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“I’ve always been an early adapter,” said local social media guru Tonya Hall, “so I signed up for MySpace when it was launched in 2003 — and I saw then that social media would change marketing in ways that no one could imagine.” A self-described military brat, Hall was born in Kansas and grew up… Continue Reading Hall making company connections through social media

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The Orange County Business Journal reported today that Freedom Communications, the bankrupt parent company of the Colorado Springs Gazette, has filed an amended reorganization plan with the Delaware bankruptcy court. Under the new plan, which was the product of an agreement between the secured and unsecured creditors of the company, all of the company’s equity… Continue Reading Secured, unsecured creditors agree on new Freedom bankruptcy plan

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Despite the efforts of local streetcar advocates to revive urban rail, Colorado Springs officials have historically regarded light streetcars and trolleys with benign indifference. But that hasn’t always been the case. The Colorado Springs streetcar enterprise, which operated between 1887 and 1932, was at its height the most extensive modern and comprehensive streetcar system of… Continue Reading Streetcars dominated transportation for 45 years

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   Flown anywhere lately? If so, has your experience been anything like that of Ryan Bingham, George Clooney’s character in “Up in the Air,” who’s on the road 300 days of the year? Bingham moves effortlessly through “air world,” as he calls it, scarcely inconvenienced by lines at security check-ins, cancelled flights, endless delays and… Continue Reading Ease and comfort won’t replace the fear of traveling

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The Colorado Springs urban rail network of a century ago may have disappeared, but the fierce streetcar advocates have dedicated themselves to restoring local trolley service since 1982, when they founded the Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation. Now, after ignoring streetcars for nearly 30 years, the city of Colorado Springs is sponsoring a $330,000… Continue Reading Foundation eager to get streetcars rolling again

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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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