David’s Blog

More Millennials Here Compared to Other Areas of Our Size

Last week I briefed a major business on the economy and demography of the two-county Larimer-Weld region. Some of the information has been shared in this space in the past, but you can find the most recent version here.

A few gems:

Compared to other areas of our size, on average we have more Millennials, fewer people in the near retirement age bracket, less racial diversity, an average number of military veterans, and less violent and property crime.
The current two-county labor force...

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Region’s Population Continues to Surge

BizWest reported last week about the latest Northern Colorado population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. BizWest did a nice job with a story by Lucas High titled Timnath leads region in population growth. That was followed by an opinion piece by BizWest Co-Publisher Chris Wood titled Publisher’s notebook: Boulder loses, Weld surges in population.

Some of the smaller communities saw the highest percentage increases. From July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018, Timnath grew by 21.52 percent and ...

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Celebrating Small Business

Last week we celebrated small business and honored some of the best in the area at the annual Small Business of the Year Award Breakfast.

Small businesspeople make the world go ‘round. Their passion to serve customers everyday means we have access to services and products we need. And, in the process of doing so they provide jobs, add to the tax base and give back to the community in innumerable ways.

For more on the importance of small business in our state and around the nation, check ...

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Transportation Commission Approves Additional $310M for North I-25

Last Thursday the Colorado Transportation Commission voted to preliminarily commit up to $310M in available funding to deliver the full and necessary funding to build the I-25 North Express Lanes between Fort Collins and Loveland.

The express lanes between SH 14 in Fort Collins to SH 402 south of Loveland are a part of the North I-25 Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins project and were originally slated as temporary infrastructure improvements. The new funds would provide the full fundin...

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Transportation a Winner During State Legislative Session

The recently ended state legislative session was generally not a good one for business. Years of bottled up labor, social and environmental agendas took center stage with an avalanche of new laws, regulations and costs falling on business.

But, in a session with low expectations for transportation funding, we secured $300 million.

It’s important to note that leaders still have not provided a long-term funding source for transportation. But for at least another year, there is some money g...

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