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By itself, a basketball is little more than an inflatable rubber bladder, wrapped in fibers and covered in leather to be bounced, passed, shot or dunked into an 18-inch-diameter hoop. But in the hands of a disadvantaged kid, a basketball can be much more. That was the thought behind Hillside Connection,...
The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is a complex business. It’s highly labor-intensive, requiring as many as 100 musicians to present a grand 19th-century symphony. Its product is transient, literally disappearing into thin air at the moment of performance. It must rent specialized venues and fight for listeners and supporters who have hundreds of other weekend entertainment […]
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Arts and cultural events don’t just make the Pikes Peak region more beautiful and pleasant. They contribute significantly to the region’s economic vitality. “I feel like there’s been a bit of a renaissance in the arts community here over the last five to 10 years,” said Andy Vick, executive director of the Cultural Office of […]
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Last week, Nikolai Tesla’s painted likeness appeared on the side of a Knob Hill building seemingly overnight, a colorful tribute to the neighborhood that once played host to the inventor’s wireless power experimental station. Anywhere else, this act might prompt vandalism investigations by local police. But for the businesses lining each side of the stretch […]
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Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on trade tariffs. Goldman Sachs economists last week warned the Trump administration’s trade war is damaging U.S. economic growth and raising consumer prices, and J.P. Morgan economists estimate the latest round of tariffs will cost American households up to $1,000 per year. At the same […]
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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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By Faith Miller – Colorado Springs Independent Editor’s note: This is the second part in a three-part collaboration with the Business Journal’s sister publication, the Colorado Springs Independent, exploring in depth the region’s affordable housing challenges. It’s impossible to know how many people have been affected by the affordable housing shortage in Colorado Springs — […]
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Changes to the federal tax laws concerning charitable donations don’t seem to be having a big effect on contributions nationwide or in the Pikes Peak region. But that doesn’t mean some nonprofits aren’t feeling it. According to a report by the Association of Fundraising Professionals released Feb. 4, eight in 10 U.S. charities raised the […]
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Incarcerated veterans and other veterans at risk of homelessness are being recruited for a new safety net program — a partnership between Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, El Pomar Foundation, Pikes Peak Community College and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. The Mt. Carmel-led program, Veterans Climb, aims to help participants become self-sufficient by giving them […]
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A dedicated, “boots-on-the-ground” one-year push to improve the lives of the city’s homeless population is already bearing fruit, with 370 low-barrier shelter beds added at Springs Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army. The city of Colorado Springs’ homelessness response action plan — now known as the 2019 Colorado Springs Homelessness Initiative — identified low-barrier shelter […]
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A local nonprofit is hoping a name change will help it appeal to a larger — but still specific — audience. “We want to appeal to a broader group, but we are not trying to attract just everybody,” said John Buckley, board president of Peak Executive Forum, formerly called Middle Market Entrepreneurs. “We are wanting […]
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An initial cohort of 14 business students at Pikes Peak Community College will spend the next two years learning how to make profits while making a difference in the community. The students will take a core curriculum of 30 credit hours plus three electives chosen from recommended courses in complementary fields. Then they will complete […]
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