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Nearly three months ago, I joined a group of business and community leaders on a trip to Washington, D.C., for two days of meetings and sessions with government officials, addressing issues of interest to Colorado Springs. Two weeks ago, I returned to D.C. for an entirely different purpose, this time personal. When adult children are… Continue Reading Look around, and you’ll find ideas for us

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Cimarron Hills named third least expensive suburb in U.S.

Cimarron Hills was named the third least expensive suburb in the United States, according to Movoto, a blog about “the lighter side of real estate.” Located in Colorado Springs, the suburb lies between Powers Boulevard and Marksheffel Drive, bordered also by Colorado Highway 24. Movoto Content Editor Randy Nelson studied the cost of living, food… Continue Reading Cimarron Hills named third least expensive suburb in U.S.

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Those looking to leave college life behind — whether via graduation or frustrated abandonment —  may be interested in parentless places where they can live on the cheap while slaving to repay student loans. Well, now there’s a list for that. Vocativ.com just posted its own Livability Index, which the company calls a “semi-exhaustive, mostly… Continue Reading Springs, Denver grab spots on ‘most livable’ cities list

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As odd-year elections go, the 2013 vote in El Paso County certainly won’t stand out as earthshaking. Or, for that matter, even mildly surprising. Everybody who has been paying the slightest attention had to know the only issue of real interest to the Colorado Springs business community. That was Amendment 66, a sweeping measure that… Continue Reading Don’t look for election’s messages, but …

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Springs listed as No. 4 U.S. military boomtown

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Colorado Springs came in at No. 4 among America’s top 10 military boomtowns, according to a list compiled using U.S. Bureau of Statistics data from 2009 to 2011. The list, compiled by Texas-based tech startup SpareFoot Inc., showed that Colorado Springs has seen average annual population growth of 2.3 percent and an annual per-capita income… Continue Reading Springs listed as No. 4 U.S. military boomtown

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Henry takes leadership role at PTAC

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Henry takes leadership role at PTAC

Gary Henry first came to Colorado Springs as a member of the Air Force. After he retired from military service, he joined the board of directors of the newly created Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Recently, he was named the PTAC’s third director, after Ken Knapp moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to family. In… Continue Reading Henry takes leadership role at PTAC

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Discover Goodwill goes gold with GuideStar

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Discover Goodwill of Southern & Western Colorado has moved up to gold status with GuideStar, a national nonprofit reporting agency. This status places the organization in the top 3 percent of all reported nonprofits, totaling over 43,000. Goodwill’s gold status reflects the organization’s commitment to transparency demonstrated through solid financial management and mission focus, according to… Continue Reading Discover Goodwill goes gold with GuideStar

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Ingenuity challenge finalists chosen

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Five finalists were named in the Ingenuity Challenge grant program through Pikes Peak Community Foundation. The $10,000 grant is earmarked for a project that will positively impact the Pikes Peak region, said Kate Singh, communication & event manager for the foundation. Voting will close on Oct. 22, and the winner will be announced Oct. 24. The… Continue Reading Ingenuity challenge finalists chosen

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Before a packed room in the city administration building Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Steve Bach fired the first salvo as the simmering disagreements over stormwater funding between mayor, City Council, the Board of County Commissioners and the Regional Stormwater Task Force erupted into open warfare. It began with a somewhat muddled “Stormwater Needs Assessment” by CH2M… Continue Reading Mayor unveils ‘October Surprise’

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State tax burden not as low as some think

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Taxes. They’re always too high, never too low. Few of us appear to believe that we pay a fair share of taxes, or that the tax system is structured to reward hard work, penalize sloth and fund only the basic necessities of government. In the famous dictum of Sen. Russell Long, D-Louisiana: “Don’t tax you,… Continue Reading State tax burden not as low as some think

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