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When the wildly popular Springs Cupcake Truck parks its operation in a permanent location at 3 E. Bijou St. next week, it could bring new life to a downtown block that has been quickly dying. Cake Crumbs, the Denver bakery that created the Springs Cupcake Truck, which gained local and national attention last year when… Continue Reading Will cupcake truck’s downtown move drive business?

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Local economy strongest in two years

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It’s been a long couple of years since folks in El Paso County have bought houses and new cars. They put it off and saved their money instead. Now, there are signs that people are ready to spend, said Fred Crowley, Southern Colorado Economic Forum senior economist. The El Paso County economy showed its strongest… Continue Reading Local economy strongest in two years

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ITT Exelis wins $160 million Army contract

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ITT Exelis, in Colorado Springs, received a $160 million U.S. Army contract to provide information technology support and IT services to the U.S. Army in Europe, U.S. European Command  and U.S. Africa Command. The operations, maintenance and supply in Europe was awarded by the U.S. Army contracting Command in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and includes the… Continue Reading ITT Exelis wins $160 million Army contract

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Boxing bouts keep hotels busy

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An estimated 700 amateur boxers will be in Colorado Springs at the end of the month for the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships, to take a swing at a chance to compete in the summer Olympics in London. The Feb. 27- March 3 event, dubbed as USA Boxing’s premier event, will draw athletes, their coaches,… Continue Reading Boxing bouts keep hotels busy

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PPACG awards $5 million to widen I-25

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments will provide $5 million in local match money to widen Interstate 25  north. The project will expand I-25 to six lanes between Woodmen road and Interquest Parkway. Of the $5 million, $2.3 million comes from Congestion Mitigation Air Quality money and $2.7 million comes from Surface Transportation Program… Continue Reading PPACG awards $5 million to widen I-25

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Second-hand clothing store to open in Briargate

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Plato’s Closet, a second-hand store that caters to teens and young adults, is slated to open on North Academy Boulevard March 1. That’s when it will open to buy anyway, said franchisee Sharon Hoffstetter. It typically takes Plato’s Closet stores six to eight weeks to build up their inventories before they open to sell the… Continue Reading Second-hand clothing store to open in Briargate

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The Wal-Mart Foundation has awarded a $59,000 grant to Catholic Charities which allowed for the purchase of a new Marian House Community Outreach truck. The truck will have both Catholic Charities and Wal-Mart brands and will deliver food and other needed items to the rural communities in Colorado. They plan to deliver to five food… Continue Reading Grant enables Marion House to take its mission on the road

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The long-awaited Mining Exchange hotel will have a target opening date of April 15 – and the Wydham chain it’s a part of has allowed them to start accepting reservations for group events beginning June 1. “We’re very close,” said catering manager Shelby Pywell. “We’re opening in phases, so the main building with 57 guest… Continue Reading Mining Exchange shooting for April 15 opening, accepting reservations

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Fort Carson opens new training facility

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Fort Carson is opening its new Training Support Center facility this week, according to post officials. The facility will house more than 500 training devices to help soliders conduct and become certified in a wide variety of military skills – including how to provide first aid in a combat situation and how to identify and… Continue Reading Fort Carson opens new training facility

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A new Global Entry Program at the Denver International Airport could bring in more international tourists and boost attendance at large-scale conventions in the Springs. This week officials at the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the expansion of the Global Entry Program, which allows for expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk… Continue Reading Local tourism could get boost from Global Entry Program at DIA

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