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In 2010, the Air Force Academy had the greatest economic impact in its recent history for the Pikes Peak region: $851 million. The reason: long-term, large scale construction projects. “It’s a 9-percent increase from last year,” said Lt. Col. Burke Beaumont, director of financial management and comptroller at the academy. “The primary reason is the… Continue Reading Construction boosts Academy’s economic impact

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Lyle Small is self-proclaimed nerd, an inventor who makes color-changing ink, but finding his inner CEO might be his greatest discovery. Small is a scientist with half dozen patents, including one for his color-changing ink that can be printed on a variety of surfaces. One of his most visible clients is Coors Brewing Company. Their… Continue Reading Changing-paint forces inventor to change his role

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If you’ve been reading this column regularly, you know we’re big on small business. Small business owners are the backbone of the national economy. As a small business owner, you provide jobs, innovation and leadership. You support your community with retail goods, events to attend, restaurants to savor, and services that help the rest of… Continue Reading Celebrate small business and its future on June 9

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ITT Mission Systems, located in Colorado Springs, provides technological services to the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, so it seems fitting that a retired Army general who served in Iraq lead the company’s efforts in the Springs. Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Kenneth Hunzeker worked in both infantry and armored positions in the Army, and also has… Continue Reading Hunzeker is leading ITT into its multi-tiered future

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People on the Move – June 3, 2011

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Terumo Corp. has appointment David Perez as chairman of the Global Blood Management business, representing the combined businesses of Terumo Transfusion. Perez continue in his role as President and CEO of the combined Terumo Transfusion and CaridianBCT businesses. Tom Maltais has been named Executive Director of Mosaic in Colorado Springs. He has served as interim… Continue Reading People on the Move – June 3, 2011

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On the Horizon – June 3, 2011

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June 3 Rockies Counseling Center open house Members of the community can receive therapy at RCC for a flat fee of $25 with insurance. A sliding scale is in place for individuals who have no insurance or limited ability to pay. Nobody is denied care based on ability to pay. Open House begins at 4… Continue Reading On the Horizon – June 3, 2011

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If someone were to break into Lockheed Martin’s vaults, grab millions of plans, load them into a truck and make a getaway, it would be a major crime. But when something like that happens in cyberspace, as it did earlier this week, it makes headlines, but causes few ripples outside the defense industry. That’s about… Continue Reading Cyber clampdown could mean business for Springs

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Did you know that I can tell the following about the people who have viewed my ads online: Whether or not they are taking nonpresription drugs Whether they listen to Pink Floyd or Taio Cruz How much household debt they’re carrying (and conversely how much disposable income they have) What brand of car they own,… Continue Reading A rant about consumer privacy and online advertising

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The economic and political Medicare mess

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Do the American people have the courage and clarity to do what’s needed to get government under control? Let’s face facts. Every penny in a federal budget estimated to hit $3.8 trillion this year — along with a deficit of $1.6 trillion and federal debt held by the public reaching $10.9 trillion — has a… Continue Reading The economic and political Medicare mess

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Is it worth going to college?

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As college graduation season is upon us, and we consider the cost of college education — from $60,000 to $250,000, depending on whether it’s private or public, with or without room and board, with or without travel expense for holidays, with or without books ($4,000 on the low side) — it may be worth listening… Continue Reading Is it worth going to college?

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