Economy and Jobs

NCP, Talent and Supply Chain

As we noted last week, we have officially launched the public phase of Northern Colorado Prospers 2.0 – a five-year catalytic initiative for regional economic growth and a $4 million campaign to fund its implementation.

In my first six months as CEO, I’ve had the great opportunity to talk with more than 80 key employers in Northern Colorado.  In those conversations I’ve been able to share the work we’ve accomplished on behalf of the regional business community and where we are headed...

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Businesses and Community Members Have a Crucial Role in Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Larimer County

Your Chamber continues to work with the Larimer County Health Department encouraging our community to take part in our Drive to 65. Here is a message from our county’s health director with more ways we can help strengthen our economy.

Businesses and Community Members Have a Crucial Role in Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Larimer County
By: Larimer County Public Health Director Tom Gonzales, MPH, REHS.

In Larimer County, cases of COVID-19 have significantly decreased in recent week...

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Northern Colorado COVID-19 Business Survey

As organizations that work closely with businesses on a daily basis, we want to understand the challenges your business continues to face in 2021.

We previously used results from regional and organizational surveys during this pandemic to help catalyze, design and mobilize funding tools, such as local loan funds and other local government or chamber of commerce responses, including some tax deferment, rebate and micro-grant programs.

We are collecting this information to better serve our b...

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NoCoInspire – Creating Workforce Pipelines

Your Fort Collins Area Chamber has been acutely focused on aligning, attracting and retaining talent as part of our work with Northern Colorado Prospers (NCP).  Employers have long shared with us concerns about the ability to create a talent pipeline and we took those concerns to heart in supporting the creation of NoCoInspire.org

NoCoInspire.org is a a one-stop, online shop for business to access internships, apprenticeships and more work-based learning opportunities. The Chamber and NCP pr...

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Search for Talent Continues

Last week the Chamber announced its annual Talent Summit. It will be Wednesday, September 30. We quickly got over 50 registrations. What’s with that? Aren’t we in a Covid-19 induced recession?

The answer can be found in an editorial on the 13th by the Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal. It is titled “Help Still Wanted, Believe it or Not.” Believe it.

The Editorial Board wrote “For more evidence that the labor market recovery is continuing, consider the Labor Department’...

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Some Economic Insights about Northern Colorado

Recently, I was invited to brief a bank board about Northern Colorado Prospers and my perspectives on where the economy is headed as we try to climb out of the Covid-hole. A PDF copy of my PowerPoint presentation can be found here.

In the middle of the presentation and in the ‘bonus slides’ section at the end you’ll find some interesting data. Some of it is unsurprising: initial unemployment claims filings soared mid-March through mid-April. The economic downturn was widespread but part...

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An Eye on the Long View

It’s hard to focus on far away tomorrow when today is a hot mess. The economic disruption caused by the government shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has us focused on the here and now. Who can think about swimming the English Channel when they’re dog paddling to keep their head above water in their backyard pool?

Even so, Chamber leaders are looking ahead five years. The Chamber is in Year 4 of the five-year strategic initiative called Northern Colorado Prospers (NCP).  NCP h...

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America is a Gift

Happy belated 4th of July! I hope you had a great weekend. For my part, I enjoyed a quiet weekend that included grilling and a hike.

More than I should have, I also enjoyed watching video clips of alarmed newscasters in places like Los Angeles showing massive displays of illegal fireworks going off. People were going to celebrate their country in their own way regardless of what some state and local governments had to say about it. (Note to governors and mayors all across the nation: You can...

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Re-igniting the Economy and Equality of Economic Opportunity

I want to cover a couple of economic issues with this post: re-igniting the regional economy and equality of economic opportunity.

Regarding the first, you may have seen the recent story in BizWest titled “Economic developers draft plan to reignite business recovery.” It’s about a coordinated effort on the part of chambers and economic developers in the region to understand what happened to the economy due to the public health shutdown of the economy. Further, we are exploring what can ...

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Making a Better Community

Our ability to look forward pulls us into the future and picks us up when we’ve been knocked down.

The past several months has put all that to test. The extended public health response to the novel coronavirus has left a lot of economic rubble. We’re looking up from the bottom of a deep hole…but now we’re starting to see good economic news:

A V-shaped economic recovery looked unlikely but now the numbers are shooting up.
Last Friday's unemployment report showed that 2.5 mill...

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