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2022 Annual Celebration Rewind

Earlier this morning, the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the first part of the 117th Annual Celebration online. In the video, Chamber President & CEO, Ann Hutchison and 2021 Board Chair, Nicole Staudinger shared what was accomplished in 2021. Current Board Chair, Brett Kemp then presented priorities and where the organization is headed in 2022.

Click here or below is the link to the video.

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Welcome!

It’s incredible to think that we are already 18 days into the new year. Your Chamber has a long list of “things we want to get done this year” and continuing to attract, retain and align talent for the region is at the top of that list. We have been a convener and catalyst in this space for the last five years and are dedicated to implementing a variety of strategies to support employers in attracting and retaining the talent they need while ensuring a competitive advantage for area employ...

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Thanks and Happy New Year!

I can’t believe that 2021 is almost over.  As I look back on this last year, and my first as President & CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber, I am blown away by the talents and investments that community members will make into our organization.  I have been humbled and honored to serve in this role the last year – mostly because of the people that I get to work with on a daily basis.  Today’s blog is a bit of a thank you letter to the many people who make our community what it is.
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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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Community Leaders Inspire Change Leadership

Many of our readers are very well acquainted with Leadership Fort Collins, our signature program established in 1981 that is designed to broaden participant knowledge of the community while enhancing leadership skills, encouraging contribution to the betterment of the Fort Collins community, increasing the strength and effectiveness of community leaders, equipping participants to respond to the current and future challenges of the community and to provide opportunities for direct contact with in...

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Stay in Game Day Shape – Be a Business Cheerleader

Over the weekend I posted on my Facebook page that I was energized by the fact that I got to put on my CSU Ram gear on Game Day. Yes, my wardrobe is filled with green and gold—but there is something special about getting ready to cheer on your team (even if it is from your living room).

As I got ready for Game Day, I was struck by the fact that we all have a role in being a cheerleader and a fan of business during these uncertain times.

I’m so proud of the work that our economic partne...

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Hello From Your New President & CEO

Happy New Year from the Fort Collins Area Chamber to all of our business partners!  As an organization, we are excited to kick off 2021 and, as an individual, I am thrilled to be taking on the role of President & CEO at the Fort Collins Area Chamber.

My name is Ann Hutchison and I took on the reigns at the Chamber on January 1.  I am happy to say that many of you reading this blog already know me.  For those that I haven’t met yet, I look forward to connecting with you soon.

A lit...

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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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