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The Colorado Transportation Commission announced nearly $21 million will be spent on statewide and regional transit projects over the next three years. The funding, provided through the Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery, allows Colorado Springs to replace 34 vanpool vehicles, and maintain Front Range Express commuter buses. El Paso County was awarded… Continue Reading $21 million awarded for statewide transit projects

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El Paso County’s search for a general contractor to remodel office space in Building One at the Corporate Ridge office complex,  he former Intel facility, is over. GE Johnson Construction Co. has been selected to handle the project’s first phase. The $559,000 contract award was approved this week by the El Paso County Board of… Continue Reading GE Johnson awarded county’s Corporate Ridge contract

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A coalition of 15 marijuana dispensary owners and growers and companies associated with the medical industry have filed suit against the El Paso County Commissioners. Claiming that the medical marijuana ballot question placed by the commissioners on the November ballot violates Colorado law, the plaintiffs have asked the court to declare the question illegal on… Continue Reading Marijuana coalition sues over proposed El Paso County ban

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Springs unemployment jumps to 8.8 percent

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Colorado Springs unemployment rates rose to 8.8 percent, higher than the state average and the local level in more than a year. Job growth statewide was down from a year ago, as well – only 1,900 jobs were created in July, significantly lower than the 25,200 jobs created during the same period in 2009. July… Continue Reading Springs unemployment jumps to 8.8 percent

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Another hurdle for Copper Ridge

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The Colorado Springs City Council gave the Copper Ridge project a green light this spring but the proposed 2.8-milion square foot retail project faces what could be a big roadblock before the El Paso County Commission. Developer Gary Erickson plans to ask the commissioners to grant a sales tax waiver for the project, mostly to… Continue Reading Another hurdle for Copper Ridge

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County claims eight national awards

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Eight El Paso County office and programs received eight achievement awards at the 2010 National Association of Counties’ annual conference in Washoe County, Nev. Three of the eight award winners received additional recognition from the judges for demonstrating ‘Best Practices’ based on their innovation, resourcefulness and outreach to residents in difficult economic times. They included:… Continue Reading County claims eight national awards

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Rehab of older county properties in jeopardy

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Some of the numbers behind El Paso County government’s $25 million relocation into the old Intel site are changing — climbing by up to $4 million. El Paso County commissioners learned in June that millions of dollars in unanticipated utilities infrastructure costs would complicate their otherwise solid contract to buy multiple buildings and a parking… Continue Reading Rehab of older county properties in jeopardy

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The El Paso Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Friday opposing a plan to relinquish control of its human services program to the state. The idea was proposed by the Governor’s Child Welfare Action Committee. The BOCC joined 63 other counties in opposition to the moved characterized by Commissioner Wayne Williams as a “takeover” of… Continue Reading County opposes state ‘takeover’ of human services

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El Paso County led the state again this year in child support payment collections with more than $42.2 million for 2009. This was the third consecutive year the county earned the top ranking. Denver ranked second with $40.9 million. The amount collected by El Paso County in 2009 is however slightly lower than the year… Continue Reading El Paso County leads state in child support collections

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The financing package created by the county to fund the purchase of part of the former Intel campus may carry some risks not normally associated with municipal bond issues. The $49.5 million deal will be financed in part by Build America bonds, which were authorized by the Obama administration in 2009. Unlike most municipally issued… Continue Reading Build America bonds draw IRS scrutiny

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