Jolie NeSmith, PikeRide executive director, beamed as nearly 30 volunteers worked on assembling 208 bright purple, high-tech bikes May 23. “It’s great to see such wide support from the community to help us launch bike sharing,” NeSmith said. “Bike share is a healthy, active form of transportation, and so many community members and employers have […]
Bibliophiles may dream of opening a bookstore, oenophiles may hope to leave the rat race and start a vineyard on the Western Slope — but art collectors and artists imagine what it would be like to open an art gallery. Imagine your very own gallery. You’d sell your creations, or those of the artists and […]
Software piracy affects the Colorado economy, eliminates local jobs and damages local industries. During 2003, piracy cost the Colorado economy more than 2,100 jobs, more than $122 million in wages and salaries, more than $178 million in retail sales of business software applications and about $29 million in taxes. During 2006, the U.S. software industry lost $7.3 billion as a result of software piracy, an increase of $400 million compared to the previous year.
No matter what jobs Jeff Schneider has held, he’s always gravitated toward numbers. It’s that inclination that landed him a variety of positions in public accounting and banking, and his experience working with large public corporations and small start-up companies provided him with the background necessary to build his own company.
As recently as a year ago, a developer who wanted to complete a project in El Paso County had to hand-carry an application composed of dozens of documents to the county Planning and Community Development Department. Now, using the department’s Electronic Development Application Review Program, developers, builders, commercial and industrial businesses, and other landowners can […]
The first official c-Watch cohort kicks off this week, using sport to help train cybersecurity experts experienced in information-sharing environments. And by July, c-Watch students will be part of a pop-up security operations center for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, doing the cyber threat intelligence work that’s now so critical during high-profile sport events. Why […]
A new website aims to help expand the area’s economic vitality by combining two of Colorado Springs’ core industries — medical care and tourism. “When working to increase visitor impact, we look at three factors: bringing more visitors, enticing them to stay longer and encouraging them to spend more,” said Amy Long, chief innovation officer […]
Healthy employees equal happy employees. “When we have a satisfied staff and higher employee morale, that in turn affects patient satisfaction,” said Erin Heberlein, the manager of the Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Wellness Center. “Hospitals are graded quite frequently on their patient satisfaction.” It’s easy to single out which of the hospital’s departments has unhappy […]
Employer-based health insurance coverage has declined for the sixth year in a row. The Economic Policy Institute reports that about 59 percent of Americans were covered by employer-based insurance last year, nearly 2.3 million fewer than during 2000. The percentage of children covered by employer-based insurance also was 59 percent, but 2.4 million fewer children were covered during 2006 than during 2000, and public health insurance programs no longer offset these losses.
Most people are likely familiar with the frequently touted positive effects of travel on our work performance and personal well-being. It’s travel’s economic power, though, that arguably deserves more attention — especially in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA and the Pikes Peak region. This week, travel industry workers across the country are celebrating the 35th […]
The commercial office real estate market seems to have leveled off after a busy 2007, which means an increase in rental rates. Steve Bach of Bach Real Estate Partners reports that metro office leasing and absorption are both down as of 2007 year end, compared to 2006. The real vacancy rate, in contrast, is closer […]
Representatives from the Colorado BioScience Association and six of the state’s economic development entities marketed Colorado as a desirable medical device manufacturing hub during the 24th annual Medical Device & Manufacturing West Expo last month. More than 16,000 product development professionals attended the industry’s largest event.