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Finding our place with incentives

We’re not the only city and state torn by whether, or how much, to join the national game in economic development — offering hefty incentives to would-be major employers dangling thousands of high-paying jobs. If you ask most government leaders in Colorado Springs and at the state Capitol about their philosophy, the answer probably will… Continue Reading Finding our place with incentives

In an effort to spur economic and business activity, Mayor Steve Bach has created a standard set of economic “accommodations” for new and expanding companies, as well as a Commercial Aeronautical Zone for the Colorado Springs Airport. Saying the accommodations – essentially economic incentives – would be available for a “limited time only,” Bach said… Continue Reading Bach introduces business incentives, new aeronautical zone

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Black Hills Energy is asking the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for permission to cut its solar-panel incentive program by about 75 percent. The utility serves Pueblo and 52 towns and cities in southern Colorado. The Rapid City, S.D.-based utility made the request in a renewable-energy plan filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission Black Hills… Continue Reading Black Hills wants to cut solar-panel program

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In recent months, the Colorado Springs City Council has approved tax rebates for Agilent, Atmel, Bal Seal and Wal-Mart. Together, the incentives equal millions in sales-and-use tax rebates for the companies as they consider increasing their local presence. But the city’s never had a strategic, written approach to incentives. Instead, leaders have judged every deal… Continue Reading City might loosen its tight grip on business incentives

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Push on to increase volunteer service

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By John M. Scorsine Many of us who read the Business Journal look for ways to give back to the community. Often times, this need to provide service to others is expressed in our attendance at fundraisers and a multitude of social events within the Colorado Springs community. But, beyond our checkbooks and generous donations,… Continue Reading Push on to increase volunteer service

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