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:
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.
Happy New Year! Hopefully you’re recharging by enjoying some time off with friends and family during the holidays.
2018: Year of Successes
Everywhere you looked in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado you saw activity: commercial, office, and industrial buildings being renovated or built; orange cones for a multitude of street, highway and sidewalk projects; and scads of residential housing construction, landscaping and renovation projects.
As a diversion from all the ‘world-is-about-to-end’ election news, here’s a good news story for you.
Our city was just named the fourth Best City to Raise a Family in the country by Livability. Fort Collins was described best for its sunshine, outdoor recreation opportunities, parks and family/pet friendly restaurants, breweries and activity centers.
It wasn’t just the candy stores (yes that was a ranking criteria) that put Fort Collins in the mix. Livability's data scientists and ...
Tomorrow is the official kickoff of the annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! campaign.
The campaign will run through November 15. During this time, 12 teams and 65 volunteers will secure funds and new members for the Chamber. Five categories of events, programs, and services are sold during the campaign, including:
Event and program sponsorships
Key strategic regional initiatives
Here’s a little more regarding each of the categories:...
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).
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.
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...