Economy and Jobs

Woodward Hexcel

News broke over the weekend about the planned merger of Fort Collins-based Woodward and Stamford, Connecticut-based Hexcel Corporation. The deal will close in the fall. Two companies serving the aerospace and defense industries will merge to create one company with a market capitalization of nearly $14 billion.

Woodward makes fluid-, motion-, and combustion-control systems for airplanes and heavy industrial and construction equipment. Hexcel makes composite materials and parts used by industr...

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(Northern) Colorado is Booming

SmartAsset just came out with the top Boomtowns in America and Colorado claims seven of the 50 top boomtowns nationwide, including the number one boomtown. More importantly, three of the top 15 are cities to the north of Denver.

The rankings are as follows: Longmont (#1), Greeley (#5), Denver (#7), Fort Collins (#15), Highlands Ranch (#30), Arvada (#34) and Thornton (#42).

To find the top boomtowns in America, SmartAsset analyzed economic data for 500 cities nationwide and considered the f...

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Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

When I do business retention and expansion interviews with primary employers, the main issue most of them want to talk about is labor force. More specifically, the lack of workers and how that’s impacting their companies.

The Chamber teamed up with other partners three years ago to form Talent 2.0. Founding partners include the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, City of Loveland, City of Fort Collins, One NoCo Economic Development, Larimer County Workfo...

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How to Help Your Company Win the Talent War

Work in Northern Colorado (aka Talent 2.0) is a major initiative of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.

In broad terms, it is focused on three major things: putting tools in the hands of human resource staff and recruiters to help with their talent recruitment efforts; creating future talent pipelines; and building an effective, collaborative workforce development system capable of producing the talent employers need now and in the future.

Last week, I laid all of this out at the La...

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Geezers to the Rescue?

Finding workers is a big, big challenge for many employers, as you probably already know. It’s a regular point of conversation with our members.

In light of that, an interesting story in the July 1 edition of the Wall Street Journal caught my eye. In a story titled “Gray Wave of Workers Gives Slow-Growing World a Boost,” reporter Sarah Chaney reports on the trend in countries with advanced economies of a growing labor participation rate by older workers.

Chaney wrote that “Labor-fo...

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The State of Business in Northern Colorado

On Friday, the Chamber hosted its first Issues Over Easy event at the Fort Collins Marriott.

We had over 60 business people in attendance to learn about current issues impacting business growth and community.

I gave a presentation on the State of the Business, we introduced Chamber endorsed candidates for City Council and concluded with a briefing on the Chamber’s Livability Agenda for 2019.

Special thanks Fusion Tech Media for the support and sponsorship of this inaugural event....

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Ramping Up Talent Recruitment and Development

Nearly every employer in Northern Colorado has challenges finding the talent they need. The problem is not unique to us; it’s a state and national issue, as well.

The areas of the country with a coordinated strategic talent-workforce development plan will be OK. Those that don’t will be talent exporters.

In that light, it was very encouraging to see the workforce development boards of Weld and Larimer counties meet jointly during the last week of February. To my knowledge, it’s the f...

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Manufacturing Robust in Fort Collins-Loveland Area

There’s a story in this morning’s BizWest News Morning Report titled “Manufacturing leaders launch national tour from Northern Colorado, Boulder Valley.” It’s about the National Association of Manufacturers kicking off a two-week, 25-city national tour here in Colorado.

That includes a stop this afternoon at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Fort Collins where I’ve been asked to share a few thoughts on the ‘state of manufacturing’ in our area. Following are my remarks:

“Overa...

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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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What Fort Collins Residents are Thinking

A mid-December telephone survey of 400 Fort Collins voters gives some insights into what people are thinking about. The survey reached 240 people via cellphone and 160 via land-lines.

First of all, people seem generally content with the community. When asked “Would you say that Fort Collins is heading in the right direction or in the wrong direction?”  70 percent said ‘right direction’, 20 percent said ‘wrong direction,’ and the rest didn’t know.

Then voters were asked “Wh...

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