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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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The El Paso County administrator is proposing to fix the county’s building woes in part with a $25 million purchase of two buildings at Corporate Ridge, the former Intel complex. Hundreds of workers would be moved to new space under the plan. No new tax dollars would be required. The Department of Health and Human… Continue Reading County proposes $49.5M fix to gov’t building crisis

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Work on widening Marsheffel Road from Colorado Tech Drive to North Carefree Circle will begin this summer. R.E. Monks Construction has been awarded an $8.1 million contract for the construction. Three other firms have also worked on the project. Wilson and Co. handled design for improvements between Constitution Avenue and North Carefree Circle.  Matrix Design… Continue Reading More Marksheffel improvements this summer

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Foreclosure rates in Colorado Springs increased for the month of March over the same period last year, according to CoreLogic. According to newly released information, the rate of foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans is 1.8 percent for the month of March, an increase of 0.31 percentage points compared to March of 2009 when the rate was… Continue Reading Local foreclosures increase, but less than others

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Goodwill recognizes key partner

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This week a key public-private collaboration was recognized for its assistance in meeting the needs of vulnerable families. The El Paso County Department of Human Services (DHS) was honored by Goodwill Industries this week as a key “Recovery Partner” at the nonprofit organization’s annual dinner. Goodwill Industries is contracted by the Department of Human Services… Continue Reading Goodwill recognizes key partner

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