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What is a fair tax-burden?

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When I purchased an old Victorian house in 1986 in the ritzy, historic Old North End neighborhood, the county assessor — or his agent — showed up. He looked around and then announced that my annual real-estate taxes would be increased to about $700. That’s all? I asked in amazement. Perhaps it should be more,… Continue Reading What is a fair tax-burden?

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Donna Nelson is the city’s new economic vitality specialist, a position that replaces the city’s traditional economic development efforts. Continue Reading City opts for vitality over economic development

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The way Doug Price sees it, a city slogan or brand will help Colorado Springs tell its story. Continue Reading Colo. Springs shopping for its brand

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The commercial laundry room at Goodwill Industries in Colorado Springs is humming with the swishing sound of washing machines and dryers as the crew handles 2,200 pounds of laundry an hour. It’s the sound of employment, and it’s growing. In the past year, the Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs hired 35 employees in its contracts… Continue Reading Goodwill cleaning up on commercial custodial jobs

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Consider these types of business owners: One is dynamite at cold calling. While most cringe at the thought, he loves it and has a high success rate. Another is a whiz at designing and engineering new products that can solve customers’ needs. One is a master at networking. She uses her skills to connect with… Continue Reading Want to be successful in business? Tap into your greatness

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Buck Blessing is CEO of Griffis Blessing real estate company, which manages office and residential properties. The business has grown to become one of the largest local employers. Blessing took some time recently to talk to the CSBJ. How did Griffis/Blessing get its start? Ian Griffis and I started the company in 1985 during our senior… Continue Reading Blessing’s business among city’s prominent employers

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A new volunteer program for the Colorado Springs police and fire department; a new bicycle shed for Urban Peak; a new name and image for a 100-year-old Colorado Springs nonprofit. These projects — plus many more — were special projects that Leadership Pikes Peak graduates undertook as a way to serve the community. This year,… Continue Reading Leadership Pikes Peak seeking nonprofit projects

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If Memorial Health System makes it onto the November ballot, and if voters choose to turn it into a nonprofit, it will need a new board of directors. The task force charged with studying the change is considering recommending new board members. Memorial’s board is six members short of the limit of 15, so even… Continue Reading Memorial task force turns attention to board’s future

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Where do Colorado Springs jobs come from? It’s true that the city relies heavily on its public sector, employers such as Fort Carson and Memorial Hospital, for roughly 40 percent of the city’s workforce. But it’s the private sector that’s the real backbone of the economy, providing the other 60 percent. Here’s a look at… Continue Reading A look at some of Colo. Springs’ top private employers

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The Colorado Division of Housing reported last week that Colorado Springs average rental rate hit an all-time high in the second quarter of 2011 at $759 a month. But whether that’s really an all-time high and what that says about the market depends on whom you ask. Division of housing spokesman Ryan McMaken said median… Continue Reading Apartment vacancy rates prompt differing analysis

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