Fort Collins

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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Thoughts on the Economic Impact to the Fort Collins Area of the Shutdown

The Board of Directors of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce held its first-ever virtual Board Retreat yesterday. A lot of topics were covered including reopening businesses and rebuilding the economy. Here are observations I shared with directors about how the public health shutdown will economically impact the greater Fort Collins area:

Lack of vaccine = a cautious public = reduced economic activity = slower economic recovery (a Nike swoosh instead of a “V” recovery). An 80% ec...

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The Face Mask Requirement

The City of Fort Collins and Larimer County have both mandated that businesses open to the public require employees, customers and others entering the business to wear a face covering. Estes Park has also put into place a similar ordinance.

We understand these orders have caused confusion, have been challenging to implement, and have put front line employees in a difficult position of trying to police these orders. One thing that may help: Both the City and the County have created signage tha...

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We are All in this Together, Six Feet Apart

Dear Members,

You all continue to impress me with your humanity, engagement and perseverance during a very difficult time. Our Chamber team has tried to reach all of you via email and phone. Those we’ve been able to talk with are appreciative of the personal contact and the chance to visit with a friendly voice. Same with us. The stay-at-home order is isolating, and we miss being with you in person.

The abruptness of the economic shutdown of business by government has left everyone scram...

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Valerie Arnold

On Saturday one of our friends and active members, Valerie Arnold, died from cancer. She lit up every room she entered. An attorney who became a realtor, she was a former

Assistant Attorney General and counsel to Colorado Division of Real Estate. With the Chamber, Valerie was active with the Red Carpet Committee, the annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! campaign, and served on the Local Legislative Affairs Committee.

In the community Valerie served on the Board of Citizens for a Sustain...

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