Ryan Trujillo envisions a Colorado Springs that provides faster and better city services, economic resilience and a better quality of life through smart technology. He sees a city where interactive kiosks in the downtown core point visitors toward restaurants, shows and amenities; where sensor-capable LED streetlights report to the city...
A 2020 legislative session that lawmakers called “painful,” “unusual and unique” and “frustrating” ended June 15 with some major accomplishments but with the passage of other bills that placed new restrictions and financial impositions on businesses. The legislature opened Jan. 8 and suspended its session March 14 because of the...
At local colleges and universities, faculty, administrators and students have been putting their heads together to plan for reopening. Many of the changes they made during the past semester will carry over into the next school year, but it will be a learning experience for everyone, as schools likely will...
Best Shopping Center 1. The Promenade Shops at Briargate The open-air shopping center on Briargate Parkway in north Colorado Springs features specialty retail stores like Anthropologie, Apple, lululemon and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, as well as restaurants like Ted’s Montana Grill, Panera Bread, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano. According...
Best Nonprofit Organization 1. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Ranked one of the top zoos in the country by several national media outlets, it should be no surprise Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is also voted Best Place to Take Your Family and Tourist Attraction by nearby residents.  “This local recognition means a lot to us...
Best Bank 1. ANB Bank  ANB Bank is committed to making sure its clients are financially savvy — providing financial education for adults and young people as well as tools to figure out mortgage savings, retirement, debt and insurance.  “We don’t exist without our community and our customers,” said Tom Ashley, ANB Bank...
Best HR Firm  1. Pikes Peak Workforce Center Since the days of the Great Depression, workforce centers across the country have helped businesses and job seekers connect.  The Pikes Peak Workforce Center, serving El Paso and Teller counties, still forges ahead with its mission of promoting the economic vitality of the region.  “In...
Colorado hospitals will see a $4.1 billion drop in revenue this year thanks to COVID-19, according to projections from the Colorado Hospital Association. The decline in elective procedures at hospitals statewide has already accounted for about $1.2 billion of that lost income, said Cara Welch, CHA director of communications. Colorado Springs’...
Officials of Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs were working this week to resolve an impasse over reopening of the Mount Manitou Incline.  Manitou Springs City Council voted March 17 to shut down the popular trail amid concerns that continued heavy use of the Incline could present a threat to public...
Every day, Fred Legarda makes detailed logs of interactions and symptom and temperature checks for customers and staff at Self Made Tattoo.  As the shop’s owner, he files it away with his daily paperwork and holds onto it in case the health department requests it. When non-essential businesses were allowed to...
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed day care centers to the edge, with stay-at-home orders, new safety regulations and staff shortages slashing available slots and profits. And as centers are forced to cut capacity and turn away families even as the economy reopens, those ripples are hitting the state’s workforce —...
The isolation and spare time created by the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked new interest in gardening for many in Colorado Springs, flooding local garden centers and nurseries with new customers. And while the surge in sales is a welcome lifeline in a stumbling economy, the gardening spike has brought its...