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Last week the Business Journal reported about the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s refusal to disclose details about how it plans to spend the $2.4 million in tax money it is getting from the city this year. The story revealed how blindly the Colorado Springs City Council and CVB board accept that if-asked-don’t-tell situation. During the… Continue Reading Council should scrutinize how CVB spends money

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Fountain Creek could be a big economic driver for the Pikes Peak region — but it needs some serious work first. Public officials and utilities workers are considering plans to upgrade the creek, which include turning part of it into a recreational draw similar to what Pueblo has done with its Arkansas Riverwalk, which winds… Continue Reading Fountain Creek – Colorado Springs’ riverwalk?

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In 2010, the Air Force Academy had the greatest economic impact in its recent history for the Pikes Peak region: $851 million. The reason: long-term, large scale construction projects. “It’s a 9-percent increase from last year,” said Lt. Col. Burke Beaumont, director of financial management and comptroller at the academy. “The primary reason is the… Continue Reading Construction boosts Academy’s economic impact

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Lyle Small is self-proclaimed nerd, an inventor who makes color-changing ink, but finding his inner CEO might be his greatest discovery. Small is a scientist with half dozen patents, including one for his color-changing ink that can be printed on a variety of surfaces. One of his most visible clients is Coors Brewing Company. Their… Continue Reading Changing-paint forces inventor to change his role

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If you’ve been reading this column regularly, you know we’re big on small business. Small business owners are the backbone of the national economy. As a small business owner, you provide jobs, innovation and leadership. You support your community with retail goods, events to attend, restaurants to savor, and services that help the rest of… Continue Reading Celebrate small business and its future on June 9

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ITT Mission Systems, located in Colorado Springs, provides technological services to the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, so it seems fitting that a retired Army general who served in Iraq lead the company’s efforts in the Springs. Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Kenneth Hunzeker worked in both infantry and armored positions in the Army, and also has… Continue Reading Hunzeker is leading ITT into its multi-tiered future

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People on the Move – June 3, 2011

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Terumo Corp. has appointment David Perez as chairman of the Global Blood Management business, representing the combined businesses of Terumo Transfusion. Perez continue in his role as President and CEO of the combined Terumo Transfusion and CaridianBCT businesses. Tom Maltais has been named Executive Director of Mosaic in Colorado Springs. He has served as interim… Continue Reading People on the Move – June 3, 2011

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On the Horizon – June 3, 2011

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June 3 Rockies Counseling Center open house Members of the community can receive therapy at RCC for a flat fee of $25 with insurance. A sliding scale is in place for individuals who have no insurance or limited ability to pay. Nobody is denied care based on ability to pay. Open House begins at 4… Continue Reading On the Horizon – June 3, 2011

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If someone were to break into Lockheed Martin’s vaults, grab millions of plans, load them into a truck and make a getaway, it would be a major crime. But when something like that happens in cyberspace, as it did earlier this week, it makes headlines, but causes few ripples outside the defense industry. That’s about… Continue Reading Cyber clampdown could mean business for Springs

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Did you know that I can tell the following about the people who have viewed my ads online: Whether or not they are taking nonpresription drugs Whether they listen to Pink Floyd or Taio Cruz How much household debt they’re carrying (and conversely how much disposable income they have) What brand of car they own,… Continue Reading A rant about consumer privacy and online advertising

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