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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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A former U. S. Air Force officer, Howard Brooks was chief operating officer at Pikes Peak United Way for eight years before becoming executive director of the Energy Resource Center in early 2009. The center employs nearly 50 people and has an annual budget of $4.5 million. It operates in El Paso, Teller, Fremont, Douglas… Continue Reading Brooks’ work keeps low-income families warm, safe

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Tracy Martin has fielded countless complaints about barking dogs and overgrown weeds. But as the owner of Diversified Property Management, a residential homeowner’s association management company, she tries to listen to each homeowner complaint as if it’s the first time she’s heard it. That patience has helped grow her business 30 percent a year for… Continue Reading Diversified’s secret to success? Loving thy neighbor

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The mortgage interest deduction has been the tax break with nine lives, but the new, incoming Congress may pose an existential threat to the policy. The deduction has been up for dissolution under both the Reagan and Bush 43 administrations. President Reagan famously committed to the measure when he told the National Association of Realtors… Continue Reading On the endangered list? Mortgage interest deduction

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People on the Move – December 10, 2010

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Deborah Elliott-DeSorbo has joined the University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs as a core faculty member in the School of Professional Psychology. She is president of the Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region. Norman Alvis has been named a senior portfolio manager by the U.S. Bank Private Client Group in Colorado Springs. He… Continue Reading People on the Move – December 10, 2010

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I’ve always been curious about an organizational phenomenon that seems almost universal in organizations — organizational “enemies.” There seems to always be one in every team, department or organization. This is a person who is over the top, on the bubble, or simply just very difficult to work with. They are not yet a pariah,… Continue Reading Peer pressure can get you past organizational ‘enemies’

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When the EL Paso County Trustee’s office released its November foreclosure numbers, the month-over-month increase of 10.5-percent was not the only troubling statistic. The data also showed that 2010 will likely be the second worst year for foreclosures on record, and County Trustee Thomas Mowle doesn’t expect enough job growth in 2011 to offset the… Continue Reading With job market slow, forecast is for more foreclosures

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Time has arrived to make hard choices

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By Craig Carnick If you want to watch something alarming, look at the U.S. Debt Clock at www.usdebtclock.org. It calculates, second-by-second, America’s rising debt (approaching $14 trillion), federal spending (nearly $3.5 trillion a year) and budget deficit (roughly $1.3 trillion). Second-by-second the numbers increase, and you can also watch (more slowly) the inexorable rise in… Continue Reading Time has arrived to make hard choices

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Local cash-strapped school districts have shown more than a bit of business savvy in their operations lately. Word came this week that Falcon District 49 struck a deal with a private company to mount advertisements on the sides of its school buses. It’s a good idea. Finding money is a dilemma for most publicly funded… Continue Reading Falcon district scores an ‘A’ with school bus ads

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