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CVB plans to beef up marketing in ’11

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Targeting tourists, conventioneers After struggling through deep budget cuts last year, the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau has put its marketing efforts into high gear. To pull it off, the CVB increased its marketing budget by 32 percent, from $895,606 to $1.18 million. It was able to do so because its share of the… Continue Reading CVB plans to beef up marketing in ’11

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American Electric ready for next level

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A Palmer Lake battery company is transforming itself into an electric vehicle design shop in hopes of grabbing a share of the fast-growing industry. American Electric Vehicles has already developed and designed an electric “micro-bus” that it hopes will catch on with schools and others. AEV says it has the technological know-how, the product and… Continue Reading American Electric ready for next level

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Leechpit moving to new digs

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An anchor of the Colorado Springs underground is pulling up stakes to make room for bigger things. Vintage clothing, music and outsider art-shop The Leechpit has occupied a quaint spot at 708 N. Weber St. since the day Johnny Cash died in September 2003. Owner Adam Leech is moving the store this month to 802… Continue Reading Leechpit moving to new digs

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Foreclosure rescue plan tripped up by red tape

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Out-of-work homeowners facing foreclosure in Colorado were supposed to receive more than $40 million in help from the federal government by the end of 2010. Instead, the Housing and Urban Development department’s Emergency Homeowner Loan Program has been delayed at least until April 1, and questions remain about how the funds will be administered and… Continue Reading Foreclosure rescue plan tripped up by red tape

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When the Phil Long Expo Center closed in October, many feared it would mean the loss of dozens of expositions and trade shows in the city. Local event centers, hotels and other venues, however, are picking up shows that had gone to the center. One of the more versatile local venues — the Norris-Penrose Event… Continue Reading Venues vie to cash in on closure of expo center

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As senior vice president of Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Pam McManus juggles the needs of a staff of more than 630 doctors, nurses and administrators at 18 outpatient clinics. Peak Vista provides primary care services to low-income, uninsured working families from all over the Pikes Peak Region. What are the biggest challenges facing Peak… Continue Reading McManus helps direct Peak Vista growth, partnerships

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Springs Salsa firming up its bottom line

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Dorie and Mark Wexler danced into the Colorado Springs fitness scene five years ago with a saucy Latin-inspired dance workout called “Zumba.” They shook their hips in karate studios and high school gymnasiums — any place in southern Colorado, really, where a group could get their merengue on — and in 2006 they opened Springs… Continue Reading Springs Salsa firming up its bottom line

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In a broken world, let hope guide leadership

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It’s a new year, and as I checked in with family, friends, and colleagues, there seemed to be a higher than usual prevalence of illness, from the common cold to surgeries. Looking for reasons, I learned that it was due to more than the fact that people are just working harder than ever before. It… Continue Reading In a broken world, let hope guide leadership

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Reform helps spur more Medicaid fraud busts

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There’s good and bad news for the health care reforms passed last year (and which Republicans hope to decimate this year). First the good: Thanks to the law, a record amount of money was recovered from fraudulent Medicare claims last year. The Department of Health and Human Services recovered a total of $4 billion last… Continue Reading Reform helps spur more Medicaid fraud busts

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A major contributor to the Great Recession of 2008-2009 was the decline in home prices. For the average household, the equity in their home is their largest asset, comprising a significant portion of their wealth. Wealth dropped an unprecedented $17.5 trillion over the seven quarters between mid-2007 and early 2009. We are beginning to see… Continue Reading Housing market shows consumers are ready to spend

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