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Street posts across downtown Colorado Springs bear a frank message: “Handouts don’t help.” The sentiment is the crux of the HelpCOS campaign, launched in May 2018 by the city of Colorado Springs in partnership with Pikes Peak United Way as part of an ongoing effort to redirect well-intentioned people toward more effective means of helping […]
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Even in the face of mounting student debt and rising tuition costs, a college degree is still worth the price of admission — but that value is not without its caveats, according to a report prepared by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The inaugural “return on investment report,” an annual cost-benefit analysis mandated by […]
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The National Cybersecurity Center and Denver Elections Division have completed a third-party security audit of mobile voting in two Denver municipal elections, showing that votes cast over the blockchain were recorded and tabulated accurately. Since last year, the NCC has been investigating how blockchain can help secure elections, and potentially make widespread mobile voting a […]
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Data breaches cost more than ever, and the fallout lasts even longer than previously thought, IBM has revealed in a new study. Colorado Springs cybersecurity expert Terry Bradley knows this firsthand. “My company, PLEX, worked a ransomware data breach case starting back in February of this year,” he said, “and we will probably be there […]
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Indicators of a coming economic downturn are starting to tick up. Economists are seeing predictors of past slowdowns, such as yield curve inversions — when short-term bond rates rise above long-term yields; weakness in manufacturing; falling prices of key commodities like copper, zinc and lumber; and a decrease in business investment. “The biggest news people […]
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They may sometimes have their differences, but the mayors of seven jurisdictions from Monument to Pueblo agree that many of the issues they face require cooperative, regional solutions. “I’m very aware as the mayor of Colorado Springs that what happens in Colorado Springs, particularly in terms of economic development, impacts our surrounding communities,” Mayor John […]
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When Yemi Mobolade and Russ Ware were looking to open Wild Goose Meeting House six years ago, they learned what many budding entrepreneurs discover: It’s not easy for startups to find financing. “We took money from our 401ks, coupled with money from close family, friends and two people from the community,” Mobolade said. Friends and […]
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Four decades working in the construction industry has solidified Jim Johnson’s opinion when it comes to substance abuse among his employees. “I’ve seen it at all job-site levels,” said Johnson, president and CEO of GE Johnson Construction Co. “Drinking was more what I could see because I obviously wasn’t aware, and still am not very […]
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When even the giants aren’t safe in the cloud, what’s everyone else to do? TD Bank, Ford and Netflix all discovered this month that their data was exposed when card-skimming hacker group Magecart found a way to scan Amazon S3 buckets (public cloud storage that holds data and other backend essentials for companies) and hit […]
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By Pam Zubeck Stacks of shipping containers muffle the drone of a bitcoin mining operation in northwest Colorado Springs, edging the plant closer to compliance with the city’s noise ordinance. But the low and constant hum continues about 350 feet from the Chelsea Glen neighborhood, making residents wonder if they’ll ever recapture the peace and […]
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By J. Adrian Stanley and Pam Zubeck, Colorado Springs Independent  The El Paso County Assessor’s Office announced plans last week to tax short-term rentals, often referred to by the brand name Airbnb, as commercial properties. The change opens a can of worms regarding how those properties are handled by city and county officials, insurance companies […]
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El Paso County is asking business owners to weigh in on a new master plan that will map out the county’s growth for the next 30-50 years. Businesses and citizens will have multiple opportunities to provide input during the planning process, including public meetings and an online survey. The county’s existing plan is a compilation […]
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