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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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Mayor Steve Bach has set an ambitious goal for himself and the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC — to create 18,000 new jobs during the next three years. Continue Reading Mayor Bach sets aggressive jobs goal, but is it possible?

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When Mayor Steve Bach was campaigning last spring, his business-friendly platform included vows to create jobs, streamline the development review process and end the business personal property tax. Continue Reading Bach supporters are many, despite stagnation

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Skinner named city CFO

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Kara Skinner will be the city of Colorado Springs’ new chief financial officer, according to a press release from Mayor Steve Bach’s office. Skinner will be confirmed by City Council at their formal meeting June 12. She was acting as interim finance and budget director, and has been with the city since 2006. The press… Continue Reading Skinner named city CFO

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