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A native of Colorado Springs, Michele Carvell has been executive director of Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association since 1999. Prior to that, she was executive director of the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce from 1990 to 1998. She was instrumental in increasing tourism to Manitou, and helping to brand the town as a fun, quirky… Continue Reading Tourism executive sees recovery season for Springs

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Finishes: Manufacturing a comeback

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The telephone is ringing more often these days at Finishes Ltd., a Colorado Springs metal-plating shop. That has meant revenue growth and hiring at the company, thanks to a return of manufacturing work including assignments from overseas. Finishes applies protective coatings on various metal parts such as keypads, gun triggers, microscopes or fly fish clips.… Continue Reading Finishes: Manufacturing a comeback

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Gov. John Hickenlooper’s new executive team includes the people who will be shaping Colorado’s health care policy for the next four years. Those people will be responsible, in part, for helping create the new health insurance exchanges required by federal law, as well as guiding the state’s efforts at implementing other parts of the health… Continue Reading Hickenlooper names team that will guide state’s care

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People on the Move – January 14, 2011

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Carolyn Schneider has been promoted to campus enrollment services director for University of the Rockies. Helen Jackson has joined Your CFO Solutions, Inc. She has been a certified QuickBooks Proadvisor since 2003. Her accounting experience includes public accounting, cost accounting and tax representation with the IRS. Jim Johnson, CEO of construction company GE Johnson, has… Continue Reading People on the Move – January 14, 2011

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Sixteen percent of venture capitalists surveyed nationwide named the Rocky Mountain region as one of the next regions — outside Silicon Valley, New York and New England — poised for growth. That’s not a huge percentage, but it still struck me as significant. So I asked Tom Duening, the El Pomar chair for Business and… Continue Reading Angel, venture capital investment trends moving West

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Choice is clear: Memorial a nonprofit

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I have had the privilege of both living in Colorado Springs for most of my life and practicing medicine here for nearly 28 years. We are extremely fortunate to have two competing, but collegial hospital systems in our city that are mission driven to provide care to all, regardless of financial status. I have been… Continue Reading Choice is clear: Memorial a nonprofit

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“SuperFreakonomics (Illustrated Edition)” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Wm. Morrow, $40, 304 pages Your budget is connected to your income. The income’s connected to a sales goal. The sales goal’s connected to the economy. The economy’s connected to consumer spending. And consumer spending’s connected to the ankle bone. Flow-charts, studies, old songs,… Continue Reading Book Review: “Superfreakonomics (Illustrated edition)”

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Today’s audiences demand active engagement

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Hank was puzzled. As CEO, he had been running an annual town hall meeting in January for 12 straight years. In the past, his employees would listen respectfully while he enumerated the past year’s successes and laid out strategic priorities for the coming year. At this month’s town hall, things were different. Half of the… Continue Reading Today’s audiences demand active engagement

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State to assume oversight of advisers

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The burden of regulating mid-size investment advisers will shift from federal to state agencies this year, a time when state budgets have been slashed and resources are limited. The Dodd-Frank financial reform act mandates this regulatory shift for midsize investment advisers, or those who have between $25 million and $100 million in assets under management.… Continue Reading State to assume oversight of advisers

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The fate of the proposed Copper Ridge shopping center in northern Colorado Springs will in part hinge on how El Paso County Commissioners interpret the state Constitution. County Attorney Bill Louis is working with the developer, Northgate Properties owner Gary Erickson, on a proposal that would allocate future sales tax revenue from the shopping center… Continue Reading Road-funding question threatens Copper Ridge plans

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