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The National Cybersecurity Center’s new chief operating officer can point to a couple of major turning points in his career — and the most recent persuaded him to leave Texas for the Springs. Jonathan Steenland was principal of chief information security officer services with Zyston, and before that served as CISO at Fujitsu, where he […]
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Mark Soto got homesick, and started a food truck. The whole tale also takes in a long-held dream, a burst of courage and a really successful GoFundMe effort, but the end is the same: Slow Downz Texas Creole Food Cart. A Texas native, Soto has been a fixture in the Colorado Springs culinary scene since […]
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Kandi Buckland discovered a passion for public health 23 years ago in South Dakota. Now, she organizes responses to food-borne illness, disease oubreaks and coordinates restaurant, pool and daycare inspections for the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment. As deputy public health administrator, Buckland is the No. 2 person at the agency — making her responsible for oversight of the department’s various roles and responsibilities.
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Seeing the impact stable, affordable housing can have on a person’s life is what drew Jeff Martinez to development. “It can really change someone’s entire world to know they have a roof over their head,” he said. “When you see firsthand how that changes their lives, it makes you want to be involved with helping […]
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Nine years ago, Alicia Archibald was a Business Journal Rising Star. Now she’s a leading light in the Colorado Springs recycling community. Raised on a farm in Navarro, Texas, Archibald moved to Colorado Springs with her family in December 1989. Archibald, who studied business administration at the University of Phoenix, joined the Clean Air Campaign […]
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Darsey Nicklasson determined that her second development project, the Casa Mundi apartments under construction on South Tejon Street, would have shorter hallways than her first project, the Blue Dot Place. The design decision was highly intentional. “We want people to run into each other,” Nicklasson said. “Neighbors are less likely to talk with one another […]
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By Faith Miller – Colorado Springs Independent As the person on city staff most directly responsible for affordable housing in Colorado Springs, Community Development Division Manager Steve Posey has a lot on his shoulders. But he’s largely optimistic about the city’s affordable housing prospects, despite a predicted shortage of almost 14,000 units for households making […]
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Some of best advice newly elected Mayor Nick Gradisar has received came from the man at the helm in Colorado Springs. “Mayor [John] Suthers told me to make a strong effort to develop that cooperative, collaborative relationship with the city council as this new system of government takes off,” he said. “I think it’s important […]
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When it comes to cultural icons, Christopher Liedel has worked with some of the nation’s heaviest hitters. Today Liedel is CEO of the United States Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame (which is expected to open in spring 2020), but he has also helped build up brands such as National Geographic, where he served as […]
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When Jason DeaBueno was growing up in Colorado Springs in the 1980s, he would take the Silver Key Senior Services bus to the Colorado Springs Senior Center with his great-grandmother. “That was my first introduction to Silver Key,” the organization’s new president and CEO said. “From that time forward, I’ve had the opportunity to be […]
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LaShae Woodard has worked at Ent Credit Union for nearly three decades. The Air Force brat lived in the Springs before her family moved to Guam. Woodard then returned to the Front Range when she was in the ninth grade. “My parents decided during our first assignment here that this is where they wanted to […]
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Dean Williams, who heads Colorado’s Department of Corrections, aims to reduce the state’s high recidivism rate and help Colorado businesses at the same time. Williams took the job in January after meeting with Gov. Jared Polis and has already started implementing reforms. A graduate of Ohio University with a degree in organizational communication, Williams moved […]
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