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So this week I posted a YouTube video of Nappy Roots on my facebook profile and got immediate rave reviews from my college age nephew. And I started to wonder if he thinks I’m actually cool. Here’s the thing: I’m really a fraud at being cool. I use the Internet as a “cool engine” that… Continue Reading As coolness expands, content companies tremble

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People on the Move – July 1, 2011

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Col. Chris Crawford has taken command of the 21st Space Wing. He comes to Peterson Air Force Base from the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. This is his fifth assignment in Colorado Springs. As commander of the 21st Space Wing, he is responsible for the Air Force’s largest wing geographically and organizationally, with about 5,000 officer, enlisted,… Continue Reading People on the Move – July 1, 2011

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On the Horizon – July 1, 2011

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July 7 Breakfast with the Chamber-Military Focus The Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce will host its Breakfast with the Chamber from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on July 7. Maj. Gen. Mike Edwards, USAF, will discuss the Colorado National Guard’s roles and missions and significant accomplishments throughout their 150+ year history. Pre-payment is required. Event registration… Continue Reading On the Horizon – July 1, 2011

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The city’s traditional shopping malls are facing challenges filling retail space. Anchor tenants are leaving, and vacancies are high. Yet mall managers are trying to put a good face on the matter and insist their vacancy problems are only temporary. The city’s two traditional, shopping malls, The Citadel and Chapel Hills malls, won’t offer statistics… Continue Reading Springs’ shopping malls battling vacancy rates

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Blake Allen, who owns Allen Realty in Manitou Springs, is unfazed by the The Citadel mall’s woes and is buying the vacant Macy’s building in hopes of staging a retail comeback. Investors and retailers, however, aren’t convinced. He has been in the process of buying the building since March and hopes to close at the… Continue Reading Investor holds on to hope for Macy’s building

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In an NBC “Today Show” interview on June 14, President Barack Obama revealed a stunning degree of ignorance as to how the economy works. Talking about his jobs council and the high level of unemployment, the President declared, “The other thing that happened though, and this goes to the point you were just making, is… Continue Reading What happens when the president doesn’t understand economics?

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Nonprofits standing in the housing gap

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As Colorado Springs’ apartment vacancy rates decrease, inexpensive housing is drying up. And that has more low-income renters turning to affordable-housing providers, like the Division of Housing and Greccio Housing. The city’s apartment vacancy rate is 5.6 percent, a 10-year low, and apartment owners have stopped offering incentives like discounted rent as thousands of troops… Continue Reading Nonprofits standing in the housing gap

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City responds to media policy criticism

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It is apparent by the recent opinion piece in the CSBJ, that the intentions behind having a media policy for the city are being misconstrued. Let me be clear that the policy does not, and never did, prohibit our employees from talking to the media. Being transparent and having an appropriate media policy in a… Continue Reading City responds to media policy criticism

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Is there a leader in the house?

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Who will be the leaders of tomorrow? Will one or more of your own children be leaders in their sphere of influence? When our children eventually leave home, we want them to be equipped to succeed in life and to have the confidence and skills to live in the adult world. There are no guarantees… Continue Reading Is there a leader in the house?

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At the risk of sounding like alarmists, we hate business concentrations and want to help you take positive steps to avoid them. Concentrations are one of the greatest risks you can take in business because they cause havoc and destroy companies. Having a concentration is kind of like carrying a rattlesnake in your pocket —… Continue Reading Business owner beware rattlesnakes and concentrations

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