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Someday, we’ll sit on our porch swings, smoke pipes, sip whiskey, and reminisce about the great economic malaise of the late aughts. Until then, the race is on to see which Colorado Springs industry kick-starts the local economy to solidify its spot in what will become the city’s historical narrative. All of the usual suspects… Continue Reading Churches breathing new life into real estate market

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It’s a small number but, hey, it’s a start. I’m talking about the $10 million that Mike Kazmierski hopes to pull together in private and public funds to help area startups get up and running. Kazmierski, the head of the Economic Development Corp., plans to reveal this idea next Friday at a luncheon speech titled… Continue Reading EDC to unveil plan to keep Springs companies rooted

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El Paso County Commissioners will decide next month whether they should skirt state law and use sales tax revenue from the proposed Copper Ridge shopping center to pay for an extension of Powers Boulevard. It’s a bad idea. And while the discussion next month will be about the legality of it all, there’s an even… Continue Reading Let free-market forces rule in Copper Ridge matter

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Lawmakers taking aim at foreclosure practices

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Work began at the statehouse this week on legislation to address the ongoing foreclosure crisis. Meaningful reform, however, seems like a long-shot. Any potential legislation would require a bold and detailed proposal from a member of the House Economic and Business Development Committee, most of whom are new to the panel. Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver,… Continue Reading Lawmakers taking aim at foreclosure practices

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Health giant jumps into Memorial ballot battle

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The battle over the fate of Memorial Health System is pitting one of the biggest hospital companies in Colorado, which wants to buy Memorial, against a fledgling group of locals that supports the hospital’s bid to become a nonprofit. HealthOne, controlled by for-profit giant HCA, has launched a campaign to halt progress of the effort… Continue Reading Health giant jumps into Memorial ballot battle

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The technology behind what could be the next generation of coal-plant emissions purifiers uses less water, less electricity and far less space than traditional methods of removing sulfur dioxide from the air. It also is supposed to be far more effective. Over the past several years, much has been reported about the potential of what’s… Continue Reading A closer look at Neumann’s coal-plant emissions technology

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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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