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EDC set to unveil new ‘Think Local’ campaign

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The Regional Economic Development Corp., responding to pressure from area businesses, is about to roll out a “Think Local” campaign to help companies land more government contracts. Adopted by the city and El Paso County governments, the program will begin in January. The “Think Local” resolution encourages governments as well as businesses and consumers to… Continue Reading EDC set to unveil new ‘Think Local’ campaign

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Cooking up profits at GOG Gourmet

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Garden of the Gods Gourmet has created a vibe around food that has whisked it from the blended seasonings business five years ago to a multi-faceted enterprise bringing in more than $1 million a year. The company caters, run a small market, offers cooking classes, host dinners with its chef and throws monthly community meals… Continue Reading Cooking up profits at GOG Gourmet

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The Associated General Contractors of America released some ugly numbers recently. The group pegged the unemployment rate for the construction industry at 17.3 percent, almost twice that of the overall economy. According to the AGC, rising commodity prices, declining demand and flat prices for finished products are some of the factors that continue to weigh… Continue Reading Construction firm gets a boost from federal spending

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Now that the GOP has taken control of the House and beefed up its ranks in the Senate, “Obamacare” will be done away with, right? Wrong. In fact, not even close, according to Wendell Potter’s predictions. The former head of communication for Cigna, Potter has just authored a tell-all titled “Deadly Spin,” an account of… Continue Reading Why ‘Obamacare’ isn’t likely to be overturned

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A water war may soon erupt among Western states, and Colorado could end up losing. Demand for water is increasing, supplies are shrinking, and cities including Colorado Springs, Phoenix and Las Vegas are bracing for battle on the political and legal fronts. Seventy percent of Colorado Springs’ drinking water comes from the Colorado River, which… Continue Reading Western states edge ever-closer to water conflicts

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Andy Barton was born at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. His kids were born there, too. In a city where natives are hard to find, that makes him somewhat of a rare breed. A month ago, Barton began to work for the hospital system, raising money through its foundation as the director of annual giving at… Continue Reading Andy Barton: Telling the Penrose-St. Francis story

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To better compete, create a ‘we’ culture

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All things being equal, in this high-speed marketplace, the companies who will win are those who are able to access, engage, and leverage the intellect, energy, and passion of every member of the workforce. To do this, workplaces face a fundamental cultural challenge — between the prevalent “culture of me” that drives us toward silos,… Continue Reading To better compete, create a ‘we’ culture

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Lodging Association votes down LART-increase idea

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The Pikes Peak Lodging Association board of directors has voted unanimously to oppose any increase in the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax, or LART. “We do not believe that the business climate is receptive to any type of increase,” Steve Ducoff, president of the PPLA, said in a press release. “More importantly, an increase in… Continue Reading Lodging Association votes down LART-increase idea

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Cadets at the Air Force Academy launched their latest cadet-built satellite from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska last week. It took four years to make the launch happen, and the cadets are responsible for designing, building, integrating, testing and repairing the satellite, said Col. Marty France, head of the department of astronautics at the… Continue Reading Academy cadets launch weather satellite into orbit

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People on the Move – November 26, 2010

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Crown Plaza Hotel has added four new people to its management team. Toby Reed is the new business travel sales manager; Becky Brunet is now senior catering manager; Carolyn Ross is now outlets manager; and Robin Canada is the new human resources director. Chana Kolman has taken a job with Accredited Members as corporate event… Continue Reading People on the Move – November 26, 2010

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