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Price leads effort to attract tourists

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Price leads effort to attract tourists

Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Doug Price spends his time attracting people to the Pikes Peak region, and that includes managing a staff of 18 employees, 36 volunteers and an annual budget of $3.1 million. Price, 58, and his wife of 31 years, Kathy, have two grown children. Price sat down… Continue Reading Price leads effort to attract tourists

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Let’s learn lessons from Raso’s fate

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When the email arrived last Tuesday afternoon announcing Joe Raso’s resignation as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, it came as no surprise whatsoever. For the past several months, speculation had built that Raso would be leaving soon, until the rumors suddenly rose in volume and specific detail during the last… Continue Reading Let’s learn lessons from Raso’s fate

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Banning Lewis deal might face tough hurdle

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Nor’wood Development Group’s acquisition of the 18,000-acre Banning Lewis Ranch, announced last week, was greeted with cautious optimism by regional open space/conservation advocates. It has been widely assumed that half or more of the total acreage would be set aside as parkland, open space, paleontological reserve with limited public access, and a portion reserved for… Continue Reading Banning Lewis deal might face tough hurdle

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North Pole still has same lure

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North Pole still has same lure

When Santa Claus needs to get away, he vacations in Cascade. That’s been the case since 1956, when the North Pole: Home of Santa’s Workshop, was created by Wesley Spurry. Following the model of a park in Lake Placid, N.Y., Spurry and investors Art Herzberger and George Haggard brought the Christmas-themed concept to the foot… Continue Reading North Pole still has same lure

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Early analysis of the mayoral Final Four field

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When Colorado Springs voters go to the polls to elect a new mayor next April — only about 140 days from now — there will be at least three well-qualified candidates to choose from, four if incumbent Mayor Steve Bach chooses to run for a second four-year term. Bach, Amy Lathen, Mary Lou Makepeace, John… Continue Reading Early analysis of the mayoral Final Four field

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Downtown news may be the true Catalyst

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If you read the Business Journal last week, you saw detailed reporting from Cameron Moix on the latest strong signal that positive changes are in the air for downtown Colorado Springs. The story covered local entrepreneur Kevin O’Neil’s latest aggressive venture — buying the Homburg Center complex of buildings, also known as the restored Atchison,… Continue Reading Downtown news may be the true Catalyst

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Gems help market reviews, testimonials

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To be able to market using your reviews and testimonials, you need to figure out what your Gems are. Gems are the “why people buy” phrases. These are your sound bites, one-liners, selling points. This is the content that hooks a potential customer or client. A Gem is more than a compliment. A testimonial saying… Continue Reading Gems help market reviews, testimonials

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Stormwater vote could be costly

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Rest assured, in numerous meetings and conversations already, those people who put two-plus years into the campaign for stormwater, which became the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority and Ballot Question 1B in the recent election, have been talking about what happens next. They don’t have a lot of answers for how they might have done… Continue Reading Stormwater vote could be costly

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Program tries to raise STEM’s appeal to women

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Program tries to raise STEM’s appeal to women

For years, there has been an ongoing discussion in this country about the state of STEM education and the viable workforce it produces — and why so few women are part of it. According to U.S. Department of Commerce data gathered in 2009, women comprise only 24 percent of the workforce employed in fields of… Continue Reading Program tries to raise STEM’s appeal to women

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Brazos brings woman’s touch to construction

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Brazos brings woman’s touch to construction

Leacia Brilliant hails from Sugarland, Texas, just outside the Houston area, and when she started her Colorado Springs commercial construction company with her father, Wayne Burke, she wanted to make sure she didn’t forget her roots. “We’re Brazos Builders, and that refers to the Brazos River in Texas,” Brilliant said of her company’s name. Brilliant,… Continue Reading Brazos brings woman’s touch to construction

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