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When Hunt Hodgkins needs inspiration while designing digital characters, he rides a scooter around the office to visit his colleagues or joins them for Nerf dart-gun battles. “The atmosphere here is so open, and everyone’s available for communication between teams. It allows us to work together and be more creative,” he said. Since 2009, Hodgkins… Continue Reading Companies believe having fun at work is serious business

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Two years after Operation 6035 was launched, a key group is being formed to implement its recommendations. Other than that, there’s little hard evidence of any progress since the initial economic development strategy was published. Phil Lane was appointed to head the operation in February 2010, and he acknowledged the program hasn’t unfolded as swiftly… Continue Reading 2 years after launch, 6035 creeping at a glacial pace

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Karen McClaflin flips houses, and she’s good at it. She sees damaged and neglected properties as diamonds in the rough. She buys them, guts them and makes them livable again. She’s adding a new twist to her home-flipping business, Home Source Partners, Inc. She will carry the financing on a house for a buyer for… Continue Reading Home Source Partners flipping houses for affordability’s sake

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Nationwide, domestic manufacturing is growing at the fastest pace in seven years, and that could translate into jobs in Colorado Springs — especially at small businesses. The Institute for Supply Management reported that its index of manufacturing activity is at its highest level since 2004 — a big improvement from December 2008, when the index… Continue Reading After U.S. manufacturing spike, Springs seeks rebound

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Mark Rohlena has been CEO of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs since the beginning of February. Before that he was a litigation attorney for Holland & Hart in Denver; for the past five years he advised nearly 500 attorneys on ethics issues. Rohlena earned his juris doctorate from the Ave Maria School of Law, then… Continue Reading Lawyer offers new stewardship at Catholic Charities

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A program that has helped almost 1,000 struggling Colorado Springs homeowners renegotiate their mortgages is under threat in Congress this week, but local housing advocates say it is too important to eliminate. The initiative, the Obama administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program, has been dogged by administrative and legal problems since its inception two years ago,… Continue Reading Advocates fight to keep Home Affordable Modification Program

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When it comes to government and spending, two quotes from history capture the central problem. John Randolph, a Virginian and early 19th-century member of Congress, observed: “The most delicious of all privileges — spending other people’s money.” Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923-29, added: “Nothing is easier than spending the public money. It does not appear… Continue Reading So many federal programs, and so much duplication

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People on the Move – March 11, 2011

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Deana Hunt has been named executive director of Child Care Connections. She has served as interim director since August and joined the Child Care Connections staff in 2006. Clear Channel Radio has named Glynn Alan as market manager for Colorado Springs. He will be responsible for leading the Colorado Springs radio cluster operations. He joins… Continue Reading People on the Move – March 11, 2011

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On the Horizon – March 11, 2011

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March 11 Peak Venture Group Breakfast The Peak Venture Group will hold a networking breakfast at 7 a.m. March 11 at the Garden of the Gods Club. Call (719) 439-2934 for more information. Women’s Express Network monthly luncheon The Colorado Springs Women’s Express Network monthly luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. March 11 at the… Continue Reading On the Horizon – March 11, 2011

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Shawna Kemppainen and Lisa Green want what other couples already have: the chance to take care of each other.

Green has multiple sclerosis and is on several expensive medications. Thanks to domestic partner health benefits at Kemppainen’s work, she’s covered by insurance. The two know they’re fortunate. Continue Reading Same-sex partners struggle for health insurance

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