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Council kills fee waiver for downtown developers

Colorado Springs City Council voted down a resolution Tuesday that would have waived fees for downtown residential development in an attempt to support urban infill projects. Councilors voted 5-4 to kill the proposed amendment to a 1973 ordinance pertaining to fees for the creation of new parks and schools throughout the city. The amendment —… Continue Reading Council kills fee waiver for downtown developers

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Ride-sharing not friends with transport companies

Uber Technologies and Lyft, both San Francisco-based giants in the ride-sharing industry, have expanded to Colorado Springs over the past several months. Ride-share businesses allow consumers to hail rides from everyday people who use their personal vehicles in exchange for fares. The connection is made via a smartphone app and the costs rival, and often… Continue Reading Ride-sharing not friends with transport companies

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In & Out Gyros was robbed three times, allegedly by the same person, in just two weeks. It’s hardly in a remote area, with a prominent location at 36 E. Bijou St., but the mom-and-pop Mediterranean deli has had a hard time seeing its place secure. “The cops don’t make me feel very safe, given… Continue Reading Crime still an issue downtown as CSPD moves in

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Have you ever had one of those days when all you could think was, “Gosh, do I need a vacation.” Of course you have, because all work and no play aren’t good for anyone. A vacation doesn’t have to be two weeks on a tropical island, or even a long weekend at the beach. A… Continue Reading Take a vacation from your vocation, because it works

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When hiring employees, what’s your plan?

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It’s no secret that in the business community, companies often experience difficulties finding qualified people to fill open positions. Will the candidate go the extra mile? Will the potential employee stick around or jump ship? Will they be able to perform the specific job needed for my unique brand? Those are many questions managers ask… Continue Reading When hiring employees, what’s your plan?

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Council shows weak side again

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Just when we thought we couldn’t be surprised anymore by certain members of the Colorado Springs City Council, we found out differently in the past week. Already, we had seen and heard enough to suggest in our editorial two weeks ago that City Council no longer should serve as the board of Colorado Springs Utilities.… Continue Reading Council shows weak side again

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A midyear economic report by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business indicates the state continues to outshine expectations for growth in 2014. The report showed, among other things, that Colorado employment was up 3 percent in May compared to May 2013. The Colorado Business Economic Outlook published in December indicated employment would… Continue Reading Midyear report: State’s economy achieving in ’14

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Investing in volatile times can work

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When the stock market is high, poised possibly to fail, and when interest rates are at rock bottom, where does a person invest his or her money? “The stock market is up 180 percent from the March 9, 2009 bottom,” said Certified Financial Planner Jeff Jensen. “They remember when they lost 57 percent of their… Continue Reading Investing in volatile times can work

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Local economy on a slow rebound

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Economic numbers from early 2014 would lead economists to believe there’s another recession in America. Not so, said Fred Crowley, a UCCS professor of economics, economic consultant and well-known authority on the subject.  In the first quarter of the year, the gross domestic product dropped 2.9 percent, an annualized number, Crowley said. “Normally, if you… Continue Reading Local economy on a slow rebound

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Military presence strong; future unclear

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Military presence strong; future unclear

As part of last year’s Budget Control Act, Congress mandated $1.2 trillion in cuts across federal agencies, including $50 billion in Pentagon cuts over the next decade. Despite recent congressional austerity measures and the looming threat and uncertainty surrounding base realignments and closures, or BRAC, the Pikes Peak region’s military sector remains strong, according to… Continue Reading Military presence strong; future unclear

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