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Morrison heads iManitou marketing

As the former Colorado Insurance Commissioner and mayor of Manitou Springs, Marcy Morrison is no stranger to tough jobs, and her current position is no exception. She is the CEO of iManitou, a multifaceted organization that combines the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau and economic development office for the City of Manitou Springs, a tourist… Continue Reading Morrison heads iManitou marketing

Manitou chamber reorganizes, Miller out

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The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce is reorganizing its staff and has laid off COO Roger Miller, effective immediately. Miller’s ouster was announced Friday afternoon by the iManitou board of directors. The down economy, which was further impacted by the Waldo Canyon fire, has left the board struggling financially. Former Manitou Springs Mayor Marcy Morrison… Continue Reading Manitou chamber reorganizes, Miller out

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Manitou’s parking solutions

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A three-story parking garage next to the Stagecoach Inn on the eastern end of Manitou Springs was one of the most popular ideas presented during a meeting about how to solve the city’s parking issues last week. The three-tier parking structure would cost an estimated $4.2 million to construct, would need $340,000 a year in… Continue Reading Manitou’s parking solutions

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Lodging Association votes down LART-increase idea

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The Pikes Peak Lodging Association board of directors has voted unanimously to oppose any increase in the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax, or LART. “We do not believe that the business climate is receptive to any type of increase,” Steve Ducoff, president of the PPLA, said in a press release. “More importantly, an increase in… Continue Reading Lodging Association votes down LART-increase idea

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Retail vacancies scarce in Manitou

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Mountain towns that feature multiple attractions, offer an historic feel and border a mid-size city are hard to find. In short, there are few places like Manitou Springs. Retailers are all too aware of that, and so are their landlords. While shopping center owners in Colorado Springs have cursed their balance sheets over the past… Continue Reading Retail vacancies scarce in Manitou

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Manitou artist on quest for lost painting

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Charles Rockey’s face is as weathered and comfortable as the Manitou Springs studio where he has produced countless paintings of the town over the past 50 years. His artwork has brought him much fame and certainly a bit of fortune. The Canon Avenue studio, which doubles as living quarters and a card shop, has been… Continue Reading Manitou artist on quest for lost painting

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Downed power lines are being blamed for a rash of brush fires in Manitou Springs. More than a half-dozen fires Monday broke out near Barr Trail. Smoke from the blaze caused the cog railway at Pikes Peak to briefly shut down. The fires were under control by mid-afternoon and didn’t threaten any structures. A downed… Continue Reading Manitou Springs brush fires blamed on power lines

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Anyone who’s ever visited Manitou Springs on a sunny weekend knows it can be an art form to find parking. This dilemma has been an ongoing topic of debate and discussion for years. Several years ago, a review by a consultant underscored the need for change. Now that time has arrived. Manitou’s Economic Development Committee… Continue Reading Manitou shifts into high gear to solve parking woes

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The city that created such events as the Emma Crawford coffin races, a Mardi Gras parade and the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff has come up with another event to entice locals and tourists — its very own luau. The idea for “The ManitouAu” was born last year, out of the Manitou Chamber of Commerce’s affection… Continue Reading Manitou goes Polynesian in latest bid to draw crowds

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For several years, Colorado Springs resident Tim Chase had been looking at Manitou Springs, largely a tourism business market, as a potential spot for an enterprise. He just didn’t know what type of business might fit in among the rows and rows of boutiques and restaurants. He has owned several businesses, worked as a business consultant and… Continue Reading Retail roundup: Entrepreneur finds rare Manitou market niche in bike shop

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