David’s Blog

Woodward Hexcel

News broke over the weekend about the planned merger of Fort Collins-based Woodward and Stamford, Connecticut-based Hexcel Corporation. The deal will close in the fall. Two companies serving the aerospace and defense industries will merge to create one company with a market capitalization of nearly $14 billion.

Woodward makes fluid-, motion-, and combustion-control systems for airplanes and heavy industrial and construction equipment. Hexcel makes composite materials and parts used by industr...

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New Year, New Overtime Pay Rules, Minimum Wage Increase

Starting a few days ago, new overtime pay rules went into effect.

On January 1, a new federal Labor Department rule requires employers to pay workers one-and-a-half times their hourly rate when they work more than 40 hours per week for those earning less than $35,568 per year. This is an increase from the previous threshold of $23,660.

Employers can apply contractual bonuses and commission payments to as much as 10 percent of the exempt threshold.

You can find more information about the...

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2019 Great Year for Chamber and Region

Another year come and gone. In its roles as a catalyst, convener, and champion, the Chamber had a positive and proactive impact on the prosperity and livability of the Northern Colorado region. Following are a few highlights.

Champion for stronger communities

North I-25 is getting widened. In recent years, I-25 has been a perennial on our end-of-the-year list. In the recent past, it has mostly been about the funding secured for North I-25. And that is impres...

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Thank You!

To Our Chamber Members, a note of thanks to all 1,285 of you for being members and for all you do for our community and region. In the near future I’ll share some thoughts about 2019, but the short version is it has been a very good year for the Chamber and our area. As you look around, you can see it with your own eyes.

Even so, some people are struggling. We appreciate the work of our nonprofits for their service our community. Here’s a list of nonprofits, if you’re inclined to do a l...

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(Northern) Colorado is Booming

SmartAsset just came out with the top Boomtowns in America and Colorado claims seven of the 50 top boomtowns nationwide, including the number one boomtown. More importantly, three of the top 15 are cities to the north of Denver.

The rankings are as follows: Longmont (#1), Greeley (#5), Denver (#7), Fort Collins (#15), Highlands Ranch (#30), Arvada (#34) and Thornton (#42).

To find the top boomtowns in America, SmartAsset analyzed economic data for 500 cities nationwide and considered the f...

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