Three-and-a-half years after former Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach submitted the city’s application for state tax increment financing for the City for Champions proposal, one key component of the proposal is virtually dead. “It’s very unlikely that the downtown sports and events center can be built without public funding,” said Mayor John Suthers. “I don’t […]
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The issue: Small businesses provide jobs, economic development and a sense of place in the community. What we think: Honor small businesses more than just once a year — make a point to shop local whenever possible. Tell us what you think: Send us an email at editorial@csbj.com. Owning a small business is risky — […]
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“Our taste in architecture runs too much to the bizarre and picturesque,” wrote Colorado Springs resident Dr. Samuel Le Nord Caldwell in a letter deposited in Colorado College’s century chest in 1900. “Towers, verandas and gables too often appear as excrescences rather than parts of a harmonious design, but our standard of taste in artistic […]
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By some estimates, Colorado’s infrastructure deficit is increasing at the rate of $1 billion annually, and will continue to do so unless local, state and national governments can work together to successfully find new funding sources. Although there are many theoretically feasible solutions, all have drawbacks. New funding from state and local governments will require […]
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When the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center opened the innovative John Gaw Meem building in 1936, it was the culmination of one extraordinary woman’s vision. Alice Bemis Taylor, aided by friends Julie Penrose and Elizabeth Sage Hare, conceived and largely funded the FAC. It was an extraordinary gift to a sleepy little tourist town of […]
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In a peer-reviewed study released this week by Environmental Science and Technology, four prominent scientists (including Christopher Higgins of the Colorado School of Mines) call for strict regulation and a possible worldwide ban of an entire class of fluorinated chemicals related to those that contaminated wells and drinking water systems in Fountain Valley. The contamination […]
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The Art and Facts of Business, a delightful exhibition that opened last week at the Pioneers Museum, brings vivid life to the vanished enterprises that once graced Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. There’s a glowing illuminated sign from the Burns Theater, a saddled, full-size plaster horse that once stood before Bingo’s Saddle Shop […]
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The 83-page Southwest Downtown Concept Plan, unveiled to Colorado Springs City Council during its July 24 work session, is long on gauzy renderings, optimistic financial projections and enthusiastic proponents. It’s short on private-sector commitments, and its estimates of job creation, new construction and increased tax revenues don’t include any supporting data. The plan’s 20-year projections […]
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Sometime this summer, the Colorado Springs City Council, acting as the Utility Board, will begin the process of deciding what to do about Rosemont Reservoir, an impoundment that supplies irrigation water to The Broadmoor hotel. As the Business Journal reported last July, Colorado Springs Utilities had been engaged in periodic negotiations with The Broadmoor, which […]
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Dutch Bros. Coffee staffs its locations with employees who have good energy and a passion for people. For a lot of young workers, drive-thru coffee shops are their introduction to the workforce. “Dutch Bros. is often a first job for many people,” said Angi Veek, a company spokesperson, via email. “The younger generation fuels our […]
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At 7 a.m. on a bright, sunshiny Monday, more than 100 civic leaders boarded Gray Line buses and headed for the summit of Pikes Peak to witness the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex. It was a slow trip, as the buses labored up almost 8,000 feet of altitude gain, carefully negotiating […]
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Some teenagers aspire to be the next Aaron Rodgers or Kim Kardashian. However, others set their sights on becoming more like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. “My dad was an entrepreneur and my uncle is, so I have a lot of entrepreneurship in my family,” said Adrian Dixon, a junior at Launch High School. “A […]
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