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Upbeat outlook has Cripple Creek investing

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Upbeat outlook has Cripple Creek investing

With gambling numbers improving and a pervasive sense of hopefulness, Cripple Creek is beginning to make bigger investments in itself. “I think we’re all cautiously optimistic,” said Maria Cunningham, marketing and events manager for the historic Teller County town. Cripple Creek casino revenue ticked up 0.5 percent year-over-year in 2012, which was a good sign.… Continue Reading Upbeat outlook has Cripple Creek investing

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CVB looks to educate outsiders

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CVB looks to educate outsiders

Tourism is a tough business. There’s no way to determine success, no way to tell whether the message is resonating with the target audience, no way to measure the return on the millions invested in advertising, marketing or other publicity. Tourism experts use a bunch of different messages and a lot of different media, hoping… Continue Reading CVB looks to educate outsiders

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Builder makes most of two tragic situations

Colorado Rock ‘n’ Logs Number of employees: 1 Address: 2700 Robinson St. Mitchell Dillman is combining two tragedies — one professional, one personal — to create a business out of the destruction caused by wildfires. Dillman was a framing contractor who built custom log homes in the mountains, but when the Great Recession hit the… Continue Reading Builder makes most of two tragic situations

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Schools face certain cuts from sequestration

While the defense industry seems to be weathering the sequestration storm, for the city’s educators, the cuts are dramatic and serious. Local Head Start programs were cut by $550,000, which means 142 preschool children won’t have seats next fall. There’s no summer program this year, and low-income parents counting on Head Start will have to… Continue Reading Schools face certain cuts from sequestration

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Revised priority: Springs might not be a clean-tech hub, but industry won’t be ignored

While clean technology was the fastest-growing industry in Colorado over the past five years, it’s not likely to be the linchpin of economic growth in Colorado Springs. And economic leaders say that might be OK. The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance has declared clean tech, which includes renewable energy manufacturing, installation and maintenance, a focus… Continue Reading Revised priority: Springs might not be a clean-tech hub, but industry won’t be ignored

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Utilities’ local rates:  Not bad for electric, but higher for gas

During community discussions about Colorado Springs Utilities, all parties to the debate tend to agree that CSU offers some of the lowest electric and gas rates in Colorado. Such low rates not only benefit residents but also serve to attract and retain businesses of all kinds, particularly job-providing manufacturers. A careful examination of CSU’s gas… Continue Reading Utilities’ local rates: Not bad for electric, but higher for gas

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One on One: Aimee Cox

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One on One: Aimee Cox

Cox takes on new city challenge Aimee Cox knows her way around government jobs in the Pikes Peak region. Cox, who was named this week as Mayor Steve Bach’s new Senior Economic Vitality Specialist for the city of Colorado Springs, has had a long and varied government career. For the past two years she has… Continue Reading One on One: Aimee Cox

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Museums could provide anchor

A fancy baseball stadium could be the major downtown anchor needed to kick revitalization efforts into high gear. But it’s not the only possibility on the drawing board. At the same time the city of Colorado Springs launched a survey to judge community sentiment about moving the Sky Sox minor-league baseball team into a new… Continue Reading Museums could provide anchor

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Springs-area attractions investing in big improvements for tourists

Colorado Springs area attractions and tourist destinations have invested, or plan to invest, almost $134 million in improvements this year. The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau reached out to its members to find out what they had planned. The results provided an impressive list of local attractions planning to invest anywhere from tens of… Continue Reading Springs-area attractions investing in big improvements for tourists

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Marijuana: constant battle for acceptance

At first glance, KC Stark seems an unlikely figure to lead a revolution. A former medical marijuana dispensary owner who now serves as a marijuana consultant, Stark is challenging the Colorado Springs city government’s reticence about recreational marijuana use. He’s opened Studio A64, a members-only cannabis social club, inviting a potential firestorm of criticism from… Continue Reading Marijuana: constant battle for acceptance

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