Broadmoor maintains Five-Diamond designation

The Broadmoor has received the American Automobile Association’s Five-Diamond Award for Excellence for the 29th consecutive year.

According to AAA, the Diamond Ratings represent a combination of the overall quality, the range of facilities and the level of services offered by a property. Eighty-five lodgings and 57 restaurants received the Five Diamond rating, representing only 0.26 percent of the more than 55,000 properties evaluated annually by AAA.

IAL establishes second lab facility in Colorado

Insight Analytical Labs Inc. is opening a second facility in Fort Collins. The 4,500-square-foot lab has more than $10 million of specialized equipment, including two Hitachi FE-Scanning Electron Microscopes and three Focused Ion Beam systems.

IAL has been in business in Colorado Springs since 1993. The company’s expertise is electronic failure analysis, a logical process of deducing the reason electronic components failed.

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Holiday volunteer guide now available

The Volunteer Center of the Pikes Peak Region’s 2004 Holiday Volunteer Opportunity Guide is now available. The Volunteer Guide lists a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that are available for families, individuals and corporations between now and New Year’s Day. In addition to volunteer opportunities, the guide features information about toy, clothing and personal items drives, gift wrapping and delivery of food and gift baskets. The guide is free.

According to Andrea Peltz, Volunteer Coordinator, “We want people to realize that there are a lot of volunteer opportunities available during holidays. We also hope that people will consider getting involved after the holiday season to meet ongoing needs throughout the year.”

To request a copy of the guide, contact the Volunteer Center at 575-4345 or pick a copy up at the center office, 518 N. Nevada.

The Volunteer Center of the Pikes Peak Region is a program of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (formerly Chamber Nonprofit Partnership). The Volunteer Center mobilizes people and resources through partnerships, advocacy and the promotion of volunteerism.

Colorado ranks second in economic freedom study

The Pacific Research Institute has released the “U.S. Economic Freedom Index: 2004 Report,” a ranking of economic freedom in the 50 states. Published in association with Forbes, the index scores states based on more than 100 variables, including regulatory and fiscal obstacles imposed on residents.

Colorado, ranked 14th in 1999, has assumed the lofty spot as the nation’s second most economically free state, followed closely by Virginia. The report shows that between 1996 and 2002, personal income per capita in Colorado increased by 30 percent.

The report confirms that the most economically free states are experiencing population growth, as Americans are moving to states that have the most business- and job-friendly climates. In Colorado, the population grew by over 30 percent between 1990 and 2000.