Good News

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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Grade A for Health Care in Northern Colorado

Today feels like ‘health care day’ based on my calendar and the information coming across my desk.

First, I got to tour the new Columbine Patio Homes. They are off Torino Circle located behind New Mercer Commons and beside The Worthington. Of the 34 units, 20 have already been leased, and I can see why: they’re beautiful. (Full disclosure: I’m on the Columbine Community Advisory Board. There’s nothing in this for me, but some of you or a family member might have an interest in somet...

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Building Regional Leadership Capacity

Today, the 9th class of Leadership Northern Colorado graduated. It’s hard to believe the program is now 9 years old.

Like many good things, Leadership Northern Colorado got started after a setback. In 2006, leaders in the two-county Larimer-Weld region were intensively discussing the idea of a Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). RTAs are a tool provided under state law that enable local areas, with permission from voters, to identify a specific geographic area and pass a special tax fo...

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Fort Collins-Loveland Area High on Best-Performing Cities List

Following is the full copy of a January 10 press release from Milken Institute listing its Index of Best-Performing Cities. The Fort Collins-Loveland MSA is #5.

Milken Institute Releases Index of Best-Performing Cities

Top-20 includes Provo, Raleigh, Dallas, San Francisco, Nashville, Atlanta

Six cities in Florida and four in California rank in top-tier

Milken Institute analysis demonstrates impact of policymaking
on jobs, wages, technology development, and other measures

SANTA MO...

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