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Who’s going to be the first “strong mayor” of Colorado Springs? With 101 days until the April 5 election, and 80 days until voters receive mail ballots, it’s likely that the next mayor is among those who have already declared their intention to run. It’s a little late for any new candidates to surface, particularly… Continue Reading Campaign advice for city’s strong-mayor candidates

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Putting healthcare ahead of bottom line

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The work of the Memorial Citizens’ Commission is for all intents and purposes complete. This commission, consisting of nine highly educated and diverse citizen volunteers, conducted an extensive public outreach process and provided numerous opportunities for citizen access throughout all quadrants of the community. Our process consisted of more than 50 town hall meetings open… Continue Reading Putting healthcare ahead of bottom line

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While we’re surrounded by some of the nation’s most scenic natural beauty, Colorado Springs isn’t a very green place. There are no prominent renewable-energy businesses here, and there are few houses and businesses in the region that rely even partially on renewable energy sources. As Business Journal reporter Jonathan Easly recently reported, on this score,… Continue Reading It’s time for the Springs to embrace renewable energy

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Boecore plans to add 50 to its staff

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Long before the ice sculpture melted at Boecore’s 10th anniversary party earlier this month, Kathy Boe was already thinking about the next 10 years. “One of the things I really look forward to is growing our corporate headquarters in Colorado Springs,” she said. “I want to grow a company that has jobs for our employees’… Continue Reading Boecore plans to add 50 to its staff

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Last month, Congress once again passed the buck on Medicare cuts, though this time for just 30 days. Doctors were relieved, but it makes you wonder: Was that the best approach for the rest of us? If it had acted, Medicare reimbursements to doctors would have been reduced by 23 percent. But Congress has repeatedly… Continue Reading Medicare reimbursement issue before Congress again

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Peak Education adopting new approach in mission

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It always amazes me how ­— with the right people in place — much can be done with very little. Peak Education’s offices are tucked into the third floor of a Victorian on north Nevada. It’s a historic building, meaning it’s a walk-up, so the folks who work there climb up and down the stairs… Continue Reading Peak Education adopting new approach in mission

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FirstBank Holding Co. has consolidated its 25 charters, forming a single charter, simply called FirstBank. The bank is based in Lakewood, Colo., and has 10 branches in Colorado Springs. Customer accounts, checks and statements will remain the same, as will all branches and ATM sites. But the change will definitely have an impact on the… Continue Reading FirstBank streamlines, consolidates its 25 charters

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Colorado Springs has failed to keep up with renewable-energy investment seen in Denver, Boulder and elsewhere in the state, in part because the city-owned utility has limited rebates for solar-panel projects. Low energy costs and a statewide mandate that requires a smaller commitment to renewable energy from municipal providers such as Colorado Springs Utilities also… Continue Reading Rebates for renewables lagging in the Springs

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JA lab to help teach finances to children

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Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado has developed plans to transform part of a closed District 11 elementary school into a hands-on lab of sorts where students can learn about entrepreneurship and how to manage their personal finances. The project, still under study, would establish JA’s first BizTown, aimed at fifth graders, and Finance Park, for… Continue Reading JA lab to help teach finances to children

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Sitting idle: Parking Enterprise’s $1 million

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In 2005, the city of Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority and the John Q. Hammons company signed a statement of intent to build and operate a 250-room Embassy Suites hotel near America the Beautiful Park. As part of the deal, the city’s Parking Enterprise agreed to pony up $3.1 million to build… Continue Reading Sitting idle: Parking Enterprise’s $1 million

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