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Colorado Springs residents and visitors could soon benefit from something they’ve rarely experienced — competition in the taxicab business. But not if Yellow Cab of Colorado Springs has anything to say about it. After six months of legal maneuvering by Yellow Cab aimed at preventing a potential rival from poaching on its now-exclusive Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Hail, Taxi: Can Yellow Cab remain king?

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Got an email on Monday from a reader who shall remain anonymous. Here’s the text: “John, Perhaps with your exposure to matters of a civic nature you can explain the relationship between: DreamCity 2020 — Project 6035 — Leadership Pikes Peak — Center for Creative Leadership. I have about 4 terabytes of space dedicated to… Continue Reading Making sense of our fragmented community

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Looser regulations drive taxi competition

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Businesses that are now regulated by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission enjoyed the benefits of a government-guaranteed monopoly until 1994, when the legislature changed the “entry standard” from regulated monopoly to regulated competition. For cab companies competing in markets with populations of 60,000 or more it meant a new applicant seeking to enter the market… Continue Reading Looser regulations drive taxi competition

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Scott Blackmun is the new chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Blackmun is a prominent sports executive and former USOC leader. He spent three years at the organization, starting as general counsel and director of legal affairs during 1998. He moved into the role of senior managing director in 2000 before leaving the organization… Continue Reading Blackmun named USOC chief

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The biggest local story of 2009 was unquestionably the USOC deal. Here’s a recap of the stories that chronicled the unraveling, collapse and revival of the agreements between the U.S. Olympic Committee, LandCo  Equity Partners and the City of Colorado Springs. March: City drags feet On March 6th, a story appeared that asking why the… Continue Reading 2009 and the USOC deal

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Hazlehurst makes predictions for the new year

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I’m tired of gloom and doom-so here are my foolishly optimistic predictions for the year to come. A quiet boom will re-ignite our local economy, driven by government spending and renewed consumer /business confidence. New businesses will form and thrive, and existing enterprises will grow, modestly prosper, and even hire new employees. And here are… Continue Reading Hazlehurst makes predictions for the new year

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Southern California native Ron Butlin came to Colorado Springs as a result of two fortuitously linked hiring decisions, which he calls his two ‘biggest breaks.’ “In 1985, I was lucky enough to be hired by Wells Fargo in Orange County,” Butlin said, “and then I hired a guy named Jeff Smith to come work with… Continue Reading Ron Butlin: Eyes on a great downtown, heart for the great outdoors

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Looking back at 2009…well, I’d rather not. It has been a dreary and dismaying year for many in the business community. The continuing impact of the “Great Recession” has made this a time of survival, not growth; of keeping existing customers, not finding new ones; of paying slowly, and being paid even more slowly; of… Continue Reading 2009: The best laid plans of men that went awry

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I spent a few minutes chatting with one of our state representatives early this week, and politely inquired what we might expect to come out of this year’s legislative session, which will begin Jan. 4. “You can expect nothing,” he said. “We have no money.” That might be an understatement. The recession might be officially… Continue Reading When the money runs out, lawmakers can’t pass much but ‘feel-goods’

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Men’s classic business dress has long lineage The suit might make the man, but who made the suit? No, not the designer or tailor — the original idea. If you don a business suit every morning, you’re wearing a ritual form of dress which originated in the court of Charles II, who was restored to… Continue Reading The sovereignty of the suit

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