<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - business]]> http://gazette.com/rss/business Sat, 21 Oct 2017 15:21:57 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners]]> http://gazette.com/unforgiving-wildfires-affect-vineyard-workers-and-owners/article/feed/503823?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unforgiving-wildfires-affect-vineyard-workers-and-owners/article/feed/503823?custom_click=rss

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety.

As the danger drew closer, grape pickers spread word of the threat and helped neighbors pack their homes. The owner of an elite golf resort abandoned his home to try to save his golf course.

The deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history imperiled both the low-wage workers who harvest the nation's most valuable wine grapes and the wealthy entrepreneurs who employ them.

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]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:49:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Minneapolis approves regulations for short-term rentals]]> http://gazette.com/minneapolis-approves-regulations-for-short-term-rentals/article/feed/503848?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/minneapolis-approves-regulations-for-short-term-rentals/article/feed/503848?custom_click=rss MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis will begin regulating Airbnb and other short-term vacation rentals, a move the city wanted to get done before the 2018 Super Bowl.

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a pair of ordinances requiring those rental hosts to be licensed with the city. The process would allow the city to inspect properties and prohibit rentals.

Individuals looking to rent a home, condominium or apartment where they live will need to get a $46 per year license. The rental fee would be waived if the owner continues to stay in the home while the guest is visiting.

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]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:25:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Building boom takes shape in downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/building-boom-takes-shape-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1613689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/building-boom-takes-shape-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1613689?custom_click=rss

Three construction cranes in downtown Colorado Springs are three more than most people have seen in years.

While cranes might be common in Denver, they signal a reinvigorated downtown for Colorado Springs. About $620 million in downtown projects - including apartments, hotels, offices, restaurants and public improvements - either have been completed in recent years, are underway or are on the drawing board, according to the Downtown Partnership advocacy group.

"It is definitely more development than we've seen in anyone's recent memory," said Laurel Prud'homme, a partnership spokeswoman.

The 13-story Plaza of the Rockies south tower, completed in 2001, was downtown's last high-rise.

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:42:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Should you add a loan to your shopping cart?]]> http://gazette.com/should-you-add-a-loan-to-your-shopping-cart/article/1613690?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/should-you-add-a-loan-to-your-shopping-cart/article/1613690?custom_click=rss

"Will that be cash, credit card or personal loan?"

The next time you shop online, you may be offered a new way to pay - a personal loan with fixed monthly payments. Instead of using cash or plastic at checkout, you would provide some personal information and get a loan in minutes.

Got your eye on a new living room set at Wayfair? Or maybe you're booking your honeymoon on Expedia. Increasingly, shoppers at these sites and others are encountering payment options from third-party lending companies like Affirm, Bread, Klarna and Acima Credit.

Such "point-of-sale" loans appear mostly on websites for big-ticket purchases, like mattresses, furniture, electronics or musical instruments.

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:23:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs area business events starting Oct. 22, 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-business-events-starting-oct.-22-2017/article/1613688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-business-events-starting-oct.-22-2017/article/1613688?custom_click=rss Seminars, networking opportunities and other business-related events in and around Colorado Springs.

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:06:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Governor says change-resistant Indiana should think globally]]> http://gazette.com/governor-says-change-resistant-indiana-should-think-globally/article/feed/503814?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/governor-says-change-resistant-indiana-should-think-globally/article/feed/503814?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Resistance to change is often touted as a virtue in Indiana. But Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state's prosperity relies on rethinking that approach.

Holcomb envisions a state that out-competes other larger commerce centers.

In recent months he has helped land new business, lured a direct flight route to Paris and strengthened the state's economic ties to Japan.

But the Rust Belt state faces many daunting challenges.

Experts say workers are inadequately trained for the jobs that currently exist and quality-of-life improvements are needed to help lure new industry.

But that kind of change often doesn't go over well. Indiana historian James Madison says people who buck the status

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]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:54:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage]]> http://gazette.com/questions-and-answers-on-proposed-ban-on-laptops-in-luggage/article/feed/503802?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/questions-and-answers-on-proposed-ban-on-laptops-in-luggage/article/feed/503802?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — First the U.S. government temporarily banned laptops in the cabins of some airplanes. Now it is looking to ban them from checked luggage on international flights, citing the risk of potentially catastrophic fires.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently recommended that the U.N. agency that sets global aviation standards prohibit passengers from putting laptops and other large personal electronic devices in their checked bags.

