Colorado Springs came in at No. 4 among America’s top 10 military boomtowns, according to a list compiled using U.S. Bureau of Statistics data from 2009 to 2011. The list, compiled by Texas-based tech startup SpareFoot Inc., showed that Colorado Springs has seen average annual population growth of 2.3 percent and an annual per-capita income […]
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The Department of Labor and Employment is joining forces with several government agencies this month, including community organizations and nonprofits to produce a Military and Veterans Employment Expo. All veterans, particularly those soon to be discharged and those recently separated are encouraged to attend. The Military and Veterans Employment Expo is structured to be several days […]
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Prior to the Pentagon’s official announcement of U.S. Army troop cuts at installations around the country, local and state officials have confirmed that Fort Carson in Colorado Springs will lose 365 of the 23,349 soldiers currently stationed at the mountain post. “Although no one wants any reductions at Fort Carson, just 365 cut out of 23,349 […]
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Transitioning veterans share job-hunting experiences (Editor’s note: This is the second in a series addressing factors, needs and solutions concerning veteran unemployment in Colorado Springs.) Whether service members are medically discharged, leave at the end of their enlistment contract or retire after 20 years, they all face a transition forcing them to find new goals […]
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As part of last year’s Budget Control Act, Congress mandated $1.2 trillion in cuts across federal agencies, including $50 billion in Pentagon cuts over the next decade. Despite recent congressional austerity measures and the looming threat and uncertainty surrounding base realignments and closures, or BRAC, the Pikes Peak region’s military sector remains strong, according to […]
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Military officers possess self-discipline, a relentless demeanor and believe failure’s not an option. Because of that, a Colorado Springs firm has targeted and hired former officers for its sales force. Spectranetics, which sells single-use medical devices to physicians worldwide, recently hired four young veterans to work in sales. “We have identified these junior military officers […]
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Nearly a half-year has passed since two regional Veterans Health Administration clinics consolidated and moved into a gleaming new, single 76,000-square-foot facility. Located just off Fillmore Street on Centennial Boulevard, the U.S. Veterans Affairs-leased clinic provides services annually to more than 17,000 of the 22,000 veterans in Southern Colorado. According to Carolyn Jewell, manager of […]
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According to Lt. Catherine Buckley, public information officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department, it’s the ultimate recycling program. “We’re taking stuff we can actually use,” Buckley said of the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program, which makes available free surplus or unused equipment to state and local governments, including the Colorado Springs Police Department, the […]
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In a time of shifting military operations, breaches in governmental secrecy and federal sequestration, one local defense contractor is working to bolster America’s bottom line. Intecon, a Colorado Springs-based information technology company that provides networks, cyber support and security as well as other related services for the military, has found its niche as a veteran-owned […]
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The Home Front Cares is partnering with GreenPath, a 50-year-old nonprofit credit counseling organization, to provide comprehensive financial counseling, education and money management tools to Colorado veterans and service members. The nonprofit Home Front Cares pays essential life expenses for Colorado veterans and military families in need. As their clients have shifted from primarily active […]
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Brig. Gen. Andy Armacost sees the world as a giant math word problem. The new dean of faculty at the Air Force Academy, Armacost focuses on operations research, using math to solve organizational problems. “Effectively, it’s trying to solve the world’s largest word problem,” he says. It’s an approach he put to good use as […]
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The Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), an effort led by the Department of Veterans Affairs “to promote economic success for veterans in partnership with local communities,” was officially launched in Colorado Springs today at an event hosted by the El Pomar Foundation, according to a news release issued by the VA. Colorado Springs is one of the […]
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