David’s Blog

Collision of Lofty Rhetoric and Everyday Life

It’s always interesting when news media amplified political rhetoric slams up against the practical reality of the lives of everyday people.

The shopworn topic of climate change received renewed interest recently with the promotion of a “Green New Deal” by some newly elected members of Congress. With it came renewed warnings of the apocalypse.

To avert our demise due to climate change, a majority of Americans are willing to pay… $1 a month. That’s according to a News Week story i...

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Spread the Credit for I-25 Success

At a couple of economic update events recently, the widening of I-25 came up several times. The Chamber was recognized as a leader of this effort.

It is true that the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in the lobbying effort to secure money to get the interstate widened. We are quick to say, however, that we are a cog in a very big machine. There is an alliance of organizations and individuals that have invested substantial financial resources, time, and leadership to get...

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Chamber Backs Economic Development Group

Economic development is a process of deliberate intervention in the dynamics of the local economy by making business investment easier and more attractive. This process of influencing private sector investment is the engine for community economic growth.

For most communities, primary companies are the prize that drives the economy. Primary companies are those that sell at least half of their products or services outside the local market. These companies generally pay better than others so the...

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April City Ballot will be Interesting

*Original column published in January 20, 2019 edition of the Coloradoan 

The next regularly scheduled City election will be April 2. It could be an eventful one for the community.

First of all, instead of voting on four city council seats, five are up for election. This is due to a vacancy in District 1 (northeast Fort Collins) created by the resignation of Council Member Bob Overbeck, who was elected in November as Larimer County Assessor.

Mr. Overbeck’s former seat will be filled ...

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And, Tell Me, Who Will Pay for That?

The Colorado General Assembly session opened January 4, and Governor Jared Polis has been sworn in and has delivered his first ‘State of the State’ address.

A few minor partisan jabs have been made by various members of the legislature, but for the most part comity reigns supreme…at the moment.

More interesting than the political conviviality was the astonishing list of expensive programs advocated by the governor and legislative leaders.

Full day kindergarten. Preschool. Paid par...

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