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One of the more interesting trends of the downturn saw those with discretionary income begin to buy “experiences” to create memories, rather than purchasing yet another flat-screen TV or some other material item. One of the regional tourist attractions that benefited from this shift in the consumer psyche was The Royal Gorge Route Railroad in… Continue Reading Royal Gorge Railroad steams ahead despite downturn

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People on the Move – January 28, 2011

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The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet needs of military personnel and their families, has named Christopher J. Flynn as its new president and chief executive officer. Prior to joining PenFed, he was president and chief executive officer of Primary Bank in Peterborough, N.H. The Better Business Bureau… Continue Reading People on the Move – January 28, 2011

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WWII Aviation Museum needs your support

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A group of businessmen and pilots, some from Colorado Springs and some from across the country, are hoping to build The National Museum of World War II Aviation in our fair city. It’s an ambitious — glorious, really — undertaking that deserves our support. Minneapolis businessman and aviation buff Jim Fry chose Colorado Springs for… Continue Reading WWII Aviation Museum needs your support

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As illustrated in various businesses over the past century, labor unions tend to serve the short-run interests of their members quite well. But unionized industries and consumers don’t fare so well. Consider unions and major league sports. The potential exists over the coming two years that consumers — that is, sports fans — will suffer… Continue Reading Labor unions and sports: It’ll be the fans who suffer

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City planners have big dreams for a six-mile stretch of Academy Boulevard. Now all they need is the dough. This past week, the Academy Boulevard Great Streets team, led by Project Manager Carl Schueler, presented designs from an eight-month study on how to repurpose Academy Boulevard through rapid transit, improved roadway configurations and amenities such… Continue Reading Access, transit pitched for Academy Blvd. redevelopment

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If we’re to make any progress on education reform, we’ll have to hope for bipartisanship in Washington, D.C. That, at least, is what we’re hearing. But I have a better idea: Instead of crossing our fingers, holding our breath and putting our faith in Congress, let’s work harder to get the job done at the… Continue Reading Give parents a stronger voice in education reform

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Technology vs. the snow day

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More than a foot of snow fell overnight. Children — and yes, teachers — delight and frolic in the snow as schools are closed. With the street not yet plowed, others take a day off from work. And as we saw in late December, a snowstorm can even postpone a football game between the Philadelphia… Continue Reading Technology vs. the snow day

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Technology park envisioned where wildlife roam

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WOODLAND PARK — Sturman Industries has developed plans to transform its corner of Woodland Park into a nexus for green-minded, high-tech research-and-development companies. In other words, it’s hoping for like-minded neighbors. To pull it off, the engineering company will be offering portions of its sprawling campus for sale to select firms interested in relocating to… Continue Reading Technology park envisioned where wildlife roam

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Don’t wait to make hard people-decisions

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A recent poll was taken of business executives where they were asked to list the most significant challenge they faced in leading their organizations. Overwhelmingly, the No. 1 challenge that more CEOs listed above all other challenges was “waiting too long to make people decisions.” Almost every executive is familiar with the adage, “Hire slow… Continue Reading Don’t wait to make hard people-decisions

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