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Aerospace and defense companies in Colorado Springs received good news from President Obama’s 2012 budget this week, but it wasn’t so kind to NASA. First the good news: Major rocket and satellite programs got a boost. And additional funding for space programs — including maintenance, research and development — means big money for aerospace companies… Continue Reading Obama budget favors rockets, satellites, but not NASA

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People on the Move – February 18, 2011

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Colorado Association Services has announced that Nicole Armstrong has been named president of the Community Associations Institute Southern Colorado Chapter. She has been in the community management industry since 2002 and has chaired the CAI Southern Colorado Chapter membership and education committees. Andrew Andreasen has joined Freedom Financial Services as vice president of loan production.… Continue Reading People on the Move – February 18, 2011

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On the Horizon – February 18, 2011

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Feb. 26 Springs regional history competition The final rounds of the Colorado Springs Regional National History Day competition are scheduled for 8 a.m. Feb. 26 at Palmer Hall and Tutt Science Center. Attendance is free. March 1 Mayoral candidate forum for business leaders A mayoral candidate forum for business leaders is scheduled from 5:15 to… Continue Reading On the Horizon – February 18, 2011

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Colorado Springs regularly lands on national lists that praise its many amenities. Last year the city was ranked 15th “brainiest” city by Portfolio.com, 14th safest city by FreeBackgroundChecksUSA.com and second most pet-friendly city by Livability.com, to name a few. This week, however, the latest accolade could position the city to grab a larger share of… Continue Reading Why ‘Distinctive Destination’ pick is such a big deal

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Regulatory reform has taken hold at the state Capitol, and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce couldn’t be happier. The chamber has been working to rid local businesses of what they see as red tape and bureaucracy, and for once the Legislature is listening. One-quarter of the way through the 2011 session — it ends… Continue Reading Bills seek to cut small business regulatory burden

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Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado is a nonprofit that distributes 11 million pounds of food annually to more than 400 agencies in 31 counties. Numerous organizations and thousands of people depend on it. The organization found itself in troubled waters last year, firing its executive director, who had been in place for… Continue Reading One on One: Telford looks to bring stability to Care and Share

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Surcharge raises doubts about foreclosure bill

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A Colorado House bill that has the potential to ease the state’s foreclosure crisis is under review by the Business and Economic Development Committee, but there’s a problem. The association that represents the county public trustees who will have to implement the measure has yet to back the proposal, and the El Paso County public… Continue Reading Surcharge raises doubts about foreclosure bill

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Yes to impact statements

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Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow business impact statements to be attached to any piece of proposed legislation. It’s a good idea, and there’s no reason why the bill should not be passed. Sen. Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield) is sponsoring Senate Bill 116, which would give businesses five days from the time a… Continue Reading Yes to impact statements

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Taking Exception: Why Academy Blvd. plan works

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By Dave Munger and Stephannie Finley As major stakeholders in the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets project, we disagree with the Business Journal’s Feb. 4 opinion article Academy Boulevard Plans Need to be Reworked; particularly with its premise that this corridor should not be made a focus of community re-investment over the next decades. The… Continue Reading Taking Exception: Why Academy Blvd. plan works

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In a time of lean state budgets, the Colorado Department of Transportation has launched an $800,000 study of the state’s railroads and created a new department to deal with railway and other transportation issues. It’s a move that could lay the groundwork for long-talked-about plans for high-speed trains from Pueblo through Colorado Springs to Fort… Continue Reading Colo. has never had a regional rail plan. Now it will

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