plan. Now it will

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Landing the prologue stage of this summer’s Quiznos Pro Challenge cycling race was a breakaway move for Colorado Springs. While 23 Colorado cities bid for the opportunity to host a stage of the race, which draws top international competitors, only 11 made the cut. Notably absent from the list was Boulder, the birthplace of the… Continue Reading Quizno’s Pro Challenge will mean millions for the city

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Gonzalez leads fresh outreach effort at Red Cross

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Tom Gonzalez has been CEO of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross since April. Prior to that, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America for 17 years. How did the economic downturn affect the ability of the Red Cross to raise money? The Red Cross is affected in two ways when… Continue Reading Gonzalez leads fresh outreach effort at Red Cross

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High-end market could be the hot spot of the year

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Last week, industry insiders and local business leaders gathered for the 20th annual Institute of Real Estate Management Economic Forecast Breakfast. The presenters shelled out their best takes on what to expect for Colorado Springs real estate in the year ahead, which begged the question: Is it technically a forecast if you predict that nothing… Continue Reading High-end market could be the hot spot of the year

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