Colorado Springs unemployment figures remained unchanged in July, according to preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The area’s unemployment rate is 9.8 percent, higher than the state’s average of 8.3 percent. Colorado’s unemployment rate went up .1 percent in July from  the previous month. The state’s labor department said the increase […]
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It looks like there won’t be an increase to the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax in 2017. During a meeting with business professionals discussing Colorado Springs’ strengths and weaknesses in the tourism industry, Doug Price, CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the city will not include­ the initiative to increase Colorado Springs’ tax […]
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Seven years ago, the phone rang at the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. with an inquiry.
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Creating jobs and increasing business opportunities in southeast Colorado Springs is one goal of a bill that is also designed to reduce crime in the area of the city that seems left behind in the current economic renaissance.
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The Peak Venture Group is returning to its core mission, reaching out to the community and providing resources to local entrepreneurs. Peak Venture was started a business resource organization, providing assistance and aid for start-ups and entrepreneurs in the area. With the departure of Loren Lancaster, one of its long-time members and organizers, the group […]
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Of all the City for Champions proposals in the application for state Regional Tourism Act funding, the UCCS proposal is the only one that will happen with or without state support. The UCCS Sports Medicine and Performance Center is scheduled to be part of the university’s Health, Arts and Wellness Village — and is part […]
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The city of Colorado Springs has embarked upon a two-year, $500,000 process to update its comprehensive plan. Why bother? Isn’t the existing comprehensive plan sufficient to the city’s needs? “Since the plan was last updated, our city’s needs and priorities have changed,” said Planning Director Peter Wysocki last week. “There are concerns about infill development, […]
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At its regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 28, the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority board approved the Copper Ridge Redevelopment Plan on a narrow 5-3 vote. Of the nine active urban renewal projects approved by CSURA, Copper Ridge is easily the most controversial. City Council originally approved the plan in 2010, but deferred action on […]
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When Kum & Go abandoned plans last week to build on the Goodwill parcel in Old Colorado City, it turned planning for the property into a redevelopment race. At least one developer plans to make an offer on the property next week, a second anonymous developer is piecing together a proposal and Goodwill now says […]
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As homeowners start the process of rebuilding houses destroyed or damaged by the Waldo Canyon fire, the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association wants to help. So it is partnering with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, El Paso County and the  City of Colorado Springs to make sure residents have a list of reputable building […]
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In just the past several weeks, two City for Champions projects have reached significant milestones: Officials and community stakeholders broke ground at the site of the planned U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, and the University of Colorado Board of Regents awarded $61.4 million to go toward the William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and […]
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(Editor’s note: Next week, the CSBJ will discuss what the future holds for the Regional Business Alliance.) The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. merged to become the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance early this year. But changes to the organization went deeper than the merger and […]
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