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Why is Mayor Steve Bach’s quarter-billion-dollar plan to revive our economy titled City for Champions, not City of Champions? Simple: “of” was already taken by, among others, Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Detroit and Green Bay. “For” is fine, but it has a tentative flavor to it, implying that we’d be a really great city for champions to… Continue Reading City for Champions could become the spark we need

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Across the page from this editorial, you’ll see the results of our weekly online readers poll. We thought it would be appropriate to ask, as the unofficial summer season comes to its end with the Labor Day weekend, how people view the health of the local economy. More than 300 readers responded, a larger sampling… Continue Reading Let’s shake our local pessimism

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It might be a good thing if I were as bad at forecasting disasters as at predicting election results. Only two of my six picks in this year’s City Council election races managed to get elected, but unfortunately I’m batting a thousand on Flood and Fire (no predictions yet regarding the other two horsemen, Famine… Continue Reading Surely the region grasps stormwater message now

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“We can so do this!” said Amanda Miller last Saturday as we waited to start the Copper Triangle, a 78-mile bike ride through the mountains. We’d be riding from Copper Mountain resort up Fremont Pass and down to Leadville on Colorado 91, up U.S. 24 to Tennessee Pass, Battle Mountain and Minturn, then the long… Continue Reading Events, and participation, may be our real future

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For the past few weeks, speculation has been rampant about new flights from the Colorado Springs Airport. Would they renew flights to Orlando? To Phoenix? Would existing carriers expand their flights? The answer came Thursday morning – Alaska Airlines will fly from Colorado Springs to Seattle starting in November. At the announcement, Mayor Steve Bach… Continue Reading Alaska Airlines to fly to Seattle from Springs

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has instituted a new way of helping businesses form and grow that many believe is helping the Springs become the “most business friendly city” in the state. However, the program apparently hasn’t been as successful at creating jobs as the city’s economic vitality office touts. The office says its newly… Continue Reading City adding more jobs, but how fast?

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach announced yet another economic development program on Friday afternoon after most city employees had gone home. The “Spirits in the Springs” initiative is designed to encourage private and public sector employees alike to linger after work and enjoy life at any of the dozens of downtown and Westside bars and… Continue Reading Bach hosts inaugural “Spirits in the Springs” event

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If I were Mayor Steve Bach, I’d be mad, mad, mad! And here’s who I’d be mad at: I’m mad at the media! I have a contentious meeting with a few community leaders who volunteered their time to work on a stormwater task force. After the meeting, all hell breaks loose. It appears that I’ve… Continue Reading What jerks Bach’s chain? Let’s count the ways

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Bach hires CIO

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Mayor Steve Bach has hired a new chief information officer to handle the city’s information technology projects. Joe Palmer will join the city Jan. 21 after final approval from City Council on Jan. 8. His salary will be $128,000. Palmer was most recently chief information officer for Jefferson County, where he oversaw a staff of… Continue Reading Bach hires CIO

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While Mayor Steve Bach won’t talk about his plans for job creation, local economists have ideas of their own. “I’m intrigued by some of the options,” Tom Binnings, partner at Summit Economics, said. “I think the EDC historically has targeted the right industries — the high-tech, high-paying jobs. But maybe there are some ‘sleepers’ we… Continue Reading How to get there: Local economists have ideas for stimulating job growth

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