Zagster Brings Bike Sharing to Carrollton, Georgia

CARROLLTON, Ga.  (February 3, 2017) — The City of Carrollton and Zagster, Inc. are today launching a bike share program that will provide the city’s residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town.

Through a network of 10 stations located across the town, a total of 50 cruiser bikes will be available in the Zagster bike share program, providing members with access to bicycles for on-demand, local trips. Starting today, riders can pay per ride, or join the program by signing up for monthly or annual passes. Bike share members — who must be 18 or older — can check the bikes out for free for the first hour, and then pay three dollars per each additional hour of use.

Made possible by the partnership between the City, Tanner Health System, Southwire Company, the University of West Georgia, and Friends of Carrollton GreenBelt, the wide-reaching bike share program makes Carrollton a healthier and more bike-friendly community. With several stations located at the Carrollton GreenBelt’s trailheads, the bike share provides easier access to the 18-mile shared-use path — the largest paved loop trail in all of Georgia.

“With miles of greenspace to enjoy, Carrollton is a perfect place for bike sharing to thrive,” said Carrollton Community Development Director, Erica Studdard. “This bike-share program is a tremendous tool toward promoting active lifestyles in our community, so we’re pleased to partner with Zagster and these great local organizations to improve the quality of life for all our residents.”

Representatives of the City of Carrollton, Tanner Health System, Southwire Company and University of West Georgia will unveil the program at a kickoff ceremony at Laura’s Park at Hays Mill Trailhead, on Friday, February 3rd, at 1:30pm. The event will include a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and an inaugural bike ride, with remarks from the Community Development Director, Erica Studdard, and sponsors.

While Zagster’s centralized operations team will run the program, Carrollton’s own Perpetual Motion Bicycles, Inc., was contracted to perform the regular maintenance and repairs necessary to keep the program running smoothly.

Riding Carrollton’s bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App or online at zagster.com/carrollton. Each bike has a unique number which is entered into the app to obtain a single-use code that in turn opens the lockbox with a key. (Alternatively, riders can obtain codes via text message.) The key and an included lock allow users to plan their trip around their needs — and not around the location of the stations.

With the on-bike lock, it is easy to secure the bicycle while running errands – picking up lunch, stepping into the office, dropping off a library book. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy. And because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their communities.

Carrollton’s bike share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout, or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors.

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About Zagster 
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 140 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com

Media contact for Zagster
Jon Terbush, Zagster communications manager
617.681.4914, jterbush@zagster.com

 


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Zagster Closes $10 Million Series B Round of Funding Led by Edison Partners

  • Zagster expands board of directors with Jonathan Seelig and Chris Randles, veteran tech execs & investors and Tom Vander Schaff, a partner at Edison Partners
  • Funds will be used to fuel continued growth and technology development

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (January 5, 2017) — Zagster, Inc., the leading provider of private and public-private bike sharing systems, today announced it has raised $10 million in a Series B round of funding led by Edison Partners, a leading growth equity capital firm. In addition, Zagster expanded its board of directors by appointing: Tom Vander Schaaff, a partner at Edison Partners; Jonathan Seelig, co-founder of Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), former Chairman of the Board of Zipcar and former managing director of Globespan Capital Partners; and Chris Randles, former  CEO of SpaceClaim Corp as well as MathSoft and a current venture partner at Borealis Ventures.

“With 300 percent growth in riders and programs over the past year, we’ve proven that our ‘Bike Share as a Service’ model is scalable, financially sustainable and ideally suited to meet the needs of customers across multiple markets in North America,” said Timothy Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster. “This growth capital along with the expansion of our board sets the table for Zagster to enhance our product roadmap, expand our staff, and grow the organization to reach our goal of becoming the national standard in bikeshare.”

Zagster operates more than 140 fully hosted bike-sharing programs in 30 states across the U.S. and Canada. Zagster’s flexible business model and flexible technology platform has allowed it to successfully implement bike sharing programs in multiple of markets — including cities, universities, corporate campuses and residential properties.

“By focusing on building a flexible and scalable model for bike share, Zagster has quietly become the market leader across multiple segments,” said Vander Schaaff, a partner at Edison Partners. “We are extremely impressed with their ability to simultaneously execute and innovate and look forward to partnering with them to accelerate growth.”

The Series B round caps a banner year for Zagster. The company achieved 300 percent growth in implemented programs; 400 percent growth in deployed bikes; and 300 percent growth in staff, opening a satellite office in San Francisco and moving its headquarters to a larger space in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In September, the company partnered with car sharing leader Zipcar to create Zipbike, the first nationally-sponsored bike share program for colleges and universities.

“I believe Zagster can become one of the next iconic Boston-based high-growth, disruptive companies,” said Jonathan Seelig. “The company is well-positioned to grow the bike sharing market by delivering programs in hundreds of communities where others can’t -- or won’t -- enabling them to continue to grow rapidly in the coming years.”

