Fort Collins

Chamber Committed to Addressing Housing Affordability

It has been the rare conversation over the past few years in which the subject of housing has not come up.  Small retailers, large manufacturers and virtually every business in between has been impacted by the cost and availability of housing within our region.  Some may wonder why housing is an issue for the Chamber of Commerce when only a portion of our membership are in the business of building, selling and renting residential real estate.

The answer, of course, is relatively straight fo...

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Green and Gold Weekend Set for April 21-23

Weekend to Include RAM Life Career Fair

Green and Gold Weekend, hosted by Canvas Credit Union and highlighted by the UCHealth Green and Gold Game, has been set for April 21-23.

A complete list of all activities including parking information and registration links, if necessary, can be found HERE.

2022 RAM LIFE Career Fair

The second annual RAM Life Career Fair will be held during the Green and Gold Weekend from 6-8 p.m. on April 21 at Canvas Stadium.

The purpose of the event is to...

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Letter to Fort Collins City Council: Good Decisions Start with Good Data

February 22, 2022

Mayor Arndt and Members of Council:

Thank you for your dedicated service to our community.

With an ambitious agenda, it has been quite impressive to witness the speed at which this Council identifies and acts upon a wide range of issues.  As well, your commitment to engaging members of the community that had been marginalized in the past is highly commendable.  Much work remains ahead, though your leadership in this regard has established more inclusive dialogue that...

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Time to Pause and Reflect

It’s wonderful to have an occasional rainy day in the middle of summer.  As someone who grew up on the eastern plains of Colorado, I always appreciate moisture coming from the sky!  Rainy days inspire me to pause and reflect, even in the hustle of everyday demands.  Below is a catch-all of today’s observations.

Hats off to Chamber member and long-time volunteer Carrie Gillis! Carrie is the Real Estate Manager for a grouping of businesses here in northern Colorado and was inducted int...

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Thank Heaven for Green Thumbs

My sister Robyn and I were inspired to do some yard work over the holiday weekend. We’ve enjoyed visiting the Gardens on Spring Creek and seeing their delightful displays and we’ve been delinquent in moving the truck load of mulch created by City of Fort Collins from the spring storms from our driveway to the yard. Add to that a Saturday free of other commitments, and yard work moves to the top of the to do list.

I’m happy to report that we were successful in moving about a third of the...

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Springtime To-Do List

The sun is shining outside my window and I can’t wait for Spring to arrive.  If you are like me, you can’t wait to be able to spend time outside, soaking up the beautiful northern Colorado sunshine.  I’m already making my list of “things to do,” to get ready for and to embrace spring – and want to make sure you have filling out your ballot for the City of Fort Collins Municipal Election on that list.

The 2021 Election is on April 6.  The City of Fort Collins conducts its electi...

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Chamber Endorsements – Ballot Issues

Sound policy, consistency and predictability help businesses thrive. That’s why the Fort Collins Area Chamber examines policy issues in depth and takes a stand to protect the interests of businesses and their employees. This year, we are taking a stance on one critical ballot issue.  Below is what you need to know about this ballot issue and why it matters to the business community.

Proposed Citizen-Initiated Ordinance
(relating to the former Hughes Stadium property)

The Chamber is rec...

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Celebration! 

Your Chamber is in a special position that allows us to observe the larger community from several very interesting seats. One of those seats is that of cheerleader for the community and our leaders.

We celebrated several amazing leaders in our community at our Chamber Annual Celebration on March 3.  The online event allowed us to recognize some of the best of our community.  Thank you to Eric Lea, Cathy Crouse Mathis, Nick Haws, Pete Gazlay and David May for all you do to support the Chambe...

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Thank You and Best Wishes

This is my last official communication to you as President & CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce before I retire in a few days.

It has been a great honor for me to work with you over the past 17 ½ years on behalf of our business community and region. The community is better because of the efforts of the Chamber and because of your support.

I’ll spare you from my reminiscences! Instead, let me return to a theme I’ve repeatedly shared with you over the years: Thank God ...

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Voodoo and Potpourri

“My wife called down from upstairs with a question: ‘Do you ever get a shooting pain across your body, like someone’s got a voodoo doll of you and they’re stabbing you?’

Sounding concerned, I replied, ‘No….’

She responded, ‘How about now?’”

Ha! That’s pretty funny! Somebody sent this to me recently, and I had a good laugh.

Maybe it’s not all that funny, maybe I just needed to laugh, but it worked.

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Election Day is fi...

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