Economy and Jobs

Your Breakfast Courtesy of Self-interested Strangers

A semi-frequent topic for me in this space is the importance of business and free enterprise. As a student of economic systems and of history, it’s clear to me that some economic philosophies and systems are superior to others, while acknowledging that no economic system is perfect.

I’m on this topic again because of the recent polls indicating a small majority of young adults would prefer to live under socialism than capitalism. That sentiment is even being espoused by some newly elected...

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Telling Business’ Story

What do you think when you hear the word ‘business?’ Since most people reading this are members of the Chamber and are businesspeople, it’s probably something positive.

A longstanding concern, however, is: What is the public’s perception of business? In a community like Fort Collins with large public institutions it might be easy to overlook the impact of business and businesspeople on the community’s livability.

In August, the Chamber commissioned intercept polls at NewWestFest....

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The Search for Workers Picks up Pace

Finding workers is a big challenge for many employers in the area. In that regard, we’re not unique as this is a national problem.

As you know, to meet this challenge we launched Talent 2.0 in conjunction with other community partners. You can find more at A copy of the Talent 2.0 plan can be downloaded from the site.

The Chamber just hired Development Counsellors International (DCI), a place-marketing firm to help develop a talent attraction portal. That work is cur...

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Fort Collins-Loveland Economy Shows Well in Study

The Fort Collins-Loveland regional economy ranks well in a report just released by Area Development. Out of 394 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the United States, our area has an overall ranking of 19. The annual report is titled “Leading Metro Locations.” It looks at ‘a wide variety of data’ which culminates in an overall ranking and several others including Midterm Growth (ranked 16th), Economic Strength (28th), and Prime Workforce Rank (38th).

In Year-Over-Year Growth our ...

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Tools to Help Your Worker Recruitment Efforts

Finding workers is a special challenge for employers across America, including here in Northern Colorado. The Chamber has been working with other partners to provide information and tools you can use in your recruitment efforts.

Take a look at where you’ll find some useful resources including 11 downloadable PDFs about various aspects of living in Larimer County.

You’ll also find information about training grants, the workforce center, enterprise zone tax credits, w...

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Fort Collins Cited as a Top Place to Relocate To

For those of you responsible for hiring new employees, especially if you are recruiting from outside the area, here’s another resource for you to use. The website MoveBuddha lists Fort Collins as the 2nd most popular place to relocate to. You can find the story here and their list below. Texas has four cities listed, followed by Colorado and California with three each. Virginia, Florida and Michigan are the only other states with multiple cities on the list.

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Progress on Big Goals

Chamber leaders hosted the first Northern Colorado Prospers (NCP) Annual Summit on April 25 at the Colorado State University Lory Student Center Theatre. The purpose of the summit was twofold: report progress on the four goals of NCP and to seek investor input. NCP has 100 investors.

More than 90 people attended the summit. After a quick progress update, Chamber board members facilitated small group conversations. Overall, the feedback was strong and positive – "good progress," "keep chargi...

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Proceed Thoughtfully on 100 Percent Renewables

There have been several news stories recently about a group pushing the Fort Collins City Council to adopt a resolution supporting 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. Though interesting, maybe even desirable to many people, it is not a good idea in the short-term.

The following is a message I sent to the Fort Collins City Council on the issue, which they are discussing at tonight’s City Council Work Session.

Mayor Troxell, Mayor Pro Tem Horak, and Council M...

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Talent Summit Set for May 8

It seems like only yesterday millions of people were unemployed due to the so-called ‘Great Recession.’ Now every week there’s a story in the press about tight labor markets.

An example is a story posted yesterday on titled “14 States Hit Record-Low Unemployment”. According to the story “In March, eight states saw new record lows, including Hawaii (2.1 percent), Idaho (2.9 percent), Kentucky (4 percent ), Maine (2.7 percent), Mississippi (4.5 percent), Oregon (4.1 per...

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Don’t Ignore the Economic Census Next Month

Now here’s a fun topic: the Economic Census! Okay, maybe not real fun, but it is an obligation and the time to act is coming up soon.

Instructions to electronically complete the 2017 Economic Census will be delivered to businesses in May and a response (required by law) is due on June 12, 2018. It’s a good idea not to ignore this.

The Economic Census only comes out every five years and is the government’s official way of measuring the country’s businesses and economy. According to ...

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