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Strategic planning: Exercise or imperative?

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“We have a ‘strategic’ plan. It’s called doing things.” Admittedly, Herb Kelleher’s legendary Rambo-esque style of leadership is appealing. The former CEO of Southwest Airlines has a point. Few enjoy sitting in a stuffy board room victimized by droning reports and deadly dull presentations — a common perception of strategic planning. So some leaders, especially… Continue Reading Strategic planning: Exercise or imperative?

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Cast of stars growing at Conservatory

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For years, Linda Weise, founder and executive director of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, received dozens of unsolicited resumes from teachers and performers looking for work. The number of resumes far exceeded the number of jobs at the nonprofit preparatory school for the arts. In recent years, though, Weise has cut a number of deals to… Continue Reading Cast of stars growing at Conservatory

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Spurred at least in part by the suspension of certain exemptions, state sales tax revenues rose more than 8 percent in the second quarter compared to the previous year. The Colorado Department of Revenue reports that sales tax revenue jumped to $461.5 million from $426.5 million the previous year. The suspension of exemptions on items… Continue Reading Exemption suspensions generate nearly $12M for state budget

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Keep government out of Banning Lewis

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City Councilman Sean Paige has been kicking around the idea that the city should buy the bankrupt Banning Lewis Ranch. He’s thinking we could build an equestrian center, trails, perhaps even an Olympic training facility. It’s not a new idea; Paige promoted it last year when he sought appointment to the vacant city council seat… Continue Reading Keep government out of Banning Lewis

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Ours is the most conservative city in Colorado, and one of the half-dozen most conservative cities in America. When Republicans win, whether by taking control of the legislature, occupying the governor’s mansion, or winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, we help put them there. A generic Republican candidate can expect at least a 65-35… Continue Reading An El Paso County solution to the Colorado GOP’s problems

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Fed policy should focus on price stability

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Ben Bernanke and his buddies at the Federal Reserve have half the economic equation right. But the half they’ve got wrong could turn out to be quite costly. In the Federal Open Market Committee statement released Nov. 3, the Fed reiterated concerns over a slow recovery in output and employment; consumer spending being restrained in… Continue Reading Fed policy should focus on price stability

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Married, middle aged, employed and living in a three-bedroom house, Shelly and Daryl Gottier never imagined they’d end up homeless — much less living along Monument Creek in a tent during winter. But that’s what happened. After a death in the family and losing their jobs in the midst of the economic downturn, they were… Continue Reading El Pomar serves up annual awards to local nonprofits

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People on the Move – November 12, 2010

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Linda Catlin has been named the executive director of Pikes Peak Community Tennis Association. Prior to joining PPCTA, Catlin, a business anthropologist, consulted with a variety of national clients, including General Motors, the Mayo Clinic, the Kellogg Foundation and the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation. In addition to her consulting work, she has a background in management… Continue Reading People on the Move – November 12, 2010

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I caught up earlier this week with Chris Carmichael (he wasn’t on his bike) and asked him about his role in helping bring a stage of the coming Quizno’s Pro Challenge cycling race to the Springs. Carmichael, of course, is a former Olympic athlete, the owner of Carmichael Training Solutions, and Lance Armstrong’s cycling coach.… Continue Reading Carmichael: Quizno’s race an ‘enormous responsibility’

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Hospitality tax back on tourism agenda?

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After a couple of rough years, the hospitality industry hopes that 2011 will be a recovery year. It’ll also be the year that Doug Price takes over as head of the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau. Although it’s too soon to know what Price will do, one of his concerns is funding, which has… Continue Reading Hospitality tax back on tourism agenda?

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