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On a sunny day in late April 1997, several of us media-types visited a dusty building project off south Interstate 25 for our first look inside what would become the Colorado Springs World Arena. The construction superintendent, Dave Ervin of GE Johnson Construction, spent two hours that day sharing endless...
Nine years ago there was a gathering of 75 civic leaders at Phantom Canyon, talking about ideas for a multi-use downtown stadium. In the back of the room, local attorney and native Terry Rector and yours truly talked about bigger ideas — creating a sports, business and convention/event complex, a...
As the new year begins for Colorado Springs, optimism reigns across the shadow of Pikes Peak, and it’s not just based on fantasy. For months, reports have brought wave after wave of positive news about the local and regional economy. From new jobs in construction to real estate deals and...
Each week we come up with a new online poll for the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Our goals are to come up with questions that strike a chord with the local business community and spur a noteworthy response. When the pool of responses is sufficient, the result often is an...
Last week, on a normal Wednesday evening, we drove up Interstate 25 to Denver for a family birthday dinner. Because we were leaving Colorado Springs about 5 p.m., we gave ourselves at least 90 minutes just to reach the restaurant near Park Meadows. Then a strange thing happened. It was like...
Among the many learning experiences during the recent regional leaders trip to Ohio, this one was purely personal. After checking into the downtown Columbus hotel, I wanted to find a local place for a late lunch. Several other early arrivals offered the perfect solution. Go to the North Market, they said,...
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The tiny room had glass walls, a video screen and a headset. A stranger, standing nearby, nodded toward the open door and said simply, “You have to go inside.” Already, the previous hour had been no less than incredible. And now, in that little cubicle, I was...
COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than 40 people from the Colorado Springs and Pueblo business communities came to Ohio’s capital city this week, primed for a strenuous agenda of meetings and presentations on the eighth annual regional leaders trip. Everybody had their antennae up and fully sensitized, hoping to glean plenty...
This story begins on the sunny Friday afternoon of April 29, 1988 — hard to believe we’re two weeks from the 28-year anniversary. That day, a crowd of more than 6,000 happy people flocked to Spurgeon Stadium at Memorial Park for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox’ first “real” home game...
As spring trips go, this one wasn’t meant to be luxurious. Our mission was simple: Fly to Seattle for a five-day visit, help celebrate our grandson’s fourth birthday, enjoy some fresh seafood and scenery, and perhaps along the way observe how one of America’s fastest-growing major cities is dealing...
When you think about all that Pam Shockley-Zalabak has done for Colorado Springs, not to mention the University of Colorado, the first assumption you make is that surely she’s transitioning into a fully earned, late-career downshift mode by now. After all, the remarkable UCCS chancellor, now 71, has spent the...
Every year without fail, no matter which party might be in power or sharing it, the Colorado Legislature sneaks up on us all. Those of us who understand the need to keep up with state politics enter the holiday season realizing it’s time to pay closer attention to what issues...