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A community center can mean a lot of things to a neighborhood. It can create opportunities for its users and spur economic development. And that’s the objective behind an effort to revitalize the Mission Trace Shopping Center, turning it into a “community hub” in Southeast Colorado Springs, said Benjamin Anderson, executive director of Solid Rock Community […]
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Five and a half years ago, Yemi Mobolade and Russ Ware had an idea for a small business. They wanted to open a café that could serve as a place for creative people, students and professionals to connect and create a unique community. “We asked lots of questions and did our best to avoid all […]
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City leaders are looking to the historic City Auditorium to star in the revitalization of  downtown. But in order to play that role, City Aud, as it’s commonly called, needs major repairs, upgrades and some fresh ideas. The city issued a request for proposals Oct. 3, seeking a company to professionally manage and maintain the […]
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Urban renewal is about taking a place nobody wants to touch, and turning it into somewhere everyone wants to be. When it works, derelict buildings, empty lots and crime-infested streets give way to lively stretches of entertainment, art, shopping, dining and retail. The once-blighted neighborhood loses its stigma but retains a distinctive culture — and […]
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Colorado Springs is enjoying a booming economy right now. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Colorado Springs area’s gross domestic product — an estimate of the value of goods and services produced in a metropolitan area — increased 5 percent in 2017, the biggest gain since 2010. But the rising economic tide […]
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  The shape and scope of Creekwalk — a key piece in the burgeoning development in the South Nevada Urban Renewal Area — has been revealed. The 61,700-square-foot shopping center will sit on approximately 11 acres, stretching from Ramona Avenue south to East Cheyenne Road, bounded by South Nevada Avenue and Cheyenne Creek.   Creekwalk […]
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After a slow start, development in the Commercial Aeronautical Zone surrounding Colorado Springs Airport is poised to take off. There’s particular excitement about the prospect of development at Peak Innovation Park, the 900-acre master-planned business park that occupies the south end of the zone, on both sides of Milton Proby Parkway at the entrance to […]
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In the wake of tragedies such as the Feb. 14 Parkland, Fla., school shooting and the Olympic sexual abuse scandals, numerous organizations are looking within themselves to reaffirm the core values underlying their brands. A wide range of companies, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, L.L. Bean, Walmart and Kroger, halted sales...
Southern Colorado’s first accelerator program launched its initial cohort Jan. 30, boosting novel technologies along with prospects for startups from Colorado and California. Catalyst Accelerator, a defense and national security accelerator based at Catalyst Campus, seeks to advance technologies for the warfighter and guide tech transfer between the government and the commercial market, Catalyst Accelerator […]
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Debbie Balch wanted to expand her home-based marketing research and consulting business but finding the proper office building was a concern. That’s when a discussion with her accountant made the decision an easy one. Turns out the building Balch and her husband, Jeff, were looking at was part of the Enterprise Zone Program, an area […]
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