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Colarelli sees golf course as urban renewal oasis

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Vince Colarelli is the president and CEO of Colarelli Construction. He recently submitted an ambitious plan to the Urban Renewal Authority that would transform a 105-acre former golf course and vineyard into a $1 billion data center business park. The best part: if the project is approved, the data centers would receive electricity from an… Continue Reading Colarelli sees golf course as urban renewal oasis

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Ski resorts across the state are beginning to open for the season, and early snowfall in the mountains has those in the winter sports industry poised for a better-than-average year. Last year, despite a sputtering economy, the ski industry nationwide posted its second-best year on record, with 59.8 million skier and snowboarder visits. Colorado was… Continue Reading Early snowfall, resort upgrades stoking ski industry optimism

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I’m 32 and so a long way from needing to think about moving to a senior-living community. So when Judy Marczewski, the chief financial officer for Leisure Care Retirement Communities, asked me whether I had been to her Mackenzie Place Union facility in Colorado Springs, I didn’t really know how to respond. Marczweski, as it… Continue Reading $60 million financing will stabilize senior-living center

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The Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center at Schriever Air Force Base isn’t going anywhere. That’s the word received by Sen. Mark Udall’s office after Udall, Rep. Doug Lamborn and Rep. John Salazar sent letters to the Department of Defense to keep the post in Colorado. Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly had indicated he would like… Continue Reading Missile Defense Integration Center staying at Schriever

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As I reported on csbj.com last week, the credit union associations of Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming have signed a letter of intent to merge. The point of the union is, as you might imagine, yet another sign of the times — figuring out how to run lean and efficiently. On the other hand, a merger… Continue Reading Credit union associations join forces to cut overhead

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People on the Move – November 19, 2010

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Bill Hodgkins is the new chairman of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Mike Jorgensen of Red Noland Cadillac is the board’s chair-elect, and Chris Blees of BiggsKofford P.C. has been is board’s secretary and treasurer. Vikki Biernacki is the new office manager for the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a… Continue Reading People on the Move – November 19, 2010

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A Thanksgiving thanks to battered businesses

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What do you have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving? It might sound trite, but God, family, country, and work top my “to be thankful for” list. But given the state of the economy over the past three years, that last one — work — might not be on this year’s Thanksgiving menu for millions… Continue Reading A Thanksgiving thanks to battered businesses

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A recent Deloitte report on the economic impact of the U.S. Olympic Committee on the Pikes Peak region included some impressive and well-publicized figures. According to the study, the USOC and 22 National Governing Bodies located in Colorado Springs account for 2,158 jobs, $215 million in yearly spending and earnings, brought 111,000 tourists to the… Continue Reading USOC branding potential for city ‘largely untapped’

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John Hickenlooper is about to take the helm as governor of Colorado, and it’s no secret he’s got work cut out for him. The outgoing administration was forced to cut $4.4 billion from the state budget, cuts that left gaping holes in education, transportation and economic-development funding. Businesses around the state have felt the sting.… Continue Reading Creating jobs will be Hickenlooper’s biggest job

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For those of us who delight in the political theater of the absurd, Nov. 2 was an unmitigated delight. Dan Maes! Tom Tancredo! The Ugly Three! Dick “it’s not my fault” Wadhams! Strong Mayor to be named later! And most of all, the bamboozled voters of El Paso County, who loosened term limits when they… Continue Reading To feel better about local government, lower their pay

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