About Zagster
Zagster is the leading provider of private and public-private bike-sharing systems in the United States, operating more than 140 programs in more than 30 states. Its highly efficient business model allows the company to successfully deploy in multiple markets, including cities, suburbs, universities, commercial campuses and residential properties. Zagster investors include Edison Partners, LaunchCapital; Fontinalis Partners; Clean Energy Venture Group; LaunchPad Venture Group; Otter Consulting and several leading Boston-area angel investors. Zagster aims to make biking the most loved form of transportation for people across the country. Learn more at www.zagster.com.

About Edison Partners
For 30 years, Edison Partners has been helping CEOs and their executive teams navigate the entrepreneurial journey and build successful companies. Through the unique combination of growth capital and the Edison Edge platform, consisting of operating leverage, the Edison Director Network, and executive education, Edison employs a holistic approach to accelerating growth and creating value for businesses ($5 to $20 million in revenue) in financial, healthcare, enterprise and marketing technology sectors. Edison investment objectives also include: buyouts, recapitalizations, spinouts and secondary stock purchases.
Edison’s active portfolio has created aggregate market value exceeding $10 billion. Its long-tenured team based in Princeton, NJ manages more than $1 billion in assets throughout the eastern United States.

Media contact
John Williams, Scoville PR for Zagster
206-625-0075, jwilliams@scovillepr.com

 


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Zagster Recognized in OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2016

Media Contact:
Jon Terbush
, Zagster communications manager
jterbush@zagster.com, 617-681-4914

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (November 16, 2016) – Zagster, the nation’s leading provider of public and public/private bike-share systems, has been named to OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work of 2016. One of only two honorees from Massachusetts, Zagster earned recognition for promoting active lifestyles — through perks such as reimbursements for fitness expenditures and new bike purchases — that "incentivize Outside’s core ideals of getting out, being active, and having fun.“

The award caps a banner year for Zagster that included impressive growth across multiple business metrics, including 150 percent growth in staff, 200 percent growth in unique customers and programs and 400 percent growth in the number of bikes deployed nationwide. In the past year, Zagster also opened a West Coast field office, in San Francisco; moved into a larger, amenity-rich headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts; debuted a landmark technology platform; and secured a first-of-its-kind national sponsorship deal with Zipcar.

In June, the Boston Business Journal named Zagster to its annual “Best Places to Work” list, placing it seventh overall for a company of its size. Zagster is also a finalist for BostInno's annual "50 on Fire" ranking of metro Boston's top innovators.  

Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious, and prioritize giving back to the community. The complete list of Best Places to Work winners is published here.

“This year’s list of Best Places to Work highlights employers who go above and beyond for their staff,” said OUTSIDE Online Editor Scott Rosenfield. “Included are organizations that emphasis a healthy work life balance and promote, encourage and reward employees to live active and healthier lives.”

To create the best places to work 2016 list, OUTSIDE started by comparing employers to five core categories, reflecting the magazine’s values and focus: Adventure/Travel, Wellness, Culture, Gear, and Media. OUTSIDE then conducted a rigorous vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group to assess the policies, practices, and demographics of hundreds of companies.

Powered by employee workplace reviews and taking into account factors like corporate culture, job satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement, the Best Places to Work list represents only the top companies that are not only empowering but also encouraging their employees to live better, healthier and more active lives.

Methodology:
Companies from across the country entered the two-part survey process to determine the Outside’s Best Places to Work. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

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About Zagster
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with more than 135 cities, universities, businesses and properties across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com

About OUTSIDE:
OUTSIDE is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. Since 1977, OUTSIDE has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The OUTSIDE family includes OUTSIDE magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, the Outside Podcast, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ for the iPad, Outside tablet edition, Outside Books, and Outside GO, a revolutionary, 21st-century adventure-travel company. Connect with OUTSIDE online, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

ABOUT THE BEST COMPANIES GROUP:
Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country and internationally to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, regional and industry basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.


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Zagster Kicks Off Community Sponsorship Outreach Program to Fund Launch of Rochester’s Bike-Sharing System

ROCHESTER, N.Y.  (November 3, 2016) — Zagster, the company selected by the City of Rochester to manage its planned bike-sharing system, is seeking sponsorship and underwriting for the program throughout the greater Rochester area. Corporate, organization and individual sponsorships will support  what is expected to be a 250-bike system debuting in the spring of 2017.

The bike-share program will help Rochester provide healthy and sustainable transportation, and it will drive economic growth by making the City a more attractive place to live, work and visit. And as a unique out-of-home advertising opportunity, it will also provide sponsoring organizations with a visible return on investment in the form of physical (bikes, stations, signage) and digital (website, app) assets while boosting brand reputation through association with a positive community development.

