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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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Cory Arcarese is director of the Mi Casa Resource Center and the Southern Colorado Women’s Business Center. Mi Casa’s overarching goal is to increase the employability, education, knowledge and life skills of Latino families. Tell us about the Mi Casa Resource Center. How long has it been around? What’s its mission? Mi Casa’s mission is to advance… Continue Reading Arcarese opens new door for women at Mi Casa

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The slippery slope of newspaper paywalls

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In case you haven’t heard, The New York Times launched its paywall system on March 28, 2011. Their paywall is an attempt to monetize the content generated by the news professionals at the Times, and “save the newspaper industry.” Speaking as a Web enthusiast, I’m going to predict that this will be a bumpy road… Continue Reading The slippery slope of newspaper paywalls

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