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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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Big I-25 Milestone Reached

There was a lot of press coverage last week about the Colorado Department of Transportation and a contractor reaching agreement on a contract to widen I-25 between Highway 14 (Mulberry) in Fort Collins and Highway 402 just south of Loveland.

In some ways this is old news, while at the same time it’s an important milestone.

It’s old news in the sense this has been in the works since last spring and summer. A contractor bid process was supposed to lead to a contractor being named at the ...

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2017 Great Year for Chamber

2017 was an ambitious year for the Fort Collins Chamber. In addition to a list of significant goals and projects, we also undertook fund raising for a major 5-year key strategic initiative called Northern Colorado Prospers. Here’s a summary overview:

The Chamber helped elect a City Council that respects and appreciates business. 2 of 3 chamber-endorsed candidates won
The Chamber continued to lead the lobbying effort through the Fix North I-25 Business Alliance to secure funding to wide...

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Dear Santa, Northern Colorado needs your help!

Dear Santa,

Hey, looking forward to seeing you shortly! I always enjoy time with you, even your "be a little nicer to government" lectures.

So here’s my list. Like last year, there’s nothing on it for me. I’m actually "divesting stranded assets," i.e., getting rid of junk from closets and the basement. But there are others in need, so maybe you can help.

Start with Colorado ...

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We’re making progress on I-25 funding in Northern Colorado

We continue to make important progress in funding expansion of north Interstate 25.

Last week the Colorado Transportation Commission announced an additional $200 million for north I-25. The money is contingent upon the award of a $95 million federal freight corridor grant being applied for by the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization.

If it comes through, it would be applied to widen a segm...

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Big Progress on Big Issues

Widening I-25, finding workers for area employers, standing up for business, and retaining key existing employers are all big priorities for the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.

As reported in this space several times during 2017, the Chamber hired a consultant in mid-2016 to interview business and community leaders about the area’s biggest challenges. That led to the public launch in March of Northern Colorado Prospers, a 5-year key strategic initiative campaign to tackle those four ...

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Let’s Talk Money

Tomorrow is the official kickoff of the Chamber’s annual campaign, Moving Fort Collins Forward. This is the 7th edition of the campaign. It will run from September 6 through November 16, ten-and-a-half weeks.

Some of you are probably thinking ‘Didn’t the Chamber just finish a campaign?’ Very good! Points to you for being observant. Yes, we completed a campaign in July, but it was for Northern Colorado Prospers.

The Chamber is focusing on long-term strategic issues like securing the...

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The Future is a Touch Screen

I’ve seen the future.

And of all places for an epiphany, I would never have imagined it being a McDonalds in Longmont, Colorado.

I was pressed for time to get to an I-25 Coalition meeting at the Weld County Southwest Service Center off of Highway 119 north of Longmont. It had taken me 75 minutes to get there from downtown Fort Collins, a trip of 30 minutes under normal circumstances. But, hey, I-25.

So, I did something I had not done before. I popped into the McDonald’s at that exit...

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