When the temps go down, the bills go up

Published: 12/17/2018  3:18 PM
I’m sure there are quite a few customers who are opening their bills this month and wondering why it’s higher than usual. When unexpected changes occur with your bill, one of the first things you should do is go back and look at the weather during t ...

'Tis the season...for water main breaks

Published: 12/14/2018  11:14 AM
While this may be “the hap-happiest season of all,” dealing with traffic issues can really put that phrase to the test. After all, we’ve got parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting and much mistltoeing to do. Who’s got time for a detour?! Bu ...

Creating your own weather

Published: 12/5/2018  3:59 PM
​Some say weather affects their mood. I believe that we can create our own weather – like having a sunny attitude on a cloudy day.  In the utilities business, though, creating our own weather isn’t as possible. We can still choose great attitudes, b ...

Utilities Board seeks customer input

Published: 11/28/2018  1:47 PM
Colorado Springs is fortunate to operate its own community-owned utility. This means that our customers have a say in how their utility operates and plans to provide service in the future. Right now, our Colorado Springs Utilities Board and CEO Ara ...

Give thanks and get deals

Published: 11/21/2018  10:19 AM
​It's that time of the year where we give thanks for what we have, and then get some more!   With the discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's the perfect time to upgrade your home with smart technology and efficient appliances. Plus, many ...

A Water Win-Win

Published: 11/15/2018  12:01 PM
​Water news from the Arkansas Valley yesterday is a win-win.  A win for farmers and a win for city-dwellers. Late Wednesday, the Fort Lyon Canal Company (FLCC) Board approved to allow a Lower Arkansas Water Management Association (LAWMA) member to ...

Creating tomorrow’s energy landscape with a new vision

Published: 11/14/2018  4:29 PM
Our world is increasingly revolving around electronics. From your Google Home to your electric vehicle and smart thermostat, the ways in which we all use energy are changing. So too are the ways in which we generate and deliver that energy to you. ...

Funding our Future | 2019 Rates & Budget Approved

Published: 11/13/2018  2:33 PM
Today Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved our 2019 Budget and 2019 customer rates. Last summer, I was priviliged to work with a team of employees to review the 2019 budget submittal and am proud to share that the 2019 budget is nearl ...

Recognized with Platinum level HIRE Vets Medallion Award

Published: 11/13/2018  2:26 PM
There has been a strong military presence in Colorado Springs for many years, and we're proud to serve those who serve our country. Doing right by our military, though, means more than simply providing safe, reliable utility service. It also means a ...

Trick or Treat for Savings

Published: 10/31/2018  8:49 AM
Trick or treating through the neighborhood, sometimes there is one special house with a candy bowl that stands out from all the others. It’s the place with full-size candy bars. Everyone wants to be at that house with the biggest candy bars, and all ...

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Celebrating Leon Young   

  by  Ellen  on  2/26/2018

Leon YoungEach February, we come together to celebrate Black History Month by honoring the many achievements by African-Americans and recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.

This year, one special man comes to mind - Leon Young.

Young was not only a war veteran, a successful small business owner, a husband and a father, but the first and only African-American mayor of Colorado Springs. His tenure as mayor was short, but his impact as a public servant was great; he served as vice mayor and as a city council member for decades prior.

A quiet, hard-working man dedicated to public service, local newspaper headlines from the 1990s paint a vivid picture of his character:

  • "The quiet man proves to be a voice for the voiceless"
  • "A quarter century of public service / Working behind the scenes, vice mayor quietly builds consensus"
  • "Young's years of service nurture Colorado Springs"
  • "Vice Mayor Young a fierce fighter for racial equality"

On May 19, 1999, the Colorado Springs Utilities Board renamed the Colorado Springs Utilities Service Center the Leon Young Service Center "in appreciation for the exemplary and dedicated leadership of Mr. Young during his tenure as City Council Member, Vice Mayor and Mayor of Colorado Springs."

Young passed away in 2004 at age 80. He left a legacy and we are honored to have his name on our building. If you visit the Leon Young Service Center, check out the display cases in the lobby with his numerous awards, pictures and treasures.

If you want to learn more about Leon Young and other contributions African-Americans have made to our Colorado Springs community, visit the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum exhibit called Any Place That Is North and West. This exhibit explores what African-Americans found when they arrived in Colorado Springs, the supportive community they created for themselves, and the role they played in shaping the city we live in today.

Leon Young PinLeon Young Service Center sign


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