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Southwest Colorado Springs is undergoing a remarkable transformation, and it’s not just the gleaming U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame and the soon-to-be completed Downtown stadium.

Colorado restaurants have been fighting for survival throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and with winter weather fast approaching — vastly reducing outdoor dining — things will likely get worse before they get better.

It’s scary, but businesses that see a sales bump around Halloween are uncertain whether to expect a trick or a treat this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Residents of Southeast Colorado Springs had little or no primary health care access before 2014, when Cory Arcarese founded Value Care Health Clinic. Many people called the area a health care desert.

Amid soaring unemployment and major economic upheavals, those searching for employment are facing many uncertainties. 

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Unable to host groups in confined spaces like galleries, theaters and other performance venues, Colorado Springs arts nonprofits face a conundrum connecting with clients and patrons in a socially distanced world.

The COVID-related shutdown in March and April slammed the brakes on motor vehicle sales. But local dealers are reporting that, since they have reopened, sales have accelerated to the point where some can’t keep up with demand.

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Colorado Springs hotels posted the highest occupancy rates in the nation for the week ending Aug. 15 and the weekend of Aug. 15-16, according to STR, a leading tourism industry data and research firm.

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After businesses in Colorado shut down in late March under a statewide stay-at-home order designed to impede the spread of COVID-19, hotels registered occupancy at just under 17 percent, the lowest rate in decades.

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Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs residents have been experiencing another round of missed trash pickups by GFL Environmental and haven’t been able to communicate with the company.

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The single-family housing market in the Pikes Peak region remains red-hot, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Real estate and economic development experts cite several reasons for this, but mostly they boil down to this: People still want to live here and are continuing to move in. “We have had positive net migration to the Pikes Peak […]

By Regan Foster Darsey Nicklasson has a big vision when it comes to a field in Southeast Colorado Springs. The developer behind two of Downtown’s premier apartment complexes — Blue Dot Place and Casa Mundi — knows she’s taking a leap of faith on the 18.6-acre parcel at 2155 Hancock Expressway, and that some will […]

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Imagine having to tell a bride that she can’t have the big wedding she’s been planning for months. That’s what event venue staff members like Karson Gonzales, audiovisual director at The Pinery at the Hill, are forced to do in view of changing regulations. Event and entertainment venues have been working hard to follow guidelines […]

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By Heidi Beedle On July 22 the Aerospace Corporation announced a planned $100 million expansion to their existing facility at the Colorado Springs Airport’s Peak Innovation Park. The research and development facility is scheduled for completion in spring 2022, and will add 200 technical employees to its workforce, according to a press release. Aerospace Corporation […]

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A panel of local public health and education experts convened Aug. 4 at UCCS’ Ent Center for the Arts to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting education and how public schools and institutes of higher learning plan to safely reopen for the fall semester. Panelists at this El Paso County Educational Community COVID Recovery […]

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On warm summer weekends, hundreds of cars, trucks and RVs line Highway 24 through Woodland Park — on their way to somewhere else. The “city above the clouds” is a drive-thru town, not a destination like Manitou Springs, Mayor Val Carr said. “We don’t have that attractor here,” he said. “Events are the only thing […]

By Pam Zubeck Local and state authorities agreed July 31 to dial back reopening guidelines in response to rising numbers of hospitalizations and positive tests of COVID-19 in El Paso County. The amended guidelines, which went into effect Monday, Aug. 3, are as follows: • The number of people allowed to gather indoors will be […]

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way many companies do business from in-person to virtual meetings. But some services require a hands-on approach. Home health care workers, consultants such as doulas and personal trainers are among the providers who routinely met with their clients in their homes before the pandemic. Some are continuing to do […]

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Problem: Unprecedented disruption to small business has created the need for more authentic customer relationship building to ensure fast, meaningful growth. So, where do you start? A recent U.S. Census Bureau Small Business Pulse Survey of more than 22,000 business owners reported that the majority expect it to take more than six months for them […]

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Neglected community shopping centers in some of Colorado Springs’ oldest neighborhoods are beginning to make a comeback. New businesses are moving into old retail centers in the Patty Jewett and Old North End neighborhoods, with several more coming online in the next few months. In Patty Jewett, TGap Marketplace at 2107 Templeton Gap Road — […]

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By Pam Zubeck It’s impossible to know for sure what impact the federal government’s small business loan program is having on Colorado Springs’ businesses. El Paso County Commissioner Stan VanderWerf, who has helped local businesses survive during the economic downturn, said metrics to determine the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic won’t be available until […]

Mayors of the Pikes Peak region’s small towns are struggling with the state’s COVID-19 directives and relying on regional partners — and each other — to fight the pandemic. Asked at the 2020 Mayors Panel whether local communities have enough power and resources to battle COVID-19, or whether they think too much power resides with […]

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Reopening plans for local school systems are still in development, and educators are pondering how to handle construction classes that require hands-on and close-up student participation. School District 49 is developing several scenarios that will be deployed depending on the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions from state and local authorities. One thing is […]

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The Colorado Springs-area real estate market — one of the hottest in the country — has largely been immune to fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Home sales have remained strong and record low mortgage rates are sparking more demand than ever. “We have not slowed down,” said George Nehme, real estate agent and chair-elect of […]

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Restaurants have been gamely trying various strategies to stay in business and keep employees working. Along with takeout service and curbside pickup, several local eateries have tried to start delivery service using their own personnel. But few have been successful, and most now are using third-party delivery services like DoorDash and Grubhub. Pizza delivery services […]

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By LJ Dawson Disgruntled business owners in northern Colorado Springs will get their chance in court July 30 to shake loose documents that could explain where millions of dollars in current and future bond funding are being spent. The Interquest North Business Improvement District (INBID) board, which oversees commercial development contracted to the Nor’wood Development […]

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It’s a bad summer for Colorado landscaping businesses. Already struggling with severe worker shortages, they’re watching the potential employee pool shrink even further thanks to President Trump’s suspension of H2-B worker visas.  Summer is their busiest season, and despite high unemployment statewide thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, landscaping companies have hundreds of openings they can’t […]