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By Lorna Gutierrez A new web-based platform will connect workforce programs at several area school districts and schools with employers. Developed by the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, the UCCS Economic Forum and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, the Workforce Asset Map is designed to inform employers which workforce centers are available throughout the […]
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New opportunities and aid for local veterans, service members and their families are now available, as partnerships and efforts to empower and provide high-quality care to the military community expand in the Pikes Peak region. El Paso County’s 80,000 veterans and 40,000 active duty personnel and their spouses can utilize free financial, legal and behavioral […]
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A few years ago, Kiyontus Allen was moving in the wrong direction — and didn’t know how to stop. Sure, he’d graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson High School on time back in 2013, but he’d floundered ever since,  and lacked motivation and purpose. “After high school, I was kind of a lazy guy,” Allen said. “I […]
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(Editor’s note: This is the last in a two-part series about efforts to fix the workforce skills gap in the United States. The skills gap is the topic covered at the Oct. 23 Southern Colorado Economic Forum at The Broadmoor. Go to southerncoloradoeconomicforum to register. For more coverage, click here.) Private industry is broadening its […]
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(Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series about the issue of transitioning veterans finding jobs in the local economy.) As veteran unemployment remains a national problem, Colorado Springs businesses say a team effort is needed between businesses and military veterans to bridge the gap in understanding how military experiences translate into beneficial civilian […]
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A new U.S. administration. A Colorado minimum wage hike. Facebook posts. Breastfeeding. Marijuana. Those were a few of the topics discussed last week by Michelle Jacobsen, director of the Mountain States Employers Council’s Colorado Springs office. Jacobsen was a guest speaker at an event sponsored by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC to […]
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Aerospace firm Sierra Nevada Corp. announced last week that its subsidiary has chosen Colorado Springs as the site for an $88-million high-end aircraft completions complex, which will create an estimated 2,100 jobs and a $5-billion economic impact. Sierra Completions, a subsidiary of SNC that launched in October, chose the Colorado Aerospace Park at the Colorado […]
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  [su_box title=”Veteran’s Small Business & Why Hire a Vet Conference” box_color=”#005ac3″]Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Hotel Eleganté & Event Center (2886 S. Circle Drive)[/su_box] For Mike Tipton, re-entering the workforce was an intimidating prospect. “When I first got out of the military, I didn’t know what all my options were,” said Tipton, who […]
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With continuing movement of people to Colorado and revenue caps set by the state’s constitution, Colorado will face a budget crisis, said Vectra Bank Colorado President and CEO Bruce Alexander. “If you look at the requirement for a [state] refund and the in-migration, we don’t really have the money to keep the roads up. We do have a […]
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The Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Pikes Peak Community College and UCCS commissioned a skills gap report based on concerns that skills employers needed did not match the experience possessed by workers. The survey covered eight employer industry sectors were identified and more than 1,200 organizations were invited to participate. There were 291 participants. “From the […]
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Employers in Colorado added 4,900 nonfarm payroll jobs from April to May for a total of just more than 2.5 million jobs, according to a news release issued by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Private sector payroll jobs increased 4,400 and government increased 500. According to a survey of households, the unemployment rate increased one-tenth […]
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Goods and services exported from businesses in the Pikes Peak region account for 40 percent of all business and nonprofit revenue in the area, said Tom Binnings, senior partner of Summit Economics LLC. And that’s good news for the local economy. “The economic foundation [of a region] is based on how much you export from […]
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