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City for Champions could become the spark we need

Why is Mayor Steve Bach’s quarter-billion-dollar plan to revive our economy titled City for Champions, not City of Champions? Simple: “of” was already taken by, among others, Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Detroit and Green Bay. “For” is fine, but it has a tentative flavor to it, implying that we’d be a really great city for champions to… Continue Reading City for Champions could become the spark we need

Mayor Steve Bach has set an ambitious goal for himself and the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC — to create 18,000 new jobs during the next three years. Continue Reading Mayor Bach sets aggressive jobs goal, but is it possible?

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If you think the Chamber will be different following its merger with the EDC, it will. The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, which champions small businesses, is now married to an organization that champions large-scale and manufacturing businesses, the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. And like any marriage, there’s going to be compromise.… Continue Reading Chamber’s marriage to EDC still taking shape

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Raso sends familiar EDC messages

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For nearly an hour over breakfast earlier this week, Joe Raso talked to 200 or so business leaders about the evolving local economic landscape from his perspective as the new president and CEO for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. Throughout the room, movers and shakers from the business community listened intently to Raso’s… Continue Reading Raso sends familiar EDC messages

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Seven years ago, the phone rang at the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. with an inquiry. Continue Reading ‘Business friendly’ environment won over Bal Seal

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Expectations high for new Chamber/EDC CEO

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Joe Raso started his job Monday as the first CEO of the newly merged Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corp. — and he has his work cut out for him. Continue Reading Expectations high for new Chamber/EDC CEO

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Raso readying for Chamber/EDC balancing act

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When a recruiter called with news about an economic development position in Colorado Springs, there seemed to be something interesting … Continue Reading Raso readying for Chamber/EDC balancing act

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An EDC-Chamber unification committee is on track to make final recommendations about the future organization by the end of the month. A “rough draft” of recommendations was sent to the boards of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. earlier this week and the unification committee expected… Continue Reading Chamber/EDC merger: Committee makes recommendations

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An EDC-Chamber unification committee has submitted recommendations about how the merged organization should operate. Continue Reading EDC/Chamber merger committee submits recommendations

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EDC’s job numbers a mystery

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Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. documents tout that the organization has brought more than 19,000 jobs to Colorado Springs during the past decade. But that number isn’t accurate. The EDC keeps two sets of numbers, one that is the number of jobs companies say they expect to create when they move to the city,… Continue Reading EDC’s job numbers a mystery

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