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In today’s knowledge and technology-driven economy, companies thinking of relocating are looking for cities with a highly skilled work force.  An essential ingredient, therefore, of economic development of a region is the retention of young professionals. As the economic downturn drags on, we are losing more and more of our talented workers, especially the younger… Continue Reading Commentary: 10 ideas on how to stop our ‘brain drain’

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What do you do when you run out of gas in the middle of the desert? You could be out of luck, especially if you’re out of cell-phone range. With a bit of fortune, a kindly motorist will stop, give you a lift to the next gas station, and you’ll find your way back to… Continue Reading After all these years, still pining for critical mass

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I have argued for what I call “simple rules” for economic development. For the most part, these rules are non-prescriptive, but they do advocate limited actions by public officials. Yet many of us want to do something to promote the economic development of the region. We have pent-up energy and some financial resources to direct… Continue Reading Let’s avoid boom-to-bust strategies

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Wind company under investigation

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Steve Stultz failed to show up for appointments, failed to install equipment properly and failed to make good on contracts, according to complaints filed with the Iowa Attorney General’s office. Stultz, owner of Prevailing Power and Rocky Wind Power, sells wind-power generators for people’s homes. In each of the four complaints received by the attorney… Continue Reading Wind company under investigation

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A dozen Southern Colorado business and tourism organizations have joined forces to create the Southern Colorado Business Partnership. The partnership, which is essentially an expanded, renamed Pikes Peak Regional Business Partnership, is expected to give southern Colorado greater lobbying and business attraction power. The “yellow curtain” dividing Colorado Springs and Pueblo has finally come down, said… Continue Reading Southern Colorado Business Partnership brings down ‘yellow curtain’

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Colo. job creation lags surrounding states

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According to a Denver Post story, Colorado’s efforts to increase incomes and create jobs are losing to the efforts of our neighboring states. Click here to read the story.

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Colorado Springs lacks positive leadership, community collaboration, is rapidly losing young professionals and the local Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights severely handicaps the city’s economic development efforts. That’s the conclusion of the “Operation 60Thirty-five Action Plan” and the “Implementation Matrix” prepared by Angelou Economics of Austin, Texas, at the request of more than a dozen public and… Continue Reading Angelou: City economic development compromised by systemic problems

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Local economic officials are worried about what affect the Army’s decision to drop Pinon Canyon expansion plans could have on the region. Pentagon officials said opposition to the plan prompted the decision to instead use the money to buy 100,000 acres near Fort Polk, La. “It is a concern,” said Mike Kazmierski, CEO of the… Continue Reading What will loss of Pinon Canyon money mean?

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Governor signs job-creation legislation

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Gov. Bill Ritter today signed legislation that he believes will help companies create new jobs, allow Colorado to compete for new businesses and strengthen community college job-training programs to better meet workforce needs of emerging industries. “The two bills I signed today mark a key step toward our long-term vision of creating a modern, knowledge-based… Continue Reading Governor signs job-creation legislation

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Panelists shared many viewpoints but few agreements during a forum Thursday about how to create a vibrant local economy. The forum was part of the third annual Limited Government Week forum. Some panelists gave impassioned arguments for increased incentives, while others said government incentives are not cost-effective and seldom work. One panelist said the key to attracting… Continue Reading Economic forum: long on views, short on solutions

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