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In eight months, Colorado Springs Utilities could have built a new gas-fired power plant. In two years, it would start to see a return on its investment. So why did CSU’s board of directors pick 2035 as the closing date for Drake Power Plant? It’s a short-sighted decision for a...
The issue:  Wages in El Paso County track lower than counterparts across the state and the nation. What we think:  In order to grow their companies, create jobs and help sustain our economic growth, business owners need to increase wages. El  Paso  County businesses are facing a dilemma that comes from a robust...
According to urban theorist Richard Florida, once-aspirational cities such as Seattle, Portland and Denver are yesterday’s news, struggling with their own success. In a recent New York Times op-ed entitled “The Urban Revival Is Over,” Florida argues that big cities have become bizarrely expensive, that infrastructure is decaying, crime is...
After months of discussions and planning, followed by a crescendo of news coverage, six governors released the details behind a bipartisan “blueprint” for health care changes. Acting in response to the federal government’s inability to reach consensus about how to fix rising costs, lack of competition and insurance affordability,...
Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer — and it means more than just the kids going back to school and cooler temperatures. For many Pikes Peak region businesses, it marks the end of their busiest season. Restaurants might see fewer people; the North Pole is looking forward to...
What do our proudly conservative city/county/Colorado Springs School District 11 elected officials want? Mo’ money! On the November ballot, Mayor John Suthers, with the support of a 6-3 supermajority of city council, will ask Colorado Springs voters to approve fee-based funding for a revamped stormwater enterprise. The annual tab? About $17...
If you’re a charitable nonprofit, a state entity, local government or a noncommercial cause-oriented organization, you won’t last long without filling a certain crucial position: grant writer. The city of Colorado Springs is no exception to this rule. Multiple city employees are directly and indirectly involved in the grant writing...
The issue: The city left its stormwater infrastructure unfunded for far too long. What we think: The stormwater fee, expected to raise $17 million annually, is a long-awaited solution to the problem. In recent months, the city has started to tackle a languishing problem that has long plagued Colorado Springs —...
On the morning of Aug. 10, trapped in my Westside neighborhood by street closures associated with the Colorado Classic bike race, I decided to walk the dogs down to Colorado Avenue, mingle with the crowds and watch the racers go by. At 9:45 a.m., Old Colorado City was deserted. No...
When Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne was in high school, women only played half-court basketball, because the conventional wisdom was that they weren’t strong enough to run the full court. Women weren’t permitted to run marathons and they certainly weren’t leading companies. “My dad said I had the choice of three...
In a recent edition of the Colorado Springs Business Journal, John Hazlehurst suggested that Olympic City USA may not be the right brand for Colorado Springs. Really? Colorado Springs has a wonderful, small-town feel, but a heart and spirit as big as any top-tier city. We have Pikes Peak —...
John Hazlehurst is right on target. COS SHOULD have its own brand. We have been piggybacking on others’ accomplishments forever. If not the AFA, it’s the Olympic Training Center. And round and round we go. We have so much more to offer. Why doesn’t someone just look to the west for...