scott bideau

scott bideau 1 day, 13 hours ago on Steamboat Ski Area's airline marketing program takes Yampa Valley Boys on the road

So the strategy is:

  1. To offer lower fares, which increases the revenue guarantee money required of the taxpayers

and...

  1. For Ski Corp to only provide email marketing (almost no cost to them) while the taxpayers fund TV spots to the tune of $215,000?

I'm assuming the eventual report of how successful this has been will include "anecdotal evidence" instead of hard data showing a good return on investment (as has been the case for the past several years).

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scott bideau 5 days, 22 hours ago on Talks underway between Ski Corp. and United on renewing Houston flights in summer 2015

Of that $250k, $50k was paid to Ski Corp for marketing the flight. So a roughly average fair of $400 required $42.24 in marketing and $168.92 in subsidies.

This "beat expectations?"

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scott bideau 6 days, 17 hours ago on Talks underway between Ski Corp. and United on renewing Houston flights in summer 2015

Some quick math on the facts:

8 weeks * 4 incoming flights/week * 50 seats/flight * 74% load = 1,184 passengers

Total cost of Houston summer flight program = $250,000

$250,000 / 1,184 = $211.15 taxpayer cost per Houston flight passenger

What was sold by Yes 2 Air campaign: average $29 cost per passenger

Yes this is apples (summer) to oranges (winter), but that's a lot of money per passenger.

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scott bideau 6 days, 18 hours ago on Talks underway between Ski Corp. and United on renewing Houston flights in summer 2015

It's great news that the summer Houston flight performed "well," but I'm continually dismayed by the lack of data for air service guarantees and the LMD.

The data exists, easily purchasable for only a few thousand dollars from the Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) database. This data would have answered Chuck's question, showing net new traffic due to the Houston flight versus people simply taking that route instead of Denver. It would also show the billing zip code of those purchasing the tickets to differentiate between local versus out of town travelers.

We pay the airlines millions and Ski Corp tens of thousands of dollars to "administer" the program. In return we only get "anecdotal" evidence. Of course United is going to say it didn't take away from their Denver service - if that happens, they simply scale back their voluntary service in favor of revenue guaranteed service.

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scott bideau 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Downtown Steamboat Springs stakeholders narrowly reject proposal to fund BID with property tax

Considering that the blight report is a legal predecessor to the URA, yet the choice was made to move forward despite that being discredited by most city council members, it will be interesting to see if council continues forward with URA despite claiming that the BID passing was also a required predecessor.

(Although I am a member of the Steamboat Springs School Board, these comments are my own personal opinions and may not reflect those of my fellow board members)

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scott bideau 3 weeks, 3 days ago on Making it their way: Casey Earp: Local government guru

I always say, at no offense to those leaders, that city managers, Chamber CEO's, and superintendents don't often stay around to witness the long term impacts of their policies. It is awesome to have someone like Casey, who is not only educated and experience on these matters, but who has been around and will continue to be around this community. I also second Steve's comment about listening to the constituents.

Keep up the tremendous work Casey! We are lucky to have you.

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scott bideau 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Steamboat City Council is 1 vote shy of adding parking meters downtown

Kounovsky was concerned about the limited amount of public off-street parking spaces downtown and the potential that future development will shrink those number of spaces.

Denver and most other cities with a similar situation solve this problem by requiring a reasonable number of parking spaces be created by the developer as part of any new development.

And they do it more intelligently than this:

http://t.steamboattoday.com/news/2014/sep/24/plan-fix-parking-problem-caseys-pond-moving-forwar/

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scott bideau 1 month ago on Steamboat Springs bargaining team members establish public meeting norms

Currently, CBT reps get to attend during the school day and a substitute teacher or other resource fills their normal responsibilities, an expense covered by the district. Non-CBT reps however don't have this luxury and thus can't attend the meetings held during school hours. This is concerning to me, as I think everyone should be able to witness the process firsthand, just like they can with city council, the board of education meetings, etc.

(Although I am a member of the Steamboat Springs School Board, these comments are my own personal opinions and may not reflect those of my fellow board members)

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