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A wish list for our new strong mayor

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I’m not surprised any more to see unexpected friends and acquaintances whenever I go downtown, but even for me, last October’s meeting was unusual. Stirred by reports of low interest rates, I’d taken a morning off from work, and drove downtown to an appointment with a banker. It took less than an hour to sign… Continue Reading A wish list for our new strong mayor

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Gutting city’s jobs department a bad move

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Business Journal reporter Jonathan Easley reported last week that for the first time in decades the City of Colorado Springs was about to enter the new year without a dedicated economic development team. If that news didn’t turn your stomach, it should have. What it says is that job-creation and economic development are of too… Continue Reading Gutting city’s jobs department a bad move

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The aerospace industry posted more than $216 billion in sales in 2010, a 20 percent increase above 2009. The figure is still down from the record highs in 2007, but industry experts are hopeful the increase marks the end of recent declines in orders. “Aerospace has produced solid results, leading all manufacturers in trade surplus,”… Continue Reading Aerospace industry posts sales figure of $216 billion

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Lingering ObamaCare battle is good news

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Since being signed into law by the president in March, ObamaCare has been explosive politically, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. Coupled with a continuing poor economy, ObamaCare played a key role in Republicans gaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives, picking up seats in the Senate, and making big strides in governorships… Continue Reading Lingering ObamaCare battle is good news

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Fort Carson an ideal pad for aviation brigade

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A decision on where to locate one of the Army’s helicopter brigades will be made soon, and, pardon our provincialism, but we can’t think of a better locale than Colorado Springs. Fort Carson is, of course, where 4th Infantry Division soldiers train for combat. Training of any sort requires simulation of the real-life conditions that… Continue Reading Fort Carson an ideal pad for aviation brigade

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Job-creation team barely limps along

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For the first time in decades, the City of Colorado Springs will enter the new year without a dedicated economic development team. The team had played an important role in helping the privately funded Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. in attracting new companies and retaining existing businesses, a mission that became increasingly urgent in… Continue Reading Job-creation team barely limps along

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2011 Forecast: The lift from an aviation brigade

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Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. President Mike Kazmierski is watching three items in the New Year that he believes have the potential to produce sustained economic growth for the city. They involve Fort Carson, relocating companies and a new mayor. For starters, Kazmierski is optimistic that an Army Combat Aviation Brigade will be created… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: The lift from an aviation brigade

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Next year will bring change, challenges and even peril to the Colorado Springs arts community. Two of the community’s most dynamic leaders will leave, while one of the city’s most treasured institutions may struggle to survive. Laurence Leighton-Smith, who has conducted the Colorado Springs Philharmonic since it rose from the ashes of the Colorado Springs… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: A new philharmonic conductor, a new COPPeR chief

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There is money and fame for any contrarian willing to stand in the face of popular sentiment and boldly call the top of a bubble or the bottom of a crash. But that hasn’t been incentive enough for anyone in the region to step up and trumpet a full-fledged real estate recovery for 2011. Of… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: Signs of life in real estate, but still far to go

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Thanks to their approval of the strong-mayor form of government in the November election, city residents will get what they voted for in 2011: change. Voters will select a new mayor and a seven of nine council members. The new mayor will have powers that his or her predecessors could only dream of, including preparing… Continue Reading 2011 Forecast: A strong mayor, restrained by TABOR

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