The FAA says in a filing with the International Civil Aviation Organization that the lithium-ion batteries in laptops can overheat and create fires.

Some questions and answers about the shifting U.S. policy.

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]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:34:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Medical students in limbo as young immigrant program ends]]> http://gazette.com/medical-students-in-limbo-as-young-immigrant-program-ends/article/feed/503548?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-students-in-limbo-as-young-immigrant-program-ends/article/feed/503548?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — Medical student Alejandra Duran Arreola dreams of becoming an OB-GYN in her home state of Georgia, where there's a shortage of doctors and one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the U.S.

But the 26-year-old Mexican immigrant's goal is now trapped in the debate over a program protecting hundreds of thousands of immigrants like her from deportation. Whether she becomes a doctor depends on whether Congress finds an alternative to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Donald Trump phased out last month.

Arreola, who was brought to the U.S. illegally at age 14, is among about 100 medical students nationwide who are enrolled in DACA, and many have become a powerful voice in the i

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:10:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Kids, screens and parental guilt: Time to loosen up?]]> http://gazette.com/kids-screens-and-parental-guilt-time-to-loosen-up/article/feed/503571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kids-screens-and-parental-guilt-time-to-loosen-up/article/feed/503571?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Parents of small children have long been hearing about the perils of "screen time." And with more screens, and new technologies such as Amazon's Echo speaker, the message is getting louder.

And while plenty of parents are feeling guilty about it, some experts say it might be time to relax a little.

Go ahead and hand your kid a gadget now and then to cook dinner or get some work done. Not all kids can entertain themselves quietly, especially when they are young. Try that, and see how long it takes your toddler to start fishing a banana peel out of the overflowing trash can.

"I know I should limit my kid's screen time a lot, but there is reality," said Dorothy Jean Chang, who works for a tech company in

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:25:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico]]> http://gazette.com/google-parent-turns-on-internet-balloons-in-puerto-rico/article/feed/503709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/google-parent-turns-on-internet-balloons-in-puerto-rico/article/feed/503709?custom_click=rss

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Google's parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.

Two of the search giant's "Project Loon" balloons are already over the country enabling texts, emails and basic web access to AT&T customers with handsets that use its 4G LTE network.

The balloons — called HBAL199 and HBAL237 — are more than 60,000 feet (18,000 meters) above land, according to FlightRadar24.com . They navigate using an algorithm that puts them in the best position to deliver signal by rising and falling to ride wind currents.

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:57:03 -0600 <![CDATA[California judge tosses $417 million award in case claiming Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused cancer]]> http://gazette.com/california-judge-tosses-417-million-award-in-case-claiming-johnson-johnson-baby-powder-caused-cancer/article/feed/503755?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-judge-tosses-417-million-award-in-case-claiming-johnson-johnson-baby-powder-caused-cancer/article/feed/503755?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — California judge tosses $417 million award in case claiming Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused cancer.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:13:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Yellen says Fed's extraordinary policies may be needed again]]> http://gazette.com/yellen-says-feds-extraordinary-policies-may-be-needed-again/article/feed/503729?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yellen-says-feds-extraordinary-policies-may-be-needed-again/article/feed/503729?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday defended the central bank's extraordinary efforts to fight the Great Recession and said they might be needed again.

During the recession, the Fed pushed short-term interest rates to zero. When the economy needed more help, it took the extraordinary step of buying hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of bonds to push long-term interest rates lower.

Now the economy is improving: It grew at a sprightly 3.1 percent annual pace from April through September, and the unemployment rate has tumbled to a 16-year low 4.2 percent.

"The U.S. economy has made great strides," Yellen said in a speech Friday at a gathering of the National Economists Club at the British e

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:00:46 -0600 <![CDATA[FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus]]> http://gazette.com/fda-approves-better-vaccine-against-painful-shingles-virus/article/feed/503723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fda-approves-better-vaccine-against-painful-shingles-virus/article/feed/503723?custom_click=rss

U.S. regulators have approved a new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus.

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said the Food and Drug Administration approved it late Friday. It will be the second shingles vaccine in the U.S. market. Merck launched the first one in 2006.

Studies paid for by Glaxo found it prevents shingles in about 90 percent of people. Merck's is about 50 percent effective.

Both versions are for adults 50 and older. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though, recommends vaccination for those 60 or older, partly because it loses effectiveness over time.

