Fort Collins

Curt Richardson: ‘Failure is Just a Change of Plans’

Last Thursday evening, Curt Richardson was honored by BizWest with the Bravo! Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at the Embassy Suites.

It was a fun evening overall with a Master Class of successful area entrepreneurs answering audience questions, finalists of the Innovation Quotient Awards Innovation Challenge pitching their ideas, then the Bravo! Awards honorees being recognized.

It was all great, but Curt was especially fun to listen to because of his rags to riches s...

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“Fixing” Problems by Making Things Worse?

A month ago, I wrote a post titled “It’s a Crisis!” in which I poked fun at the special pleaders routinely parading up to the microphone at City Council meetings asking for official government sanction to address various so-called crises.

I declared if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, then offered my own market-based perspective on how to deal with the housing affordability ‘crisis’ in our fair city, which included:

Liberalize the over-restrictive 3-unrelated ordinance. Whe...

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IT’S A CRISIS!!

Hardly a week goes by without a group or individual appearing before the Fort Collins City Council to declare some crisis that needs formal city action and sanction.

Some are worth considering, while others are radical, disruptive, and expensive special interest pleadings. I’d like to say the latter are dismissed out-of-hand, but, unfortunately, sometimes common sense is not in residence at City Hall.

But, hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!

So for my contribution to the ‘cr...

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Find Your Job Candidates

Since we launched Work In Northern Colorado a couple of months ago, over 2,500 job listings have been posted on the site.

Your job postings on Indeed.com automatically post to the Work In Northern Colorado site.

Next up is a full-blown marketing campaign to promote the site. A marketing team from our site developer will spend time in Northern Colorado next week focused on how to best tell our story. They’ll be meeting with employers and residents about the virtues of living and working h...

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Continuing Thought Leader Speaker Series with Dan Heath

We are just a few days away from the 2019 Thought Leader Speaker Series. This signature event brings in nationally renowned authors, influencers and other leaders to share insights that will change the way you do business. This year, New York Times best-selling author, Dan Heath, returns to town, to speak of his latest book, The Power of Moments.

Here are the top reasons to attend the 2019 event:

Interact with one of America’s top business thinkers
Self- and/or professional developm...

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Proposed Charter Amendment 1 a “Solution” in Search of Problem

Change can be good, but change for change sake can be foolhardy. Take the Citizen-Initiated Charter Amendment No. 1 on your Fort Collins City ballot. It calls for the creation of a full-time city council with commensurate compensation.

Before getting to the main reasons why this is ill-advised, let’s address the fact that the main proponent of this measure is also running for city council. Is the objective here really to fix something that’s broken or provide a known community activist wi...

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The State of Business in Northern Colorado

On Friday, the Chamber hosted its first Issues Over Easy event at the Fort Collins Marriott.

We had over 60 business people in attendance to learn about current issues impacting business growth and community.

I gave a presentation on the State of the Business, we introduced Chamber endorsed candidates for City Council and concluded with a briefing on the Chamber’s Livability Agenda for 2019.

Special thanks Fusion Tech Media for the support and sponsorship of this inaugural event....

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A Big Night of Thanks

The Chamber’s Annual Dinner was last Wednesday night. It was a big night of thanks.

It started with a shout out to the sponsors of the event and there were a lot of them including:

Gold Sponsors - Comcast, Elevations Credit Union, High Country Beverage, Hilton Fort Collins, LOCALiQ, UCHealth and Woodward
Silver Sponsors - Brock & Company and Coan, Payton & Payne
Reception Sponsor -BKD
Bronze Sponsors - Brinkman Construction, Cushman & Wakefield, Flood and Peterson,...

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Manufacturing Robust in Fort Collins-Loveland Area

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:

“Overa...

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What Fort Collins Residents are Thinking

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.

Then voters were asked “Wh...

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