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Al White has been a state lawmaker for years but the spotlight is about to get even brighter for the Republican from Hayden. As I reported online earlier this week, the tourism and hospitality industry is excited about the news that Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper has appointed White as director of the Colorado Tourism Office. Until… Continue Reading State tourism chief expected to create ‘single voice’

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I’m writing this on the Sunday before Christmas and thinking about my wish list for this holiday season. After all of the turmoil and tumult of the past few years, it’s sometimes hard to believe the Springs made No. 1 on Money magazine’s 2006 “Best Places to Live” rankings. It hasn’t made it back to… Continue Reading Springs’ image makeover and other holiday wishes

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Mayoral race could cost up to $2 million

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Who will win and whether a runoff will be needed remains to be seen, but one thing seems sure about the April mayoral election: It will easily eclipse every previous fundraising record by political candidates in Colorado Springs. In 2003, four incumbent council members sought to succeed Mary Lou Makepeace as mayor. Collectively, they raised… Continue Reading Mayoral race could cost up to $2 million

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The state’s trucking industry appears to be on the upswing, offering one of the clearest indications of an economic recovery. The trucking industry in Colorado, which provides 146,000 jobs and total wages of $7.1 billion, is an important bellwether because economic slowdowns show up first in the manufactured-goods sector. Customers cut back or cancel orders,… Continue Reading Recovery gaining traction, trucking firms picking up speed

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Incubator ‘graduates’ few, far between

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Despite the help they get, few make it on their own The Colorado Springs Technology Incubator, where fledgling companies are nurtured as they learn to make their way into the world, has graduated three companies in its nearly 10-year history. Two more are readying to leave the nest next year. If those sound like small… Continue Reading Incubator ‘graduates’ few, far between

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Trio finds success in being great, not big

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Two days after Randy Culver, Mark McMillen and Sean Conway were fired from Real Time Logic — a company two of them founded — they started Amergint Technologies, a firm that specializes in space system equipment. They didn’t have a single customer, but eight people from their former company quit and joined their new company,… Continue Reading Trio finds success in being great, not big

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Individual mandate comes with greater good aspect

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A federal judge dealt a blow to health care reform earlier this month, declaring the legislation’s individual mandate unconstitutional. Many who oppose reform believe the decision sounded a death knell for the law. But they’re wrong, and here’s why: Judge Henry Hudson left all the insurance reform measures in the bill intact: insurance companies can… Continue Reading Individual mandate comes with greater good aspect

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People on the Move – December, 24, 2010

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Bob Harney has joined Alliance Storage Technologies as director of global sales. Harney has more than 20 years in the software and data storage industry. Brady Fitzwater has been hired as an audit senior by Stockman Kast Ryan + Co. accounting firm. Fitzwater previously worked with KPMG, Ernst & Young and Maxwell Locke & Ritter.… Continue Reading People on the Move – December, 24, 2010

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Mayor must create and preserve to be remembered

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A couple of years ago, the Business Journal ran a story about the hundreds of well-meaning, carefully drafted plans that were gathering dust in a forgotten city archive. Many were produced in-house, while others were created by expensive consultants. Most were ignored, while some were incorporated into city policies. Maybe the plans were too ambitious,… Continue Reading Mayor must create and preserve to be remembered

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County headed in right direction with impact fees

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Residential and commercial developers in Falcon and Fountain recently found themselves at odds with El Paso County planners. At issue was who should pay for transportation “oversizing.” Oversizing is the term used to describe items such as turn lanes, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, traffic signals or streetlights that are in excess of the basic infrastructure work… Continue Reading County headed in right direction with impact fees

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