TerryJosiah Sharpe enlisted in the U.S. Army six days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Six years and two tours in Iraq later, he was ready for something new. “It was great, but it wasn’t the way that I wanted to help the community. I thought that I...
As director of the Manitou Art Center and head of the Manitou Springs Creative District, Natalie Johnson plays a key role in supporting and promoting the arts as a tool of economic development. She views art not just as something that attracts visitors, but as the essence of the community. Johnson...
As Colorado Springs builds its reputation as a cyber and tech hub, local industry and educators are chasing new ways to train the workforce it demands. The effort was front and center at the 4th Annual Cyber Symposium in the Springs last week, as leaders from education and industry discussed...
Manufacturing in the Pikes Peak region has come a long way since the 1980s, when the semiconductor industry had a moment. Chip and board makers flourished for a time before they were lured overseas. Their departures elicited a lot of hand-wringing and calls for diversification. Today, the Colorado Springs manufacturing sector...
In every other place Ani Trejo Barrington has lived, her hobby of curating vintage clothes has remained just that — a quirky side hustle relegated to Etsy shops and word of mouth. That changed after she moved to Colorado Springs and met Peri Bolts, who invited her to join Eclectic...
Colorado Springs’ greatest resource is not its snowcapped mountains, or its miles of green space, or its favorable climate. So what does keep Olympic City USA ranked among the nation’s most desirable places? Its residents. The Army veteran who started a family in the Springs after retirement. The hundreds of professional...
The Carter Payne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church opened in 1897 as a haven of sorts for people of all creeds, backgrounds and occupations. A century of shifting demographics, population booms and revolving ownership has left the building at Weber Street and Pueblo Avenue surprisingly unchanged. Guests lounge in armchairs,...
The arts community generates more than $153 million in total economic activity in the Pikes Peak region, enriching lives with original, made-in-Colorado-Springs works. It’s a community that Christine Flores has already joined, although she’s still in school. Flores’ drawings in graphite, ink and marker on paper tell stories and illustrate moments...
When Clint Knox sold Spree Racing — the event management company that put on the Big Gay 5K and the Colorado Springs Marathon, among others — he assured his wife he’d wait at least a year before starting another business. Two months later he had the idea for Brainitz, and...
Victoria Selfridge has been instrumental in Ent Credit Union’s growth into the largest financial institution in the Pikes Peak region and sixth-largest in Colorado. Selfridge recently was named Ent’s vice president of new markets and strategy. In that role, she is building a business development team to drive new member...
Six months ago, Michael Suggs surveyed his fellow patrons during a lunch break at Loyal Coffee with his wife. As his eyes moved from the college students half-hidden behind their laptops, to the suit-clad men and women discussing business matters over cups of espresso, Suggs felt a surge of...
When Mayor John Suthers delivered his State of the City address Sept. 12 at The Broadmoor, he devoted several minutes to a discussion of affordable and workforce housing. “Our booming local economy has led to increasing rents and housing costs, making the issue of affordable housing a very real one,”...