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...
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...
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...
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...