Anyone who's had chickenpox — nearly everyone over 40 — harbors the varicella-zos

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:51:48 -0600 <![CDATA[No distress call after fishing boat with foreign crew wrecks]]> http://gazette.com/no-distress-call-after-fishing-boat-with-foreign-crew-wrecks/article/feed/503614?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-distress-call-after-fishing-boat-with-foreign-crew-wrecks/article/feed/503614?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — A boat that ran aground off Honolulu while transporting foreign fishermen to work in Hawaii's commercial fishing industry has raised new questions about the safety and working conditions for foreign laborers in this unique U.S. fleet.

A long, cramped journey to the United States for a group of fishermen from Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Kiribati ended with a U.S. Coast Guard rescue last week after their fishing vessel smashed into a reef just off Waikiki's shore. No one aboard the boat called for help after the crash.

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:42:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump: Considering Powell and Taylor for Fed's top 2 posts]]> http://gazette.com/trump-considering-powell-and-taylor-for-feds-top-2-posts/article/feed/503695?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-considering-powell-and-taylor-for-feds-top-2-posts/article/feed/503695?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he is considering dual nominations for the Federal Reserve's top two jobs.

Trump may appoint Jerome Powell, a member of the Fed's board, potentially as chairman, and John Taylor, a Stanford University economist, as vice chairman, according to a transcript of an interview with Trump distributed by Fox Business.

Asked about that possibility, Trump said, according to Fox Business: "It is in my thinking, and I have a couple of others things in my thinking but I like talent and they're both very talented people. It's a hard decision."

The interview is to air Sunday.

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:16:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Q&A on the GOP effort to overhaul the nation's tax system]]> http://gazette.com/qa-on-the-gop-effort-to-overhaul-the-nations-tax-system/article/feed/503649?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/qa-on-the-gop-effort-to-overhaul-the-nations-tax-system/article/feed/503649?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divided Republicans in Congress are tackling an ambitious overhaul of the nation's tax system that would deeply cut levies for corporations and double the standard deduction used by most average Americans.

Despite controlling Congress and the White House, Republicans failed to carry out their years-long promise to dismantle and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. They say the nearly $6 trillion tax plan, to bring the first major revamp in three decades, is their once-in-a-generation opportunity. President Donald Trump sets it as his highest legislative priority.

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:49:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Norman Rockwell's 3 sons seek to halt sale of his artworks]]> http://gazette.com/norman-rockwells-3-sons-seek-to-halt-sale-of-his-artworks/article/feed/503678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/norman-rockwells-3-sons-seek-to-halt-sale-of-his-artworks/article/feed/503678?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — Norman Rockwell's three sons were among several people who went to court on Friday seeking to halt a museum's plans to sell 40 works of art, including two by him.

A complaint seeking a temporary restraining order filed in Berkshire Superior Court alleges the board of trustees at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield contracted with Sotheby's for a public auction of the works before it announced its plans publicly, acted in breach of its fiduciary duties and trust and acted without legal authority to sell the art.

The planned sale is against Massachusetts laws establishing the museum, which requires the museum to maintain any gifts it receives "for the people of Berkshire County and the general public," the compla

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:46:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Body of man killed in oil and gas platform blast found]]> http://gazette.com/body-of-man-killed-in-oil-and-gas-platform-blast-found/article/feed/503712?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/body-of-man-killed-in-oil-and-gas-platform-blast-found/article/feed/503712?custom_click=rss KENNER, La. (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a man who was killed during an explosion on an oil and gas platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said a helicopter spotted the body of 44-year-old Timothy Morrison on Friday afternoon. He said the body was on the lake's shoreline, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the platform.

Morrison, of Katy, Texas, was a contract worker on the platform when the explosion happened Sunday in Jefferson Parish waters north of the suburb of Kenner.

Lopinto says investigators are still determining the cause of the blast. The explosion, which rattled homes in Kenner, injured seven platform workers, three critically.

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:24:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado jobless rate rises to 2.5 percent in September]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-jobless-rate-rises-to-2.5-percent-in-september/article/1613635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-jobless-rate-rises-to-2.5-percent-in-september/article/1613635?custom_click=rss

Colorado's unemployment rate rose to 2.5 percent in September from 2.4 percent in August but remained the nations' second-lowest jobless rate, tied with Hawaii, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

The rate rose because the number of people entering the job market last month rose faster than the number finding jobs, boosting the number looking for work by nearly 4,000. The state's unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in September 2016.

