Fort Collins

Chamber Launches Big Campaign

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
In-kind trades
Advertising
Memberships
Key strategic regional initiatives

Here’s a little more regarding each of the categories:...

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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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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.

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Co...

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Make an Imprint on the City for a Generation

Would you like to have a say about traffic in Fort Collins? How about housing affordability, land use, and growth management? Well, the Chamber has an opportunity of you!

Every 7-10 years the local city government initiates a comprehensive community planning process known as City Plan. The process is now underway to update City Plan for the next 20 years.

This should matter to businesspeople because the results of City Plan are used to give the City Council high-level policy guidance and i...

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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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Small Business of the Year Annual Breakfast May 24, 7:30 AM, Drake Centre

Plan to join us on Thursday, May 24 at the Small Business of the Year Annual Breakfast. It will be at the Drake Centre, 802 W. Drake Rd.

The Chamber started this event in 2012 with the intention of celebrating all the small enterprises in the area and recognizing a small group of worthy companies.

In doing, we celebrate the wonderful things that characterize small businesspeople including courage, innovation, self-initiated and independent.

Ask people why they started their businesses a...

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The Chamber and Government-Owned Broadband

Today is Election Day and on the local ballot is City Issue 2B. The measure was placed on the ballot by the City Council. It asks voters for the option of establishing city telecom services and issuing up to $150 million in bonds to build the system.

The Chamber opposes 2B. I’ve written about it here and here.

The ensuing media coverage and commentary have created some misperceptions, which I want to address.

First, the Chamber strongly believes having a well-connected community is im...

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New CSU Stadium a Great Community Asset

Aside from yesterday’s solar eclipse, the biggest local story has been Colorado State University’s new on-campus stadium. Now with the eclipse come and gone, it’s all about CSU.

This Saturday, the season’s first college football game in America will be here in Fort Collins when the Rams take on the visiting Oregon State Beavers.

The story of the process that led to building the new stadium is well-documented. Venerable but aging Hughes Stadium embodied a half-century of memories. B...

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Workforce and Infrastructure Rank 1 and 2

Last week I wrote about a strong economic ranking Fort Collins earned while also stressing the need to look at some of the underlying data. This week is a story about how states rank as a place to do business.

The study was done by CNBC. It scored all 50 states on 66 metrics in 10 competitiveness categories. You can find the list of rankings here and the related background story here.

Among their findings: workforce and infrastructure are the top issues and the U.S. labor market skills gap...

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$3.35M plan to tackle big regional issues nearly funded

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is in the final month of a campaign to raise $3.35 million to tackle big regional issues like workforce development and widening Interstate 25.

Known as Northern Colorado Prospers, this 5-year strategic initiative is the result of interviews conducted last summer with 59 leaders in Northern Colorado. The chamber's board of directors commissioned an Atlanta-based firm to gauge the level of concern on a number of issues. In order to get unfiltered res...

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