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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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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital CEO Steven Schaefer has made some big changes in his two-year tenure. The hospital was losing money and was going to be closed by its parent company before he arrived. Schaefer reorganized matters, a move that included layoffs and, less dramatically but just as effectively, changes to billing. The 43-bed hospital is… Continue Reading Schaefer rehabilitates the bottom line at HealthSouth

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The ongoing fright-show in the commercial and residential real estate markets has some investors returning to the soil. Lucky for them, that might be the best place to start. The booming farmland market in the Midwest has some murmuring about asset price bubbles in states like Iowa and Nebraska. That growth seems to have bled… Continue Reading Real estate investors finding farmlands are cash crops

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Liquor-license law structure misguided

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I’m a proud liquor license holder who enjoys all the benefits and duties associated with the license. I don’t have a grudge or an axe to grind. On the contrary, I find the local authorities to be appropriately concerned and vigilant about what matters most: upholding the letter of the law and ensuring safe drinking… Continue Reading Liquor-license law structure misguided

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Question: How does a lobbyist sleep? Answer: First he lies on one side and then he lies out the other. OK, so everyone knows there’s no shortage of lobbyist jokes out there. And now that a lobbying firm has been hired by a group of locals that includes the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, I… Continue Reading High hopes for Springs’ lobbyist in Washington

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Plans to establish a medical school in Colorado Springs have run into two main stumbling blocks: finding financial support and persuading doctors to spend time teaching would-be physicians. If those two obstacles can be overcome, students could be making clinical rounds in Colorado Springs as early as 2013. They won’t be making the rounds at… Continue Reading Big hurdles for proposed medical school in the Springs

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The incoming administration of Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper is likely to see increased pressure from the oil and gas industry to lift environmental regulations that critics say have hurt the Southern Colorado economy. Continue Reading Colorado oil, gas producers hinge their hopes on Hick

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Carnick and Co., a fee-only financial planning firm based in Colorado Springs, is wrapping up what it says was the best year in the firm’s 35-year history. The company has averaged 16-percent growth each year for the last 10 years. This year, that percentage jumped to 22 percent. Founder and President Craig Carnick said there… Continue Reading Carnick and Co. wraps up best year in 35-year history

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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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