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On the Horizon – April 29, 2011

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May 2 Final Mayoral Debate The final mayoral debate is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 2 at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 Cascade Ave. Doors open 5 p.m. Reception for candidates and new council members will follow. Open seating tickets are available through TicketsWest (www.ticketswest.com), the Pikes Peak Center and the World Arena box office,… Continue Reading On the Horizon – April 29, 2011

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Apartment hunters in Colorado Springs have had it pretty easy the last 10 years — low rates, big incentives and lots to choose from. Not anymore. The Colorado Division of Housing released quarterly apartment vacancy statistics last week, which confirmed what people in the industry already knew — vacancies are at an all-time low. Colorado… Continue Reading Military, foreclosures shaping apartment rental market

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GE Johnson construction company CEO Jim Johnson knows that many subcontractors working on his projects don’t offer health insurance to their employees. Broadmoor hotel CEO Steve Bartolin recognizes the same issue — part-time, seasonal workers in the hospitality industry don’t get health insurance through work. That’s why both companies give money to Peak Vista Community… Continue Reading Uninsured-workers’ needs prompt support for Peak Vista

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What is the relationship between public health and health care in our community? The answer is “partnership.” The overall health of our community depends on collaborative efforts between El Paso County Public Health (population focused) and our local health care providers (patient focused). Both public health and medical providers offer programs and services that address… Continue Reading Public health, medicine is an essential partnership

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People on the Move – April 29, 2011

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Scott Wegner has joined OfficeScapes as an installation lead. He brings several years of furniture installation experience to the job. He most recently worked on the El Paso County Corporate Ridge project. Terri White has joined OfficeScapes as an Account Manager. She will cover the Government/Military market in Arizona. John Petrovich and Emily Periard have… Continue Reading People on the Move – April 29, 2011

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Banks biting back

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Proposed debit card regulations have pitted the nation’s financial institutions against retailers — but consumers could be the ones caught in the middle. At issue is more than $12 billion in annual debit card processing fees, money that merchants pay to banks to process debit card transactions. The regulations, part of the Dodd-Frank legislation that… Continue Reading Banks biting back

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Bach, Skorman talk business ahead of debate

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Mayoral candidates Richard Skorman and Steve Bach have a few things in common. Both are businessmen, both see job creation as the main issue facing the city and both believe the city government could be more efficient. It’s their approaches to those issues that differs. Bach believes government should get out of the way of… Continue Reading Bach, Skorman talk business ahead of debate

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There is no shortage of opinions about the impact of Federal health care reform. For those of us who own or manage businesses, opinions are terrific material for water cooler speculation, but the real challenge we must face is to understand the practical impact of health care reform on our businesses, the people we employ… Continue Reading Exchange bill needs businesses’ support

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When it comes to the national commercial real estate market, the past few years have not been kind. The national recession significantly impacted every major commercial property type, causing occupancies and rental rates to fall and sales activity to significantly slow down. The good news is that over the past six to nine months, conditions… Continue Reading Commercial development showing slow signs of growth

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Raise the roof for change

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What organizational changes are on your leadership to-do list? If you’re like most leaders today, you have many problems to solve and a host of complex, unwieldy dilemmas that seem beyond solution. Challenges that defy easy answers are everywhere — finding the right business models in shifting markets, innovating to stay ahead of the competition,… Continue Reading Raise the roof for change

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