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State and local leaders will meet Nov. 3 in Colorado Springs to discuss jobs. Billed as a “Jobs Renaissance” the goal of the summit is to share concrete ideas on how the state can create new jobs, said Karl Dakin, one of the event organizers and executive director, Sullivan chair for free enterprise at Regis… Continue Reading State and local leaders meet for Jobs Renaissance summit

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Gov. John Hickenlooper released an updated version of the statewide economic development plan created earlier this year to spur Colorado’s economy, help businesses grow and attract new jobs to the state. “Colorado is already seeing the benefits of taking a bottom-up, collaborative approach to economic development,” Hickenlooper said. “Earlier this month, Arrow Electronics announced it… Continue Reading Gov. updates the “bottom-up” economic development plan

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The news headlines might scream that this is the worst economic recovery ever, but one economist said it mirrors past recoveries, and in some areas is even better. “This recovery is falling in line with the last two recoveries,” said Jim Paulsen, Wells Capital Management chief investment strategist. At this rate, he said, the economy… Continue Reading Forum ecnomists at odds about Springs’ recovery

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Colorado Springs as an economic hub is like an awkward-aged adolescent who is not quite a teen-ager and is no longer an adolescent – a “tweener,”  said a national expert who studies why businesses relocate to certain cities or regions. The Springs has a favorable reputation in the national business world with its decent distribution… Continue Reading Forum: Springs needs to ‘grow up’ economically

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City Councilman Tim Leigh has a lot of ideas. Some are wild — like getting Colorado Springs Utilities to build kayaking rapids in Fountain Creek. Some are big — like building a downtown, Olympic-themed sports arena. And some are just plain unconventional — like using money from the lease for Memorial hospital’s assets to pay… Continue Reading Tim Leigh: A visionary or just eccentric?

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Donna Nelson is the city’s new economic vitality specialist, a position that replaces the city’s traditional economic development efforts. Continue Reading City opts for vitality over economic development

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Springs’ lobbyist has little to report

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Business leaders say work is just beginning as lobbyist lays groundwork, eyes money Colorado Springs’ new federal lobbyist has yet to produce any tangible monetary benefits to the city, but the broad coalition of business leaders that hired her aren’t concerned yet. “It takes months and months,” said Stephannie Finley, president of government affairs for the Greater… Continue Reading Springs’ lobbyist has little to report

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Fountain Creek could be a big economic driver for the Pikes Peak region — but it needs some serious work first. Public officials and utilities workers are considering plans to upgrade the creek, which include turning part of it into a recreational draw similar to what Pueblo has done with its Arkansas Riverwalk, which winds… Continue Reading Fountain Creek – Colorado Springs’ riverwalk?

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Chamber gathers insight from OKC trip

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Oklahoma City doesn’t have much in common with Colorado Springs — but that’s exactly why the Chamber of Commerce wanted to pay the city a visit. The chamber and 50 civic and business leaders returned last week from a trip to OKC to measure the city’s success, and to see whether Colorado Springs can duplicate… Continue Reading Chamber gathers insight from OKC trip

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Gov. John Hickenlooper’s “bottom-up” economic plan isn’t rocket science, but local economic development officials are pinning their hopes on the plan’s ability to revive Colorado’s faltering economy. Dwayne Romero, newly appointed executive director of the state’s Office of Economic and Development and International Trade has spent his first months on the job traveling more than… Continue Reading E.D. Chief Romero wrapping up state’s ‘bottom up’ plan

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