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21st-century forum draws crowd, teaches

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21st-century forum draws crowd, teaches

The next generation of entrepreneurs, investment bankers, scientists and doctors attended the 21st Century Skills Forum on Jan. 10 at UCCS. About 800 high school students from six local districts, including Woodland Park, converged on the campus to hear keynote speaker Kent Fortune, vice president and general manager of USAA’s Springs campus, and attend two… Continue Reading 21st-century forum draws crowd, teaches

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Some years begin with little fanfare or anticipation, just a fresh outlook and a clean plate. But something about the arrival of 2014 feels different. In part, it’s knowing that the year will be automatically eventful, thanks to the scheduled elections in June (party primaries) and November (general). But it’s also based on Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Looking into the crystal ball for 2014

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You don’t have to worry about that,” said former University of Colorado Regent Jerry Rutledge, referring to the proposed UCCS Sports Medicine Center, one of the key components of the City for Champions proposal. “If I know Pam Shockley-Zalabak — and I do! — she’s already got that deal put together, and she’s moving on… Continue Reading Here’s how to make those downtown projects work

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Higher-ed leaders zero in on local needs

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As the Colorado Springs community looks to strengthen its regional economy, local higher education leaders work to align their institutions with progress to create an effective workforce. This is among the topics that will be discussed at the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s final Power Lunch of 2013, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at… Continue Reading Higher-ed leaders zero in on local needs

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Let’s single out the top power brokers

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Let’s single out the top power brokers

Who are the city’s 10 principal power brokers near the end of 2013? Let’s begin by elimination. Position counts, but not as much as you might think. It doesn’t much matter who runs the local office of Wells Fargo or any other national company. Such folks rotate in and out, rarely leaving a lasting legacy.… Continue Reading Let’s single out the top power brokers

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U.S. News ranks UCCS top for veterans

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The editors of U.S. News & World Report consider UCCS among the best Western regional universities for veterans. Earlier this month, UCCS was ranked 13 among public and private universities in the Western United States on U.S. News’ inaugural Colleges for Veterans list. Regis University in Denver, a private university, also made the list. UCCS was the only public… Continue Reading U.S. News ranks UCCS top for veterans

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Ignite II makes case for support of arts

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Ten of Colorado Springs’ most creative minds tried their best Tuesday night to sell the merits of what they do — without actually concentrating on what they do best, which would’ve been simply performing. They shared a different mission this time, making five-minute presentations at the second Ignite Colorado Springs event of 2013, educating 300… Continue Reading Ignite II makes case for support of arts

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Baby Boomers are getting older and retiring. That means that physicians who are Baby Boomers are doing the same. “Nationally, there’s already a [physician] shortage of about 20,000 that’s supposed to grow between now and 2025,” said Dr. Mike Ware, executive vice president of the El Paso County Medical Society. The EPCMS is affiliated with… Continue Reading Physician shortage affects El Paso, Teller counties

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Mayor Steve Bach’s City for Champions proposal didn’t impress Economic and Planning Systems, the third-party analyst hired by the Colorado Economic Development Commission to evaluate the city’s request for state tax increment funding. EPS found that visitor estimates by the city were overly optimistic; financial data was skimpy, insufficient and/or inaccurate; and cost and revenue… Continue Reading Third-party analysis forces City for Champions revisions

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Thirion looks at business world from PPCC role

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Thirion looks at business world from PPCC role

After graduating from Doherty High School, Rod Thirion earned three degrees, worked in a variety of industries and owned a restaurant/bar in Denver. But while teaching his first class — the first night — at Pikes Peak Community College, Thirion knew he’d found his niche. Recently, he took time to tell the Business Journal in… Continue Reading Thirion looks at business world from PPCC role

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