February 18, 2013
"Local home sales post best year since 2007"
"New vehicle registrations hit 5-year high in county"
"Woodland Park awakens from development slumber"
"Colorado restaurants poised for strong 2013"
As I watch the news these days, it seems to me the positive headlines are increasing. This is based, of course, on my own observation, but don't you feel it, too?
To be sure, we are still seeing challenges for the local economy, but I believe the ratio of good news to bad news is improving.
I'm confident a new year and fresh start give us all a hopeful and positive outlook on life and the economy. At the COB, we have many reasons to be optimistic about 2013. Here are just a few:
• This spring, we will celebrate Chuck Murphy's accomplishments and contributions to the economy at our fifth annual UCCS College of Business Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award luncheon.
• Our six new faculty members have settled in and are bringing their expertise to our students and community. The addition of these faculty members expands our ability to be the premier provider of business education in the markets we serve.
• Our PGA Golf Management program was recently reaccredited by the PGA of America. This program, one of only 19 PGA accredited golf management programs in the world, continues to develop the next generation of professionals in the golf industry.
• Our Sport Management Program continues to expand opportunities for students through its internships programs around the world. Recently we developed relationships with Everton Football Club in Liverpool, England and already have a student interning there.
• Our College of Business Ethics Initiative, which was established through a grant from the Daniels Fund, continues to expand its work through speakers and programs. The list of exciting speakers continues to grow, with the Vice President of Marketing for Patagonia, Vincent Stanley, and former NORAD Commander and retired Air Force General Gene Renuart speaking on campus this month. This year, the program will expand its educational efforts around campus through a comprehensive marketing campaign called "Got Ethics?"
• Our Office for Professional & Executive Development successfully launched programs for healthcare executives and managers in 2012 and will expand its programs for the defense and government contracting; finance, banking and lending; and software industries.
With these and other positive developments within the COB, I can't help but feel excited about the coming year. As always, we will do our best to contribute to the positive economic news of our region. Looking forward to connecting with you throughout 2013 and beyond.
Venkat Reddy, PhD
Dean, College of Business