Fort Collins

Fort Collins Land Development Code

Please help us share the word: DO NOT SIGN THE PETITIONS TO REPEAL ORDINANCE #114 AND #115.

Your Chamber has teamed up with an impressive array of businesses, leaders in the non-profit sector, and housing advocates to help share insight into the new code and to amplify the need for a more diverse, affordable housing supply in Fort Collins.  At, you’ll find a wealth of resources to help understand what the new code does and does not do.  As well, you’ll find responses to...

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Stand With Us — Don’t Sign!

[Note: the following has been adapted courtesy of Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity]

As a Chamber member, we know that you value the opportunities that come when housing is affordable, inclusive, and thoughtful in design. That's why we are asking that you DO NOT SIGN the petition to repeal the Land Development Code that will be circulating around Fort Collins over the next few weeks.

Wait, what's happening?
After years of community engagement and input, City Council recently adopted...

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How Will Your Organization Be Affected By A Local Minimum Wage?

The Fort Collins City Council is continuing the process of establishing a local minimum wage (LMW) that potentially impacts every employer operating within the city.

City Council will consider, on Tuesday, November 15, three options regarding the implementation of a Local Minimum Wage.

Option 1: Goal of $19/hour

2023 – $13.65 (estimated Colorado Minimum Wage based on inflation)

2024 – $15.15

2025 – $16.90

2026 – $18.50

2027 – Plus CPI (Consumer Price Index; min. ...

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Making Your Vote Count

Welcome to fall Chamber members!  The arrival of cooler temperatures, a bit of snow and clear blue skies reminds all of us that it is election season.  We are releasing our SmartBrief a day early to remind each and every one of you to VOTE!  Your individual voice is incredibly important to the success of our community.

I am incredibly proud of the thoughtful review and consideration that our staff, our Local Legislative Affairs Committee, our Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance and ...

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Small Businesses Succeed with GRIT, Adaptability and Heart

We hosted our final event of Small Business September this morning and were thrilled to have 150 people join us at The Lyric to be inspired.  Guests had the opportunity to hear from CSU Football Coach Jay Norvell, CSU Women's Volleyball Coach Tom Hilbert, CSU Dean of the Business School Beth Walker and Julie Weber, former Vice President and Chief People Officer at Southwest Airlines.  As I reflect on the comments shared by each of our speakers (especially as I put back on my small business ow...

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Local Minimum Wage: Business Voice Needed Tonight

Last week I shared with our members the possibility that this City Council will pass before the end of the year a local minimum wage of $19/hour by 2026 with escalations of 5-15% each year until we hit $19 and regular updates after.  I encourage the business community to review that blog and to activate your voice with community decision makers.  As I speak with business owners of all sizes, the common refrain is that you are unable to find the talent you need (even though you are already inc...

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Time for Business to Activate

$19 per hour. Is your business ready to absorb this new cost driver?

At their most recent Work Session on September 6, 2022, the Fort Collins City Council once again considered a proposed ordinance to establish a local minimum wage.  A vote on the ordinance is scheduled for first reading on November 15 followed by a second reading on December 6.  If passed, local employers will be required to implement the new wage standard effective January 1, 2023.

Four of the six councilmembers pr...

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Chamber Positions on 2022 Municipal Ballot Items

Fort Collins City Council has placed three items on the November 8, 2022 ballot: Moving the municipal election cycle to November of odd-numbered years; Increasing Council compensation; and Ranked Choice Voting. All three issues would change our City Charter.

After in-depth review by staff, the Local Legislative Affairs Committee (LLAC) and the Board, the Fort Collins Area Chamber has elected to take NO POSITION on changing the election cycle and compensation as the impact to business is co...

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Economic Tracker Update

It's time again for our monthly update to the Economic Tracker.  Your Fort Collins Area Chamber, working with other economic development and business support organizations across the region created a tool to track the economic recovery in Northern Colorado. This valuable resource is a set of indicators that represent critical aspects of the Larimer and Weld County economies, is based on data that is accessible in a useable format and is updated frequently with little lag time. The Economic Tra...

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State of Business Event is Next Week

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce presents the second annual State of Business event from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on June 29, 2022 at The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch.

This signature event was established to showcase the current status of business in Fort Collins and the surrounding area. Topics will include reigniting the economy, economic trends, the value of  jobs and workforce and more. The event will also feature how your Chamber is working for business at the state and local levels.


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