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We usually try to keep our focus on the local and state economy, realizing that the Colorado Springs business community has abundant sources to keep up with what’s happening at the national level. But occasionally we run across stories that clearly are worth sharing, if only because many local readers might overlook them in the… Continue Reading Good news beneath headlines

Vectra forum messages: mixed news, need for sales tax shift

Vectra Bank Colorado hosted its annual Economic Forecast Update breakfast on Wednesday at The Broadmoor’s International Center. As usual, the forum — which featured economists Richard Wobbekind of the University of Colorado Boulder and Phyllis Resnick of the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University — attracted more than 200 business owners and community leaders.… Continue Reading Vectra forum messages: mixed news, need for sales tax shift

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Local economy gears up to climb

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Once wrecked, then patched up for several years, the economy locally continues to improve, rolling along at a modest pace. Not that the region — or the nation, for that matter — ought to expect robust growth any time soon, if ever. “The new normal” of economic growth, as Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at… Continue Reading Local economy gears up to climb

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So today, “It’s our Nature.” Over the past 10 years, we’ve been “Colorful as Colorado,” been asked to “Advance Colorado” and reminded we’re “In a Place Called Colorado.” What we’re not, apparently, is certain who we are. It’s the prerogative of each governor’s administration to put its own stamp on marketing the state, so this… Continue Reading What’s worse, state’s new logo and slogan, or process?

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The Colorado Springs economy will continue to grow in 2014, but don’t expect anything spectacular. That’s the synopsis from UCCS economist Tom Zwirlein, who presented an analysis about the Pikes Peak region during the 17th annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum on Thursday. “We’re better off than we were a year ago. We’re growing, slowly but… Continue Reading Forum analysis: slow and steady growth

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Think positively. That’s the main message from Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management during the 17th annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum. Consumer confidence in the markets and the economy is growing – and continued growth means that the economy will continue it’s upward swing, he said. “For a long time, the world… Continue Reading Confidence key to continued economic recovery, Paulsen says

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Two generations ago, Jane Jacobs published “Cities and the Wealth of Nations,” amplifying and refining ideas that she had suggested a few years earlier in “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” Jacobs was an urbanist in an era when middle-class Americans shunned cities in favor of the suburbs — the land of low… Continue Reading Perhaps it’s our city’s turn to break down some barriers

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As the year of 2013 began, we were hearing regularly about a potentially huge windfall for the Colorado Springs economy, with an impact substantial enough to change our local governments’ outlook for the future. Just two quarters later, we enter July fully realizing that the supposed promise of an economic boom created by oil and… Continue Reading Drilling aside, what could help city coffers?

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Denver: Colorado’s economic black hole

Should we view Denver as a beneficent economic sun glowing just over the northern horizon, helping to bring jobs, prosperity, tax dollars and big-city amenities to Colorado Springs? Or is it a baleful black hole, its massive gravitational pull sucking in smart young people, startup companies, airline passengers, entertainment and transportation dollars from the Pikes… Continue Reading Denver: Colorado’s economic black hole

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Colorado Springs’ biggest economic drivers come with a serious problem: None of the city’s top three industries actually must be here to be successful. The military, tourism and higher education bring in the most money to the Springs, with the military providing one-third of the city’s $27 billion gross domestic product. “That money all is… Continue Reading Alliance: Springs must diversify economy

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