Zagster is accepting sponsorship applications from all interested parties through Friday, December 2. More information about supporting the Rochester bike share can be found at zagster.com/sponsor-rochester.

“Bike-sharing programs are increasingly valuable components of transportation networks in cities of all sizes because of their ability to reduce congestion and parking demand, promote healthier lifestyles and spur economic growth,” said Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “We look forward to working with Zagster to engage our community partners to help us build a world-class bike-share network that further enhances our reputation as a bicycle friendly city, which helps us create more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities in our schools.”

In anticipation of the program’s scheduled launch, Zagster and the City have begun outreach to interested parties who recognize the civic, community and business value in bike-share sponsorship and who recognize the role a bike-share program plays in developing a vibrant city. The City and Zagster are seeking multiple sponsors for multiple levels of commitment, including a systemwide title sponsor and supplementary station sponsors. The City has already committed to sponsoring a station at City Hall, and encourages visionary organizations to join it in realizing bike sharing for the entire community.

Zagster will manage everything involved in Rochester’s bike sharing program, including hardware, software, maintenance, rider support and local promotion. Zagster bikes feature an app-based interface and the first Bluetooth ring locking technology used in North American bike-sharing to provide a simple, streamlined rider experience.

“Bike-sharing helps build strong communities and strong communities help bike-sharing programs thrive,” said Timothy Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “Zagster has proven experience building collaborative funding partnerships that unite communities around bike-sharing’s mutual benefits and goals, and we’re excited to begin that process here in Rochester.”

In cities like Rochester, Zagster has secured bike-share sponsorships from a range of sources — including businesses, nonprofits, civic organizations, real estate developers, museums and breweries, among others. That includes a robust sponsorship network of more than 30 local organizations in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About Zagster 
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with more than 140 cities, universities, businesses and real estate properties across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.Zagster.com

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Media Contact
Jon Terbush, Communications Manager
617.681.4914, jterbush@Zagster.com

 


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Evansville, Indiana, Launches Upgrade Bike Share

Evansville officials and representatives from numerous area organizations launched a city-wide bike sharing program today, called Upgrade Bike Share, at a press conference on the University of Evansville campus.

Beginning immediately, 70 cruiser bikes are available at seven stations across Evansville for members to use on demand. Anyone over the age of 18 can ride ad hoc for three dollars per hour, or by enrolling in a monthly or annual membership. Rides for members are free for up to one hour, then three dollars per hour after that.

Locations are as follows: University of Evansville campus, North Main Street, West Franklin Street, Downtown YMCA, Downtown Pagoda at the Evansville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Haynie’s Corner Arts District, and the Deaconess Sports Park on North Green River Road.

Evansville mayor Lloyd Winnecke; University of Evansville president Thomas Kazee; Welborn Baptist CEO and executive director Kevin Bain; and Don Jones, Evansville Area Trails Coalition president and UE’s vice president for marketing  and communications addressed the press conference crowd.

In attendance were members of the Changemaker Challenge teams from the University of Evansville, Memorial High School, and Central High School. The Changemaker Challenge is dedicated to launching the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs and innovators. The competition, put on by the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana at UE, began at the college level with UE students and was opened up to area high schools last year. The teams from Central and Memorial High Schools both proposed a bike sharing project separately and have since worked together on the project.

“The installation and launch of this program marks the culmination of a collaborative effort between an impressive network of individuals committed to the progress of Evansville,” said Winnecke. “High school students, college students, and leaders from city organizations large and small are all on the forefront of making ideas happen, and I continue to be inspired by how great Evansville is and can be.”

The Upgrade Bike Share program is fully funded by local sponsors including Deaconess Health System, St. Mary’s Health System, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, City of Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development, Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Welborn Baptist Foundation, and Meritain Health.

This initial network of seven stations and 70 bikes is expected to grow in the coming years. To become a member or for more information including a map of the stations, please visit http://bike.zagster.com/upgrade.

“Studies have shown that Americans want to bike more, but are held back by lack of access to bikes, and concerns about safe places to ride,” said Timothy Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “Evansville is addressing both of these concerns with Zagster and the investments the city has made in bike trails and other safe riding places. Now, there’s no reason not to get out and ride.”

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster’s programs give users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. And because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their communities. 

Riding Upgrade Bike Share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com/upgrade. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

Media contact for Zagster
Jon Terbush, Zagster communications manager
617.681.4914, jterbush@zagster.com

Media Contact for Evansville
Don Jones
812.488.2573, dj29@evansville.edu


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Zipcar and Zagster Launch Zipbike, the First National, Sponsored Bike-Share Program for Universities

Zipcar and Zagster Launch Zipbike, the First National, Sponsored Bike-Share Program for Universities

Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, and Zagster, the leader in campus bike sharing, today announced their partnership to launch Zipbike, the first national, sponsored bike-share program for universities. Zipbike aims to redefine campus mobility by accelerating access to, and adoption of, bike sharing at colleges and universities across the country.


