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Chamber/EDC to merge, look nationally for new leader

The Springs’ Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corp. have agreed to merge – and to embark on a national search for someone to lead the new organization. Board chairmen from both organizations announced today they they will create a unification committee that will develop a  merger plan by Nov. 30.  About 250 people – mostly… Continue Reading Chamber/EDC to merge, look nationally for new leader

Economic development is one of the most important issues in Colorado Springs. With news of the EDC’s Mike Kazmierski departure, what do you think are some of the most important qualities his successor should have? Where will the ideal candidate come from? What kind of professional past should he or she have? Share your thoughts… Continue Reading Who should replace Kazmierski?

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Mike Kazmierski resigned this morning from his position as  president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. His resignation is effective June 30. Board member Debbie Chandler, who is also CEO of Colorado Springs Health Partners, said the decision was voluntary, however board members had been at odds with  Kazmierski about the direction… Continue Reading Kazmierski resigns from EDC

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Colorado Springs economic development officials say Huntsville, Ala., “gets it.” After a four-day visit to the Rocket City last week, officials from the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. say the Springs can learn from Huntsville. “It’s probably the best model city we could ever hope to find,” said David White, EDC executive vice president of… Continue Reading Trip to Huntsville affirms its edge in space jobs race

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We’re a backwater? Not by a long shot

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Our community was recently characterized as a “backwater,” which is defined as “a place regarded as cut off from the mainstream of activity and consequently regarded as quiet or unimportant.” Whether the comment was uttered out of frustration, with no malice or forethought, or if it only referred to our involvement in the world of… Continue Reading We’re a backwater? Not by a long shot

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