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Military presence strong; future unclear

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

Drake: No talk about premature death?

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Recently the Regional Business Alliance hosted a panel discussion on Martin Drake Power Plant’s future. It wasn’t a shock that nobody spoke in depth about available alternatives to coal-powered energy production, but I was genuinely surprised that nearly no attention was paid to the pollution Drake emits onto our 600,000-plus residents, employees, students and visitors.… Continue Reading Drake: No talk about premature death?

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Inside a beautiful building called the Alta Club, which has been around 131 years as Salt Lake City’s version of our El Paso Club, three of the Utah capital’s most prominent leaders took turns talking about how they work so well together. Ralph Becker, the mayor of Salt Lake City, described working to keep smaller… Continue Reading Utah shows how Springs comes up short

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Help determine state water plan

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Help determine state water plan

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Accelerate Colorado and the Colorado Competitive Council will host a business briefing on the governor’s statewide water plan. The goal is to help finalize a new set of statewide business community water policy principles that address the business and economic development of Colorado. The briefing takes place from 8-9:30… Continue Reading Help determine state water plan

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Business Alliance lays out positive plans

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So, you might be wondering, what has the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance done for us lately? From one statistic, which President and CEO Joe Raso smartly chose to lead off his RBA member investor briefing Tuesday, that answer might not be so positive. Raso informed the audience of business leaders that on Dec. 13,… Continue Reading Business Alliance lays out positive plans

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Business Alliance lays out positive plans

So, you might be wondering, what has the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance done for us lately? From one statistic, which President and CEO Joe Raso smartly chose to lead off his RBA member investor briefing Tuesday, that answer might not be so positive. Raso informed the audience of business leaders that on Dec. 13,… Continue Reading Business Alliance lays out positive plans

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Neppl leads new RBA efforts

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Neppl leads new RBA efforts

While growing up on a farm in Iowa, raising cattle, Tom Neppl assumed he’d stay involved in the family business as an adult. But after studying industrial electronics in college, he moved to Colorado Springs in 1985. Neppl, who likes to build and create things, was “driven” to work for himself, so he co-founded Springs… Continue Reading Neppl leads new RBA efforts

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We normally take a serious approach in this space, so keep that in mind. What follows might seem like humor to some, but the message is sincere. Nearly two years have passed since the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce merged with the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. to form the Colorado Springs Regional… Continue Reading Let’s hear Chamber ideas

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Here’s the solution to all — well, almost all — of our economic problems. Let’s get on the phone, call Boeing and stay on the line until we can talk to the CEO. And let’s ask him to build his new jet manufacturing facility here in Colorado Springs. Despite an $8 billion, 20-year retention package… Continue Reading Boeing could be our answer, except that it’s not

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The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance honored Tony Fagnant, CEO of Qualtek Manufacturing, as 2013 Business Citizen of the Year at the Business Alliance annual gala Saturday at The Broadmoor’s International Center. Fagnant and his wife Mary helped launch Blue Star Recyclers, a local nonprofit that provides jobs for disabled adults, while recycling electronics ethically.… Continue Reading Alliance names Fagnant ‘Business Citizen of the Year’

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