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James Justus has been president of Olive Real Estate Group since 1996, which specializes in investment and vacant land deals. He has been involved in commercial real estate for more than 30 years, representing local clients as well as Fortune 500 companies. The last couple years have been pretty tough on everyone with the economy.… Continue Reading Justus: Distressed-property absorption key to recovery

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Todd, the director for a 25-person business unit, was frustrated that he wasn’t getting clear direction from his boss. The vice president he reported to kept telling Todd that he wasn’t being strategic enough. Yet Todd wasn’t clear on what being strategic even meant. If you choose to progress in your career by moving up… Continue Reading To succeed as a director, don’t wait for direction

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Top five priorities for CVB’s new chief

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The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau will go through a leadership change next month when Doug Price takes over for the retiring Terry Sullivan. The Business Journal this week surveyed key players in the hospitality industry, asking them what they think Price should do to attract more leisure and business traffic to the city.… Continue Reading Top five priorities for CVB’s new chief

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Care and Share seeks donations, CEO

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Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, whose CEO was fired this month, is doing what it can to forge ahead during this critical time of year. Demand for food is up 30 percent over this time last year, a reflection of the region’s high unemployment. Donations, however, are running about the same level… Continue Reading Care and Share seeks donations, CEO

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Domestic prospects dry, architect looks offshore

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Architectural firms can be a leading indicator for the construction and real estate markets, as the design process is typically the first stage in a project’s development. “We get phone calls every day from contractors asking us what we have going on,” said RTA Architects President Randy Thorne. By this metric, and by Thorne’s account,… Continue Reading Domestic prospects dry, architect looks offshore

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People on the Move – December 17, 2010

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Ben Mollner has joined his father’s dental Practice, Mark Mollner DDS. Ben is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. His father has had a dental practice in Colorado Springs for 25 years. Brian Pesch has joined Western Centers, Inc. of Aurora as Chief Operating Officer. Western Centers is in the… Continue Reading People on the Move – December 17, 2010

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Who’s going to be the first “strong mayor” of Colorado Springs? With 101 days until the April 5 election, and 80 days until voters receive mail ballots, it’s likely that the next mayor is among those who have already declared their intention to run. It’s a little late for any new candidates to surface, particularly… Continue Reading Campaign advice for city’s strong-mayor candidates

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Putting healthcare ahead of bottom line

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The work of the Memorial Citizens’ Commission is for all intents and purposes complete. This commission, consisting of nine highly educated and diverse citizen volunteers, conducted an extensive public outreach process and provided numerous opportunities for citizen access throughout all quadrants of the community. Our process consisted of more than 50 town hall meetings open… Continue Reading Putting healthcare ahead of bottom line

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While we’re surrounded by some of the nation’s most scenic natural beauty, Colorado Springs isn’t a very green place. There are no prominent renewable-energy businesses here, and there are few houses and businesses in the region that rely even partially on renewable energy sources. As Business Journal reporter Jonathan Easly recently reported, on this score,… Continue Reading It’s time for the Springs to embrace renewable energy

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Boecore plans to add 50 to its staff

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Long before the ice sculpture melted at Boecore’s 10th anniversary party earlier this month, Kathy Boe was already thinking about the next 10 years. “One of the things I really look forward to is growing our corporate headquarters in Colorado Springs,” she said. “I want to grow a company that has jobs for our employees’… Continue Reading Boecore plans to add 50 to its staff

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