North Dakota had the nation's lowest rate at 2.4 percent, while Alaska had the highest at 7.2 percent.

Payrolls across the state expanded by 4,000 in September and are up 41,300 from September 2016, a 1.6 percent annual growth rate. The 8,100 private-sector jobs added in

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:13:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs hotel occupancy falls in September for fourth consecutive month]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-hotel-occupancy-falls-in-september-for-fourth-consecutive-month/article/1613634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-hotel-occupancy-falls-in-september-for-fourth-consecutive-month/article/1613634?custom_click=rss

Hotel occupancy in Colorado Springs fell in September for the fourth consecutive month, the first time since 2009 occupancy has declined that many months in a row. Despite the slight decline, occupancy is up for the first three quarters of the year.

The percentage of occupied rooms fell to 81.1 percent last month from 82 percent in September 2016. Before occupancy began falling in June, the occupancy rate in local hotels had increased from the same month a year earlier in 16 of the previous 17 months. Despite declines in five of the first nine months of the year, the occupancy rate so far this year is up slightly, to 73 percent, from 72.7 percent during the same period last year. Limited-service hotels increased 1.5 percentage

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:12:46 -0600
<![CDATA[One Colorado Springs neighborhood among the nation's hottest housing markets, study says]]> http://gazette.com/one-colorado-springs-neighborhood-among-the-nations-hottest-housing-markets-study-says/article/1613556?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/one-colorado-springs-neighborhood-among-the-nations-hottest-housing-markets-study-says/article/1613556?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs' housing market remains hot, and one of its neighborhoods now ranks among the top 10 in the country.

The 80922 ZIP code that covers a large portion of the Springs' fast-growing northeast side came in at No. 7 in Realtor.com's third annual ranking of hottest ZIP codes nationwide, according to a report released this week.

The area - bounded by Powers and Stetson Hills boulevards, Constitution Avenue and Marksheffel Road - includes thousands of entry-level and move-up homes in the Stetson Hills, Indigo Ranch and Springs Ranch subdivisions.

Area homeowners are a short drive from shopping and entertainment along busy Powers Boulevard and are just south of the expanding St. Francis Medical Center at Powers

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:18:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs charity El Pomar Foundation promotes six executives]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-charity-el-pomar-foundation-promotes-six-executives/article/1613576?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-charity-el-pomar-foundation-promotes-six-executives/article/1613576?custom_click=rss

El Pomar Foundation has promoted Thayer Tutt, Kyle Hybl and four other executives to new posts at the largest charity in southern Colorado, beginning Jan. 1.

Tutt was promoted from president and chief investment officer to vice chairman of the foundation. He retains the chief investment officer title. He has been at El Pomar since 1983. He is the chair of the investment committee for the U.S. Olympic Foundation, and also serves on the investment committee for Colorado College. Tutt also is treasurer for the Air Force Academy Foundation and the Colorado Springs Health Foundation.

Hybl was promoted from chief operating officer and general counsel to president. He retains the chief operating officer title and continues to serve

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:48:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Outsourcing provider plans to triple Colorado Springs workforce to 450]]> http://gazette.com/outsourcing-provider-plans-to-triple-colorado-springs-workforce-to-450/article/1613570?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/outsourcing-provider-plans-to-triple-colorado-springs-workforce-to-450/article/1613570?custom_click=rss

A Bulgaria-based outsourcing firm, Tek-Experts, plans to more than triple its 150-person Colorado Springs workforce as it takes on more work ranging from technical support to software development for corporate clients.

The company has grown rapidly from about 30 employees when it opened its Colorado Springs operation in March 2016 and wants to triple its staff by early 2019 to provide support to sales, software, service and customer relationship management operations of major corporations worldwide, said Debra Herzog, local site manager for Tek-Experts. About 20 full-time openings are now listed on the Tek-Experts website - www.tek-experts.com/careers - with another 20 to 50 to be posted by the end of the month and many more to be

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:48:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Michael Branscum]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-michael-branscum/article/1613569?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-michael-branscum/article/1613569?custom_click=rss

