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Business conditions are gradually improving in the Pikes Peak region, according to the most recent quarterly update from the Southern Colorado Economic Forum. The business conditions index tracked by the forum shows increases every quarter for the past year. “This indicates that the condition of the local economy has shown steady improvement,” the report said. “Additional improvement… Continue Reading Region’s economic condition improving with every quarter

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There are some bright spots in the local economy. That’s the word from Tom Zwirlein, director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, at today’s annual Vectra Bank Economic Forum at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Zwirlein told the crowd of more than 200 people that sales tax, on a nominal basis, was up 6 percent last year… Continue Reading Vectra’s economic forum: Economy still sending mixed signals

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The outlook for local retailers indicates a better holiday season this year than last. Most of the residents in El Paso County who responded to a Southern Colorado Economic Forum survey said they plan to do their holiday shopping in the area. Thirty percent of shoppers intend to make the majority of their purchases at… Continue Reading More shoppers staying in El Paso County this year

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Pent-up consumer demand is one of the things that will help the national economy recover. The debt burden of households is the lowest it’s been in more than 13 years. That’s the word from Gary Schlossberg, senior economist for Wells Capital Management, who was keynote speaker this morning at the 14th annual Southern Colorado Economic… Continue Reading Forum speakers speculate about economic recovery

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Economic Forum matrix: Seek manufacturing

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Recruiters, hoping to lure employers to the region, should pursue the manufacturing sector, instead of, say, sports organizations or nonprofits. Continue Reading Economic Forum matrix: Seek manufacturing

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Forum shows military, nonprofits saved the Springs

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The days are shorter. The leaves are turning, and the Southern Colorado Economic Forum is right around the corner. About 600 community leaders, executives and small-business owners are expected to attend the 13th annual forum at the Antlers Hilton Oct. 1. Many business owners depend on the forum for insight into the coming year, as… Continue Reading Forum shows military, nonprofits saved the Springs

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The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs hosted the 13th annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum today. The forum is presented each fall and offers a comprehensive analysis of the local economy, along with financial forecasts and quality of life indicators. Click here to download this year’s report.

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Here’s a sneak peak of what to expect at the 13th annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum, which is scheduled for 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 30 at the Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Movers, shakers and economists from the region will be part of the panel discussion and townhall meeting. The keynote speaker will… Continue Reading Economic forum provides preview of recession pullout

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Crowley declares recession over

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Mornings are chilly, cherries are already out of season and its dark by 8 p.m. — yes, it’s that time of year again. Time for a sneak preview of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, that is. (If you thought I’d say something cliché about the “crisp feel of autumn in the air,” then you don’t… Continue Reading Crowley declares recession over

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Local economic conditions have hit bottom, and economists believe El Paso County has been through the worst of the recession. “The good news is that the economy is not deteriorating further,” said Fred Crowley, senior economist at the College of Business and Administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and economist for the… Continue Reading Forum report: worst is over for Springs economy

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