David’s Blog

Major New Tool to Find Employees

The Northern Colorado Talent 2.0 Coalition launched a major new talent portal last week called Work in Northern Colorado (www.WorkInNorthernColorado.com).

Members of the coalition include the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Loveland Chamber of Commerce, City of Loveland Economic Development Department, City of Fort Collins Economic Health Department, Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development Department, One NoCo Economic Development, and United Way of Larimer County.

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Growing Cooperation for Regional Economic Development

On tonight’s Fort Collins City Council Work Session agenda is a presentation by area public sector economic developers. The purpose is a show of unity among the economic developers in the Larimer and Weld counties. They have been on the speaking circuit telling this story to city councils, county commissions and town boards.

It’s good to see this and follows the trend over the years of more and more regional cooperation. Recently the two county workforce development boards held their firs...

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Yvonne Myers, Leading Lady

This morning BizWest held its 11th annual Women of Distinction event. It was inspiring and humbling to hear the stories of the 11 honorees. A feature in this week’s Chamber SmartBrief e-Weekly newsletter highlights some of the recipients.

It was my honor to introduce ‘Leading Lady’ honoree this year, Yvonne Myers. She is a remarkable person. Following are my remarks:

“To all of the nominees and finalists, congratulations, and thank you for your contribu...

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Proposed Charter Amendment 1 a “Solution” in Search of Problem

Change can be good, but change for change sake can be foolhardy. Take the Citizen-Initiated Charter Amendment No. 1 on your Fort Collins City ballot. It calls for the creation of a full-time city council with commensurate compensation.

Before getting to the main reasons why this is ill-advised, let’s address the fact that the main proponent of this measure is also running for city council. Is the objective here really to fix something that’s broken or provide a known community activist wi...

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Crushing Family and Medical Leave Program Pushing through Legislature

As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, a bill is being discussed in a state legislative committee that would add a major new mandate on employers and employees.

Senate Bill 188, known as the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program or FAMLI. SB 188, would create a government-run employee leave program funded with a payroll tax on Colorado employers and employees. While paid leave is a desirable benefit, we do not support mandating an inflexible one-size-fits-all on Colorado employers.

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