Stage 4 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge seemed to have an outright positive effect on few vendors along the Aug. 21 race route, but small business folks stand strongly in support of the event that brings international attention to the Pikes Peak region. The Colorado Springs leg exposed scores of local businesses to Pro […]
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Week after week, we hear assurances that important announcements are coming, perhaps soon, in regard to City for Champions. Just a guess, but that probably would not include anything newsworthy in regard to the proposed multipurpose Colorado Sports and Event Center, commonly known as the downtown stadium. In truth, it’s an indoor-outdoor complex adjacent to […]
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As you already might have seen in this issue, Business Journal columnist John Hazlehurst takes the Colorado Springs city government to task for its treatment of nonprofit events seeking Lodgers and Automobile Renters Tax funding. As a direct result of City Council forcing event organizers to provide justification proving economic impact, and making that a […]
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At Magnum Shooting Center, business started not with a whimper… “We had 1,700 paid members before we opened,” said Todd Lockburner, principal and general manager of the region’s Super Wal-Mart of firearms, located just off Northgate Boulevard and Interstate 25. The $7 million, 33,000-square-foot center opened at Polaris Pointe in November with the help of […]
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Almost every human activity has an economic impact. Such impacts might be difficult to analyze, but that hasn’t stopped economic development gurus from putting out numbers. It’s clear that cycling, arts/culture and the military are important drivers of our future economic growth, but another one might beat all three put together. Dogs. Colorado Springs is […]
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For baseball fans in Colorado Springs, the next several years may feel a lot like the bottom of the ninth — a collective clinging to rally caps and hope, but with a pervasive sense that the game might soon be coming to an untimely end. The Colorado Springs Sky Sox have called the city home […]
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The news that the Colorado Balloon Classic will leave Colorado Springs in 2015 for greener (or maybe less bureaucratic) pastures was dismaying, to say the least. A press release from the Classic’s organizers cited “politics within the city, increasingly rigid special event procedures and an onerous 2015 LART [city sponsorship] application” as driving the decision. […]
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The proposed land swap between The Broadmoor hotel and the city of Colorado Springs is the culmination of years of negotiations, discussions and brainstorming between the two parties, as well as other stakeholders. But despite the negotiations, residents surrounding the city-owned parkland are picking sides — and even some open-space groups are undecided if the […]
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Have you seen a movie lately? How about a movie in a theater? The temperature will surely start ticking upward soon, and with the heat comes the summer blockbuster season. At least that’s how it has worked for years. But with increased home-streaming options, the film and television industry, which employs nearly 2 million U.S. […]
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Organizers of the planned U.S. Olympic Museum have unveiled the first conceptual drawings of the building and site in downtown Colorado Springs. Museum officials also announced finalization Thursday of the gift from Nor’wood Development Group, which donated 1.7 acres near the intersection of Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street, directly east of the railroad tracks, […]
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The balloons are back in town. The city of Colorado Springs announced last week that it was in final negotiations with Hot Apple Productions to provide a balloon festival during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7. The new festival, yet to be named, was chosen through a request-for-proposal process to fill a space vacated by the […]
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Ross Hill made his first PictureBooth out of things he could find at a Tennessee Home Depot. “I made it out of plywood. … I bought a jigsaw to put the first one together,” Hill said. “It was really rough looking. Someone painted a white circle around the lens so people knew where to look.” […]
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