David’s Blog

“Fixing” Problems by Making Things Worse?

A month ago, I wrote a post titled “It’s a Crisis!” in which I poked fun at the special pleaders routinely parading up to the microphone at City Council meetings asking for official government sanction to address various so-called crises.

I declared if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, then offered my own market-based perspective on how to deal with the housing affordability ‘crisis’ in our fair city, which included:

Liberalize the over-restrictive 3-unrelated ordinance. Whe...

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Open House Regarding I-25 North Express Lanes Project

Sum sum summertime in Northern Colorado means lots of orange barrels on North I-25.

CDOT just announced an open house on Tuesday, August 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to provide information about the stretch between Berthoud and Johnstown. Construction on the express lane will begin in this stretch this fall. If your business is impacted by traveling through that part of I-25 and / or you’re just interested in what is happening with the project, consider attending. The open house will be in the Sout...

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Cybersecurity: ‘They’ are Coming for You

I usually reserve this space to comment on some larger business or economic issue. Rarely do I use it to promote a Chamber event or product. But, sometimes the two merge, like the issue of cyber security.

Consider these stats (courtesy of cybintsolutions):

95% of breached records came from three industries in 2016 – government, retail, technology.
There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds.
Since 2013, there are 3,809,448 records stolen from breaches every day. That’s 158,727 pe...

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Area Chambers have Strong Working Relationships

Last Friday, the Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced the hiring of a new president to replace Sarah MacQuiddy, who is retiring next month.

That got me thinking about both Sarah and the relationships between the area chambers of commerce.

First, Sarah is leaving well and on her own terms after a successful career at the Greeley Chamber- first as the tourism director and for the last 15 years as the chamber’s chief executive. In a business where the average tenure...

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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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