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Zagster Expands National Footprint of University Bike-Share Programs with Launches this Fall from Texas to Maine

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (September 7, 2016) — As students across the country return to campus this fall, increasingly they are finding that their dorm rooms come with a set of wheels — two wheels, that is. With the launch of Zagster’s bike-share program at Dartmouth College, along with five other new or expanded bike-share programs in the past three weeks, Zagster offers bike-share programs on more campuses than any other provider. 

“Campuses are perfect places for bike sharing, and our fully managed programs enable universities to offer a healthy, convenient and environmentally friendly transportation option,” said Timothy Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. 

The new systems bring Zagster’s collegiate footprint to more than 20 campuses in 14 states and Canada. From small private colleges to massive state schools, and from rural areas to some of the nation’s biggest cities, Zagster works collaboratively with universities to precision-build programs that best suit each campus’ setting, size and budget.

The latest round of Zagster partners includes West Chester University, in Pennsylvania; the University of New England, in Maine; Tarleton State University and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in Texas; the University of Windsor, in Ontario, Canada; and Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire. In August, Zagster also expanded its program at Purdue University into the surrounding towns of Lafayette and West Lafayette, Indiana, due to robust ridership and popular demand.

Zagster’s university programs reduce congestion and parking demand, and alleviate transit strain. In addition, they provide a cost-effective alternative to other transit infrastructure, such as parking spaces — which cost, on average, between $20,000 - $40,000 per space — while serving far more users per day.

For students, Zagster offers a convenient, affordable alternative to car or bike ownership. Students have a 53 percent chance of losing personal bikes to theft, while bringing a car to college costs on average $20,000 over four years, according to Forbes. And as an app-based, on-demand service, Zagster is a perfect fit for today’s mobile-first, on-the-go students.


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Zagster Brings Bike Sharing to Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas. (August 26, 2016) — The City of Corpus Christi and Zagster, Inc. today launched an expansive new bike-share program that will provide all Corpus Christi’s residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town.

Starting today, 40 cruiser bikes will be available at seven stations for members to use for on-demand, local trips. Riders — who must be 18 or older to join the program — can sign up for hourly, monthly or annual passes. Rides for monthly and annual members are free for the first two hours, and then three dollars per hour after that.

“We are very excited to launch the Bike Corpus Christi bike-share program, which will provide another convenient means to move customers around our downtown and provide an additional quality of life amenity to our residents,” said Terry Sweeney, executive director of the Corpus Christi Downtown Management District. “It’s great to be partnering with Zagster in this endeavor.”

Corpus Christi Downtown Management District (DMD), City of Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) will unveil the program at a kickoff ceremony on the Corpus Christi Marina Peoples Street T-Head at 9:30 a.m., Friday, August 26. The event will include a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with remarks from DMD Executive Director Terry Sweeney, Mayor Nelda Martinez and City Councilor Carolyn Vaughn.  Following the remarks, there will be a ceremonial ride on Zagster bikes around the T-Head.

The City of Corpus Christi, CCRTA and DMD provided funding to launch the bike share. Partnering with Zagster will allow the city to spearhead community outreach, connect with sponsors and bring on more partners to broaden the initial scope of the bike-share program.

“The joint effort to launch this program exemplifies the best of bike sharing in which multiple stakeholders come together to reach a common goal,” said Timothy Ericson, Zagster co-founder and CEO. “We’re thrilled to help Corpus Christi realize its goal of delivering a successful, impactful bike-share program to the entire community.”

Unlike other programs in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, Zagster’s programs gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. And because Zagster manages all aspects of its programs — from bikes and technology, to maintenance and marketing — Zagster partners can create and deploy scalable bike-share systems that best suit their communities.

Riding Corpus Christi’s bike share is easy. Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App — available for iPhone and Android — or online at zagster.com/corpuschristi. Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

Corpus Christi’s bike share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout, or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors.

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About Zagster
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the fastest-growing bike-share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 130 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike-share providers can't reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation.

More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at  www.zagster.com

About Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi is a coastal city located in South Texas on the Gulf of Mexico. It has a population of approximately 320,000, making it the eighth largest city in Texas. It is home to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Army Depot. The Port of Corpus Christi is the 5th largest port in the U.S. There are numerous projects underway transforming Corpus Christi, including $35 billion of port projects, a $1 billion new Harbor Bridge and more than $600 million of downtown projects.

Media contact for Zagster
Jon Terbush, Zagster Communications Manager Terry Sweeney
617-681-4914, jterbush@zagster.com

Media Contact for Corpus Christi
Terry Sweeney, Executive Director Corpus Christi Downtown Management District
361-882-2363, terry@cctexasdmd.com


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