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Csintyan: Staying in Springs, staying involved

Outgoing Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce CEO Dave Csinytan isn’t planning on leaving town – but he is weighing his opportunities carefully. Csintyan lost his position with the chamber when it merged with the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp., and the group launched a national effort to find a new CEO. Csintyan was a finalist,… Continue Reading Csintyan: Staying in Springs, staying involved

It’s been about a year since lobbyist Elise Pickering was hired for an annual salary of $100,000 to represent the Pikes Peak region in Washington, D.C. Since then, there has been little tangible progress and few federal dollars have made their way to Colorado Springs. But no one seems to be concerned. The public/private consortium… Continue Reading After first year, lobbyist’s work just beginning

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Doug Quimby, a local real estate developer, will head the board of directors of the combined Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC when it gets off the ground Feb. 1. Not only that, Quimby will serve as interim CEO of the new organization until a new CEO can be hired. Quimby was one of… Continue Reading Quimby named chair, interim CEO of combined chamber, EDC

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New board, new name in chamber/EDC merger

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The city’s two main business groups have formalized their plans to unify and named its board members. The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. will become the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, as of Feb. 1. The new board will include: Chris Blees of Biggs Kofford; Frank… Continue Reading New board, new name in chamber/EDC merger

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The Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. will release a “press advisory” tomorrow for a major announcement. The two groups also plan to hold a press conference Tuesday – time and date to be set later – for a major announcement. Original plans for a Friday press conference were… Continue Reading Chamber, EDC to make ‘positive’ announcement next week

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Uncertainty in Washington about the 2012 defense budget — and billions in cuts expected in the next decade — has major defense contractors worried about shrinking contracts and cutting jobs. But smaller businesses in Colorado Springs are cautiously optimistic that smaller contracts might even the playing field. “Smaller companies are more nimble,” said Buddy Gilmore,… Continue Reading Defense budget cuts a bittersweet prospect in Springs

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EDC, chamber merger decision looms

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The city’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corp. are nearing a decision about whether to merge, but no one’s saying what that decision might be. A committee of about eight members from boards both the organizations has met three times in that last month and plans to make a recommendation about what to do… Continue Reading EDC, chamber merger decision looms

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If someone were to break into Lockheed Martin’s vaults, grab millions of plans, load them into a truck and make a getaway, it would be a major crime. But when something like that happens in cyberspace, as it did earlier this week, it makes headlines, but causes few ripples outside the defense industry. That’s about… Continue Reading Cyber clampdown could mean business for Springs

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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Memorial Health System and Kaiser Permanente are each contributing $3,579 to the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce in payment for its wellness program victories. All 20 chamber employees completed a three-month program in which they were screened for diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, body mass index and smoking. They were offered on-site personalized… Continue Reading Chamber staff sheds pounds, gains dollars with wellness program

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I don’t attend a lot of events in my official capacity as city councilman. I hope most of the hosts don’t take it personally. Not an evening or morning or lunch hour would be free if I made it a habit. And the dry cleaning bills would gobble up my fat council paycheck. I probably… Continue Reading Chamber has lost its way with pot position

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