David’s Blog

McKinsey Global: Small Powerhouse Cities – Fort Collins-Loveland-Greeley

Last week McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the business and economics research arm of McKinsey, published a new report titled  The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow and Northern Colorado shows well.

MGI analyzed more than 3,000 counties and 315 cities in the United States and found they are on sharply different paths. They state “The health of local economies today will affect their ability to adapt and thrive in the face of the changes that lie ahead. The tr...

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IT’S A CRISIS!!

Hardly a week goes by without a group or individual appearing before the Fort Collins City Council to declare some crisis that needs formal city action and sanction.

Some are worth considering, while others are radical, disruptive, and expensive special interest pleadings. I’d like to say the latter are dismissed out-of-hand, but, unfortunately, sometimes common sense is not in residence at City Hall.

But, hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!

So for my contribution to the ‘cr...

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Find Your Job Candidates

Since we launched Work In Northern Colorado a couple of months ago, over 2,500 job listings have been posted on the site.

Your job postings on Indeed.com automatically post to the Work In Northern Colorado site.

Next up is a full-blown marketing campaign to promote the site. A marketing team from our site developer will spend time in Northern Colorado next week focused on how to best tell our story. They’ll be meeting with employers and residents about the virtues of living and working h...

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Roads, Rail, and No Money

A significant amount of my focus is on transportation. It has been for some time. Because mobility has a huge impact on the economy, work force, and our general quality of life, it’s needed.

In this space I’ve regularly reported on the process to get North I-25 widened including the announcement last month about the Colorado Transportation Commission committing another $310M.

In the last 10 days, I’ve been in some other conversations about improving the transportation system in North...

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The Chamber: Where We Stand

A key role of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is to communicate the values and positions of the business community to government officials.

This matters because policymakers are being pushed and pulled by a multitude of interest groups and agendas. And, to a large degree, they are captives to their own backgrounds and many of them have no business experience. Though it’s difficult to agree on a common set of values and positions, it’s worth doing to offer some guidance in the de...

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