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Much to the Thankful For 2020

There is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Here are a few things on my mind, big and small.

I’m thankful for the recalibration of 2020. It is clearer than ever that many things are really not at all important; others are vital. 2020 provided clarity.

Frontline healthcare professionals are a treasure. At a certain level, we’ve always been thankful for their skills. Now we’re very thankful. The same goes for all of the support people behind them. For every nurse on the Covid-...

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Businesspeople are Heroes and I’m Grateful to Have Served You

Last week I announced to the Chamber Board that I am retiring at the end of 2020. That information was shared with you as a member of the Chamber, is in this week’s electronic newsletter and has been in the press.

Before moving on to talk about the future and you, I’ve been encouraged to share a few comments about my departure.

First, it is bittersweet. I have the best job in town so giving it up does not make any sense, right? That is true! In general, I like to work, and I thoroughly...

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Thanksgiving in August

I love Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. No gifts, no grand celebrations. For me, Thanksgiving is thankfulness, gratitude, grace, family, and good food.

With a pandemic loose upon the land, a 95 degree day with wildfire ash falling from the sky, and a nasty political climate in our country, I am celebrating Thanksgiving in August to put all of that out of mind for a while to focus on the good stuff.

I am very thankful for my family. My wife is a saint and together we raised a daugh...

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Things You’re Not Supposed to Say

While pondering what to share with you this week, I started with the things I SHOULD talk about.

First, if you’re a golfer and tired of living in a virtual world, the Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament is August 3, next Monday. Plan to join the fun.

Then there’s our work to keep businesses open with the Keep NoCo Open campaign.

But what I WANT to write about is free enterprise, freedom, and equality of opportunity. Have we lost our collective minds? You’d think so from watching Yo...

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Making a Better Community

Our ability to look forward pulls us into the future and picks us up when we’ve been knocked down.

The past several months has put all that to test. The extended public health response to the novel coronavirus has left a lot of economic rubble. We’re looking up from the bottom of a deep hole…but now we’re starting to see good economic news:

A V-shaped economic recovery looked unlikely but now the numbers are shooting up.
Last Friday's unemployment report showed that 2.5 mill...

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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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