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Let’s pull together more in 2015

As the new year begins, we can see a lot of positives surrounding the Colorado Springs business community. The local economy is holding its own, and we continue to observe many optimistic signs about the months ahead. Two major projects on the east side of downtown, the O’Neil Group’s Catalyst Campus as well as developments… Continue Reading Let’s pull together more in 2015

Marijuana: 2015 issue to watch in business

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Marijuana, its use and its legality in Colorado, will affect all businesses next year, predicted a contingent of area chamber of commerce and business leaders. The chamber leaders spoke before Christmas at a Business Journal event. “We’re all going to have to deal with it sooner or later,” said Terri Hayes, executive director of the… Continue Reading Marijuana: 2015 issue to watch in business

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Overview: Area needs balance

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Overview: Area needs balance

The Pikes Peak region is out of balance. That was the assessment of Al Wenstrand, chief business development officer of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, during the Tri-Lakes Economic Development Corporation’s annual State of the Region luncheon Nov. 20 at Palmer Lake. “Economic development is long-term, so balance is important,” Wenstrand said. “I would… Continue Reading Overview: Area needs balance

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As the U.S. Army assesses how to make inevitable post-war cuts in its budget and numbers, Colorado Springs leaders have decided not to take anything for granted about Fort Carson’s future. With less than a week remaining in a public comment period that’s part of the Army analyzing all of its installations prior to recommending… Continue Reading Business Alliance asks for local show of Fort Carson support

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Poll sends forceful message

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Every week, as regular readers know, the Business Journal submits a question to our audience by way of our website and daily email. We try to make the topics, and the wording, as neutral as possible to attract a legitimate weekly response. Such was the case for our latest simple query: What should be Colorado… Continue Reading Poll sends forceful message

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RBA finds fit for key spot – Wenstrand

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For anyone living in Northwest Florida a little more than a decade ago, the economic circumstances certainly were unusual, even confusing. After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the heavy Air Force presence in that area obviously was pushed to the max. Between the massive Eglin Air Force Base operations and the adjacent Hurlburt Field… Continue Reading RBA finds fit for key spot – Wenstrand

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As this version of the Colorado Springs City Council approaches its one-year anniversary, it may be time for a quick performance assessment. It should be simple enough. At the mischievous suggestion of a prominent local businessman, we’ll use metrics generally accepted in the corporate world — those that the Council majority cited as they quizzed… Continue Reading Council – time for an early ROI assessment

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CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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“It’s been a great week!” said Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Price, reacting to City Council’s decision to sustain Mayor Steve Bach’s veto of a proposed $1.3 million cut in the organization’s budget, following on the heels of the state Economic Development Commission’s support of the City for Champions proposal. Mayor Bach’s… Continue Reading CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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City Council, Broadmoor at odds over funding decisions

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: A majority of the Colorado Springs City Council members are aggressively anti-business. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from Tuesday’s council meeting. Thanks to the Feckless Five (Council President Keith King and Councilors Helen Collins, Don Knight, Joel Miller and Andy Pico), Council stripped away funding… Continue Reading City Council, Broadmoor at odds over funding decisions

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New partnership brings out best in local scene

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Early this year, the first informal conversations about a possible collaboration started among the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center. Sometime around June, those talks began taking on more substance and focus. Tuesday, top staff and board members of the three… Continue Reading New partnership brings out best in local scene

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