Michael Branscum has joined Catholic Charities of Central Colorado as director of income and relief services. He will manage client services, community outreach and the Life Skills and Career Development Center for Catholic Charities. Branscum previously was a clinician at AspenPointe, specializing in severe and persistent mental illness and substance abuse issues. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Oral Roberts University and a master's degree in education from Northeastern State University. He is a doctoral candidate in organizational development and leadership.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:54:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Vinnie Persichetti]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-vinnie-persichetti/article/1612933?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-vinnie-persichetti/article/1612933?custom_click=rss

Vinnie Persichetti has joined the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC as director of cybersecurity programs. The position was added to work with Pikes Peak Community College to develop a military separation skills inventory and analysis that will be part of a regional cybersecurity strategic plan. The program is funded through a nearly $1 million grant the college received from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment. Persichetti retired as a chief master sergeant after 30 years in the Air Force, including the last 11 years in the Colorado Springs area. His final assignment was as superintendent of the 21st Mission Support Group.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:05:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Gary DeJong]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-gary-dejong/article/1613096?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-movers-shakers-gary-dejong/article/1613096?custom_click=rss

Gary DeJong, president of American Overhead Door in Colorado Springs, has been appointed to the Clopay Door Dealer Advisory Board. The 12-member board advises the Ohio-based garage and commercial door manufacturer on new designs, styles, colors, technical engineering and the future of the door industry.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:57:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs not a bidder for second Amazon headquarters]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-not-a-bidder-for-second-amazon-headquarters/article/1613558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-not-a-bidder-for-second-amazon-headquarters/article/1613558?custom_click=rss

Amazon won't build its second headquarters in Colorado Springs - all eight sites submitted in Colorado's bid to the online shopping giant are in the Denver area.

Colorado Springs was not part of the state's Amazon bid, said Hannah Parsons, chief economic development officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC.

Only communities that met or exceeded Amazon's requirements for a corporate headquarters were part of Colorado's bid, she said. The Springs didn't have an international airport, mass transit connecting to a potential headquarters site and other amenities sought by Amazon, Parsons said.

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:16:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Goodbye Romano's Macaroni Grill? Owner files for bankruptcy protection ]]> http://gazette.com/goodbye-romanos-macaroni-grill-owner-files-for-bankruptcy-protection/article/1613511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/goodbye-romanos-macaroni-grill-owner-files-for-bankruptcy-protection/article/1613511?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — The owner of Romano's Macaroni Grill filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, blaming its falling fortunes on the changing tastes of diners who increasingly don't want to eat at sit-down restaurant chains.

Romano's Macaroni Grill and its rivals have been losing customers to cheaper and faster chains. At the same time, younger customers prefer to dine at non-chain restaurants. Early this week, sit-down chain Ruby Tuesday Inc. agreed to be sold for $146 million and taken private after tweaks to its menu and restaurants failed to boost sales.

Romano's Macaroni Grill's owner Mac Acquisition LLC says its 93 restaurants will remain open. But since the beginning of the year, it has closed

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:14:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Wooing Amazon with sun, fun ... and giant buttons ]]> http://gazette.com/wooing-amazon-with-sun-fun-...-and-giant-buttons/article/1613548?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wooing-amazon-with-sun-fun-...-and-giant-buttons/article/1613548?custom_click=rss

BOSTON — Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon's much-vaunted second headquartersthat they've been brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons.


The Associated Press talked to the leaders of more than 50 cities or metropolitan regions about the different ways they're showcasing themselves to the Seattle e-commerce company. The bids are due Thursday.


It's easy for many metropolitan areas to emphasize their similarities to Seattle. It's a little gutsier for cities to cast themselves as an escape from the rainy Pacific Northwest.

"We have 300 days of sunshine," says

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:47:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Denver submits bid for second Amazon headquarters]]> http://gazette.com/denver-submits-bid-for-second-amazon-headquarters/article/1613512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-submits-bid-for-second-amazon-headquarters/article/1613512?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Denver has submitted its pitch to lure Amazon's proposed second headquarters.

The private Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation says it submitted a regional proposal on Wednesday.

Details of the bid were withheld. Officials with Denver and other cities, counties and entities that put the bid together were required to sign non-disclosure agreements on its contents.

Sam Bailey, vice president of economic development for the economic development group, says the proposal includes as many as eight metro-area locations where Amazon could build its operations.

Seattle-based Amazon is promising $5 billion in investment and as many as 50,000 jobs over the next decade and a half. It's expected to

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:54:19 -0600