Rich Laden

Business Reporter

  • Homebuilding rises in March for second consecutive month

    Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Homebuilding might be picking up steam in the Colorado Springs area. In a report released this week, the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department said it issued 235 building permits in March for the construction of single-family homes in El Paso County, a 2.6 percent increase over the...

  • Colorado Springs foreclosure activity continues downward trend

    Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

  • Salzman Real Estate joins forces with ERA Shields

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    One of Colorado Springs' few remaining independent real estate agents has joined one of the city's largest residential brokerages. Harry Salzman's business, Salzman Real Estate Services, merged Wednesday with ERA Shields Real Estate, a brokerage of nearly 100 agents that's a franchise...

  • Owner of Cripple Creek & Victor gold mine considering a sale or partnership

    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The owner of the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining Co., the state's largest gold mine, said Tuesday that it's looking to either sell the business or find a partner. The announcement by South African mining giant AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. confirms what company officials previously had said...

  • Colorado Springs' housing market off and running in 2015

    Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Nearly a year ago, Karen and Iain Bisset planted a for-sale sign in the front yard of their northeast Colorado Springs home, which they purchased in 2007 as an investment/rental property. Their tenant was moving out, the economy had improved and the Bissets decided the time was right...

  • Dirk Draper named new head of Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance on Friday named Dirk Draper - a former board member of the two groups that merged to form the alliance - as its new president and CEO. Draper, an economist and vice president with the Springs office of global engineering firm CH2M Hill...

  • Colorado Springs sales tax collection dip for the first time since last year

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Colorado Springs city sales tax collections dipped in February, ending a nine-month streak of revenue gains. The city netted $9.1 million in sales tax revenue last month, a 2.2 percent decline when compared with the same month a year earlier, according to a report released Thursday...

  • Woodland Park man permanently banned from offering or selling securities

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    A Woodland Park man who violated a temporary court order to stop offering or selling securities has been permanently barred from working in the industry, the Colorado Division of Securities said this week. Richard Roop agreed to the ban as part of a settlement reached with the...

  • Forbes ranks Colorado Springs as one of the nation's most affordable cities

    Updated: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Maybe it doesn't always seem like it when you pay the mortgage, fill up the gas tank or shop for groceries, but Colorado Springs is one of the nation's most affordable metropolitan areas in which to live, according to Forbes magazine. Colorado Springs ranked 11th in Forbes' 2015...

  • Colorado Springs should spend more - and hike taxes - to promote tourism, study says

    Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    The Pikes Peak region spends too little to woo visitors to its hotels and attractions and should consider increasing its lodging tax, taxing attractions and creating a three-county, tax-supported marketing district to generate more money for tourism promotion, according to a...

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