Good News

2019 Great Year for Chamber and Region

Another year come and gone. In its roles as a catalyst, convener, and champion, the Chamber had a positive and proactive impact on the prosperity and livability of the Northern Colorado region. Following are a few highlights.

Champion for stronger communities

North I-25 is getting widened. In recent years, I-25 has been a perennial on our end-of-the-year list. In the recent past, it has mostly been about the funding secured for North I-25. And that is impres...

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Thank You!

To Our Chamber Members, a note of thanks to all 1,285 of you for being members and for all you do for our community and region. In the near future I’ll share some thoughts about 2019, but the short version is it has been a very good year for the Chamber and our area. As you look around, you can see it with your own eyes.

Even so, some people are struggling. We appreciate the work of our nonprofits for their service our community. Here’s a list of nonprofits, if you’re inclined to do a l...

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Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

When I do business retention and expansion interviews with primary employers, the main issue most of them want to talk about is labor force. More specifically, the lack of workers and how that’s impacting their companies.

The Chamber teamed up with other partners three years ago to form Talent 2.0. Founding partners include the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, City of Loveland, City of Fort Collins, One NoCo Economic Development, Larimer County Workfo...

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The World is Getting Better

Years ago, I read advice that said the best way to improve your outlook on life was to turn off the news! And, with respect to my friends in the news business, to a large degree it is good advice.

I would alter it by saying cap your news intake to a max of 30 minutes a day. Tuning out completely is a bad idea because it runs counter to a basic tenet of representative government, which is an informed citizenry.

But more than modest consumption and one might be led to believe it is the end o...

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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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Yvonne Myers, Leading Lady

This morning BizWest held its 11th annual Women of Distinction event. It was inspiring and humbling to hear the stories of the 11 honorees. A feature in this week’s Chamber SmartBrief e-Weekly newsletter highlights some of the recipients.

It was my honor to introduce ‘Leading Lady’ honoree this year, Yvonne Myers. She is a remarkable person. Following are my remarks:

“To all of the nominees and finalists, congratulations, and thank you for your contribu...

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Dear Santa,

I am sooooooo looking forward to seeing you Monday night!

Like always, no gifts for me please. I have all I need and more. But here are my requests for others.

For Colorado State University Athletic Director Joe Parker and Head Football Coach Mike Bobo, at least 8 wins next season, and 9 would be better.

$1.5 billion for North I-25. After being ignored for half-a-century it needs some love.

Coats, boots, and gloves for all elementary school kids in the community. To help you out, San...

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Telling Business’ Story

What do you think when you hear the word ‘business?’ Since most people reading this are members of the Chamber and are businesspeople, it’s probably something positive.

A longstanding concern, however, is: What is the public’s perception of business? In a community like Fort Collins with large public institutions it might be easy to overlook the impact of business and businesspeople on the community’s livability.

In August, the Chamber commissioned intercept polls at NewWestFest....

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Thankful

In this week of Thanksgiving, here are a few of the things for which I am thankful:

My good health. Everything begins and ends there.
My family… how lucky am I.
Beautiful vistas and wonderful places to hike in Colorado and the West.
Chamber leaders and active members. As a Chamber staff we know we are very fortunate to work with and around wonderful people.
Speaking of that, I am thankful for the staff we have at the Chamber. It’s a pleasure to spend your days with competent...

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Fort Collins Ranks as a Best City to Raise a Family in the U.S.

As a diversion from all the ‘world-is-about-to-end’ election news, here’s a good news story for you.

Our city was just named the fourth Best City to Raise a Family in the country by Livability. Fort Collins was described best for its sunshine, outdoor recreation opportunities, parks and family/pet friendly restaurants, breweries and activity centers.

It wasn’t just the candy stores (yes that was a ranking criteria) that put Fort Collins in the mix. Livability's data scientists and ...

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