Chamber Membership

Time to Pause and Reflect

It’s wonderful to have an occasional rainy day in the middle of summer.  As someone who grew up on the eastern plains of Colorado, I always appreciate moisture coming from the sky!  Rainy days inspire me to pause and reflect, even in the hustle of everyday demands.  Below is a catch-all of today’s observations.

Hats off to Chamber member and long-time volunteer Carrie Gillis! Carrie is the Real Estate Manager for a grouping of businesses here in northern Colorado and was inducted int...

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Hello From Your New President & CEO

Happy New Year from the Fort Collins Area Chamber to all of our business partners!  As an organization, we are excited to kick off 2021 and, as an individual, I am thrilled to be taking on the role of President & CEO at the Fort Collins Area Chamber.

My name is Ann Hutchison and I took on the reigns at the Chamber on January 1.  I am happy to say that many of you reading this blog already know me.  For those that I haven’t met yet, I look forward to connecting with you soon.

A lit...

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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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ICYM Some Interesting Things

As a member service, in case you missed some great events recently, I want to direct you to some great resources.

Cyber Security Summit 2019

The Chamber partnered with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office to host the inaugural Cyber Security Summit on September 25 at The Ranch Events Complex.

The event was established to create a greater awareness of cyber threats and bring together the best resources to combat and protect valuable information and assets. More than 200 members from th...

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First Half of 2019 Good for Chamber

The Chamber is having a strong year. At the 7-month mark, here’s a quick review of the top priorities.

Lead the lobbying effort to secure funding to widen I-25 to 3 lanes between Highway 14 and Highway 66 (Fix North I-25)

Efforts by area leaders over the past several years, including the Chamber, have resulted in $927.5 million committed to North I-25. There have been several major wins in 2019:

The Fix North I-25 Business Alliance helped secure $300M in state General Fund expenditu...

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Credit Where Credit is Due

Last Wednesday evening 500+ people gathered at the Hilton for the Chamber’s Annual Dinner. It was great to hear the buzz in the room. People were so into visiting that it was hard to get the event started! And, it was great to see very worthy people honored for their contributions to the Chamber and community including outgoing Chair Yvonne Myers, outgoing Treasurer / Board Director Jason Ells, Allison Hines as Young Professional of the Year, Steve Tool as Volunteer of the Year and Karen Weitk...

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Successful Moving Fort Collins Forward! Campaign Buys Impact and Quality

As you know from the update in today’s Chamber SmartBrief e-Weekly, the Chamber’s annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! campaign is over and was very successful. When the residual pledges and numbers finish coming in, campaign volunteers will have raised over $700,000 and recruited 100 new members in just 11 weeks. Very impressive!

But while we measure progress with numbers, what do they really mean?

First of all, as I’ve said in this space before, we don’t raise money for the sake o...

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Market Your Company Using Chamber Programs

The Chamber’s annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! campaign is in its final days. If you’re interested in sponsoring a program, event or initiative, there’s still time. Give Kim Medina on our team a call at 482-3751 x 104, and she’ll have one of our teams contact you. You can learn more about our key initiatives here (including our work to get I-25 widened) and sponsorship opportunities here.

As part of the campaign, we are also trying to grow our membership. We ...

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CSU Stadium, Moving Fort Collins Forward, New Members

It's a beautiful fall in Northern Colorado. As I write this, it's a near perfect 71 degrees and sunny with the leaves in their full glory.As you know by now, the Colorado State University Board of Governors heard a report last week from CSU President Tony Frank about the status of fund raising for the proposed on-campus stadium. The Board approved Dr. Frank's recommendation to further study 4 options ranging from maintenance of the existing stadium to a public-private partnership to build the st...

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Free Lunch on Friday

Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch never heard about "Fridays at the Chamber!"For the second summer in a row, on select Fridays at lunch, the Chamber does a cookout on its patio. The price is (drum roll please)....FREE! Yep, "Fridays at the Chamber" are free for Chamber members. And, there are no programs and presentations. The whole gathering consists of people enjoying hotdogs, hamburgers and watermelon while chatting with friends and meeting new people. The timing is flexib...

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