The initial task for the new president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance will be to rebuild bruised relationships with the business community. Dirk Draper will begin his new job May 1, and he anticipates spending the first three months talking with business owners and “doing a lot of listening” to their […]
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Years have passed since the 2006 inception of the Manitou Springs Urban Renewal Authority, with relatively little to show for its efforts. But according to Mayor Marc Snyder, who also serves on the URA board, those efforts could be picking up as soon as this year. “Unfortunately [the URA’s beginnings] coincided with the Great Recession, […]
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What do coaches say to teams when things seem out of synch, when players are struggling, doing their best but somehow not clicking? The effort may be there, but the results aren’t. “Let the game come to you.” If you’ve ever played a team sport, you’ve heard those words. Your coach sees that you’re not […]
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In 1985, Citizens Goals launched “Project 2000,” a community-based effort to find “creative solutions to the challenges affecting our quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region now and into the future.” The project focused on fears that badly planned and poorly regulated development would degrade the region’s quality of life. While the lengthy draft […]
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Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado will cut the ribbon Saturday, Jan. 24, to commemorate the opening of its newest retail center, located at 15821 Jackson Creek Parkway in Monument, east of the Wal-Mart Supercenter. The 9:45 a.m. ribbon-cutting will include addresses by Discover Goodwill President and CEO Karla Grazier, El Pomar Foundation Vice […]
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A group of nearly 300 top employers across the area plans to add 4,839 jobs over the next three years, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance reported Tuesday in its year-end member investor briefing. Also, the Business Alliance is courting nine unnamed companies that are seriously considering relocation with the potential of bringing a total […]
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Chuck Murphy, who has had a major impact on the Colorado Springs economy as well as historical preservation in the area for a half-century, won an honor Saturday night that recognized his lifetime of efforts and achievements. Murphy was named Business Citizen of the Year for 2014 by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, capping […]
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There’s good news and bad news with the Colorado Springs economy, according to Dr. Tatiana Bailey, the incoming director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, which took place Oct. 10 at the Antlers Hilton. Bailey and her colleague, UCCS professor Tom Zwirlein, spoke to about 500 persons attending the Forum. After 18 years with Zwirlein […]
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The 18th Annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum aimed to address a multitude of economic issues facing the Pikes Peak region. The event, which took place Oct. 10 at the Antlers Hilton, focused on both the current economic health of the region as well as a preview of the year to come. A panel discussion titled […]
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By Tom Binnings Senior Partner at Summit Economics   As an economist who is seriously concerned about the trajectory of our local economy, I was pleased to hear Tom Zwirlein of UCCS advocate for passing the Stormwater 1B initiative at the Southern Colorado Economic Forum last week. While I was greatly enthused with Dr. Zwirlein’s […]
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By Tatiana Bailey Southern Colorado Economic Forum The state of Colorado stands out as one of the superstars in the otherwise prolonged and anemic recovery. Colorado is ranked No. 4 in the nation in the “State Economic Activity Index” from 2012 to April 2014, according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, and is almost tied with […]
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In May 2011, Mike Kazmierski resigned as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation. Kazmierski, a blunt-talking former Army colonel, had been at odds with many of the EDC’s supporters and board members. The Great Recession hadn’t made it any easier to persuade businesses to move to Colorado Springs, and city […]
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