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Ho-hum: Springs economy staying the same

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What difference does a year make? When it comes to the Colorado Springs economy: very little. At this time last year, the city was optimistic about the path forward. Fred Crowley, professor of economics at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and principal of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, predicted steady recovery. And he… Continue Reading Ho-hum: Springs economy staying the same

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The Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs will present the 2011 Parade of Homes Aug. 5-21, and HBA President Kyle Campbell said this year’s event will feature work from some new homebuilders. When was the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes created? How did it get its start and what is its goal? The HBA… Continue Reading Campbell overseeing HBA’s 2011 Parade of Homes

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Mandates, consumers and manufacturers

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President Obama can’t seem to make up his mind about auto manufacturers. Does he want them to survive and even thrive, or not? In the late Bush and early Obama administrations, the idea was about trying to “save” General Motors and Chrysler with bailouts. After Congress voted against subsidizing the automakers, President Bush nonetheless doled… Continue Reading Mandates, consumers and manufacturers

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Weighing the importance of sales and ethics

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When I first came to Colorado Springs in the summer of 1986, with a freshly minted doctorate from a university on the east coast, I thought I knew it all, especially when it came to ethics. I was teaching ethics seminars at Boston University’s medical school. I drafted the Informed Consent form for one of… Continue Reading Weighing the importance of sales and ethics

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The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. About 10 years ago, I wrote in my book Building Trust at the Speed of Change that: “We…find ourselves at the mercy of forces beyond our control… we have lost a sense of community. We now live in a virtual workspace where relationships… Continue Reading There’ll be times of despair, times of hope

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The thermometer on the giant coffee roaster at Gold Hill Java Downtown coffee shop is broken. But, this is of no concern to roast master and coffee shop owner Paul Clarkson. He knows his beans and he knows how they smell when they are roasted to perfection. Once a week, he fires up the bean… Continue Reading Gold Hill moves coffee, roasting operation downtown

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While the slow disappearance of reverse mortgages from major lenders’ portfolios isn’t a big job-killer, it could spell trouble for the 20-year-old financing option that senior citizens have been able to use to carry them through retirement. Bank of America pulled out of the reverse mortgage business a few weeks ago, and Wells Fargo recently… Continue Reading Wells Fargo pulls out of reverse-mortgage market

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Office vacancies remain high in the newly constructed buildings on the north end of Colorado Springs. Both Hoff & Leigh Commercial Real Estate and Sierra Commercial Real Estate released their second quarter reports this week and while the statistics varied, both documented high vacancy rates in commercial office space in the northern part of the… Continue Reading Glut of office buildings plaguing northern market

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Memorial seeking strength in numbers

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If Memorial Health System becomes an independent nonprofit, its administrators say it will become stronger because it will not be working alone. That’s because the hospital will have the opportunity to affiliate with smaller, rural hospitals in southern Colorado and on the western slope, thereby creating networks that will serve more patients and boost bottom… Continue Reading Memorial seeking strength in numbers

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Consignment stores and resale shops were once well-kept, trendy shopping secrets that were tucked away in obscure retail locations, but poor economic times have them popping up on the affluent north side of town and among downtown boutiques. Continue Reading Second-hand shops mounting a retail invasion

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