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Inflationary pressures remain elevated, while the overall index for the Mountain States region has slipped. The November Business Conditions survey of supply managers and business leaders for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming shows the overall Business Conditions Index slumped to 56.6 from October’s 63.3 and September’s 64.8. “The Mountain States region will continue to expand even… Continue Reading Mountain States leading economic indicator dips again

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Small and mid-sized businesses in Colorado are fueling the state’s export industry. The Colorado Office of Economic Development reports that 3,837 state companies exported during 2005. Of those, 3,374, or 88 percent, were small and mid-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees. They generated close to one-quarter of Colorado’s total annual exports of merchandise according… Continue Reading Exports sustain small, mid-size Colorado companies

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Lodging group reports increased bookings

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The Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association is reporting that year-to-date 66.4 percent of Colorado hotel rooms have been occupied, compared to 64.6 percent a year ago. The statewide average daily room rate during October was $115.93, compared to $105.72 one year ago. Colorado Springs’ average daily room rate for October hit $86.68, down from August’s… Continue Reading Lodging group reports increased bookings

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Gov. Bill Ritter will give the keynote address during the Colorado Counties, Inc. 100th Annual Conference in Colorado Springs on Tuesday. The conference will be held Nov. 27 and 28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2888 S. Circle Drive. Gov. Ritter is expected to discuss healthcare, transportation and education. On Nov. 28, there will be… Continue Reading Gov. Ritter, Colorado Counties Inc. conference in Springs this week

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All Colorado residents will be required to have insurance – with burdens placed on the insurance industry and employers as well as consumers – under a proposal recommended by the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform. The package is similar to the fifth proposal that the commission developed. Yet the commission chose not to… Continue Reading Plan calls for mandatory health insurance

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John Morse appointed to Joint Budget Committee

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Senate Democrats played a game of musical chairs today, and when the music stopped, Colorado Springs found itself with representation on the Joint Budget Committee. Democrats selected John Morse of Colorado Springs to fill a seat on the JBC. The leadership shakeup follows the resignation of former Senate President Joan Fitzgerald, who resigned two days… Continue Reading John Morse appointed to Joint Budget Committee

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The University of Colorado’s Presidential Search Committee wants to know what Colorado Springs residents think CU’s next president should be like. The committee will hold a meeting to solicit comment at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce office, 2 N. Cascade Ave., suite 110. CU Regent Steve Bosley, who chairs… Continue Reading CU Presidential Search Committee holding town hall meeting

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State recognized for its green policies

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A national report released this week gives Colorado high marks its implementation of environmental standards. The report from America’s Clean Energy assigned gold, silver and bronze stars to each of the 50 states based on five energy related policy areas: having a renewable energy standard, adopting the clean cars program, establishing energy efficiency programs and… Continue Reading State recognized for its green policies

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If the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is replaced, it will still be made from Colorado marble. The tomb has several cracks, which cemetery superintendent John Metzler said eventually will give the tomb a “shabby” appearance. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is aghast over the proposal to junk the Tomb of… Continue Reading Colorado marble to still be used for ‘Unknowns’

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Colorado now nation’s biggest beer producer

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Colorado is known for its majestic mountain ranges, natural beauty, rich history – and now for beer. The state outpaced former first place beer producer California last year when it produced more than 23.3 million barrels or 724.5 million gallons of beer, according to newly released data from the Beer Institute. California now ranks No.… Continue Reading Colorado now nation’s biggest beer producer

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