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Rent up, no vacancy: Young folks just want to move downtown

As a young, single and freshly transplanted Coloradan, I’m no stranger to the woes of apartment hunting — as well as the dread of paying subsequent rent and utility bills. The Apartment Association of Southern Colorado released earlier this month its third-quarter “Colorado Springs Metro Area Apartment Vacancy and Rent Study,” which noted that our… Continue Reading Rent up, no vacancy: Young folks just want to move downtown

Strategy: Create, plan, protect assets

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Strategy: Create, plan, protect assets

Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rises and falls akin to ocean waves, even occasionally crashing as breakers. The Nasdaq composite index and Dow Jones industrial average do much the same, although stock markets have been remarkably resilient lately, despite political turmoil. One characteristic stays certain — investing in one’s future remains necessary, regardless of market… Continue Reading Strategy: Create, plan, protect assets

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QLI report: Construction continues to climb

Construction and land-use rates in the Pikes Peak region continued to climb gradually in 2012, illuminating signs of slow but increased growth and economic vitality in post-recession years. The 2013 Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region show that, among other things, the health of the built environment in Colorado Springs is steady… Continue Reading QLI report: Construction continues to climb

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QLI report gives diverse views

Every two years, Pikes Peak United Way releases an extensive report: Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region. Area business owners, C-suite officers and nonprofit directors depend on this data for decision-making. With good reason — the report is comprehensive, covering 11 focus areas, using key markers to keep a finger on the… Continue Reading QLI report gives diverse views

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Shedding more light on QLI report and suicide

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I applaud the Colorado Springs Business Journal coverage of the recently released 2011 Quality of Life Indicators report. This is relevant community reporting with important social and economic impacts. I would, however, like to clarify some of the issues addressed in the section of the article on suicide. This is not the first time the… Continue Reading Shedding more light on QLI report and suicide

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Few bright spots include tourism and cost of living Remember 2007? Those were the good ol’ days, according to the Pikes Peak Quality of Life Indicators. Unemployment was low, the city boasted higher-than-average incomes and job growth was steady. But the 2011 Quality of Life Indicators, prepared by the Pikes Peak United Way and released… Continue Reading Quality of Life Indicators paint grim picture of Springs

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Quality of life: Worth work

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By John “JD” Dallager and Susan Saksa Last month, the fourth edition of the Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region was released. This 124-page publication is modeled after community benchmark and report-card initiatives that drive successful community strategies, actions, and accountability in cities and counties across the country. These efforts to develop comprehensive… Continue Reading Quality of life: Worth work

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The Pikes Peak United Way released its fourth annual Quality of Life indicators report today, a 124-page study that offers a snapshot the health of the community. The overall picture is not pretty. In a nutshell, the region’s job growth is not keeping up with the population, wages have dropped, childhood poverty is growing and… Continue Reading Quality of Life Indicators report paints grim picture

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Nonprofits team up for youth literacy project

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A coalition of nonprofit organizations is launching a literacy project targeted at very young children in hopes of raising the county’s third grade reading proficiency levels. The Quality of Life indicator’s Education Vision Council, Alliance for Kids and Pikes Peak United Way created a community-wide effort to coordinate literacy places with local birthing centers, pediatricians,… Continue Reading Nonprofits team up for youth literacy project

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