Government Affairs

Making Your Vote Count

Welcome to fall Chamber members!  The arrival of cooler temperatures, a bit of snow and clear blue skies reminds all of us that it is election season.  We are releasing our SmartBrief a day early to remind each and every one of you to VOTE!  Your individual voice is incredibly important to the success of our community.

I am incredibly proud of the thoughtful review and consideration that our staff, our Local Legislative Affairs Committee, our Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance and ...

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Chamber Produces Monthly Advocacy Newsletter 

Making sure you have a seat at the table and a well-versed voice in the conversations that matter most is important. At the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, we will continue in our role as the lead "voice of business" articulating the perspective of business and ensuring public officials and residents understand the importance of a thriving business community to total community quality of life.

To make sure you are well informed on current issues impacting business, we have created a St...

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State of Business Event is Next Week

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce presents the second annual State of Business event from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on June 29, 2022 at The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch.

This signature event was established to showcase the current status of business in Fort Collins and the surrounding area. Topics will include reigniting the economy, economic trends, the value of  jobs and workforce and more. The event will also feature how your Chamber is working for business at the state and local levels.

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2022 State of Business Event

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce presents the second annual State of Business event from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on June 29, 2022 at The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch.

This signature event was established to showcase the current status of business in Fort Collins and the surrounding area. Topics will include reigniting the economy, economic trends, the value of  jobs and workforce and more. The event will also feature how your Chamber is working for business at the state and local levels.

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Under the Dome: An NCLA Debrief on Key Issues Affecting NoCo Business

An NCLA Debrief on Key Issues Affecting NoCo Business

In an ever-evolving political landscape, the 2022 Legislative Session finally ended on May 11.  After three years of policy turmoil for Colorado’s business sector, the session offered a mixed bag of policy outcomes on the key issues affecting businesses in Northern Colorado.

In important areas, namely environment and labor policy matters, the policy decisions emerging from the 2022 legislative session will contribute to a further ero...

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Letter to Fort Collins City Council: Good Decisions Start with Good Data

February 22, 2022

Mayor Arndt and Members of Council:

Thank you for your dedicated service to our community.

With an ambitious agenda, it has been quite impressive to witness the speed at which this Council identifies and acts upon a wide range of issues.  As well, your commitment to engaging members of the community that had been marginalized in the past is highly commendable.  Much work remains ahead, though your leadership in this regard has established more inclusive dialogue that...

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Moratoriums and Mandates

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks here at the Chamber.  I’ve been invited to join several conversations related to moratoriums and mandates and wanted to share a few perspectives with our membership.

What is a mandate and how do we feel about that here at the Chamber? Our good friend Merriam-Webster (the dictionary folks) defines mandate as “to officially require (something): make (something) mandatory.”  Separately, a moratorium is defined as “a waiting period set by an au...

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Advocacy Support for Business

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce has long been a business advocate, attending every City Council meeting, standing up on key issues and sharing a pragmatic view point. We make sure you have a seat at the table and a well-versed voice in the conversations that matter most is important.

We are excited that our first Advocacy Newsletter landed in members email boxes yesterday with the intention to keep you updated on issues impacting business, ways to contact your elected officials and ...

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Council to Business: Meh

With the financial model for the news media, particularly newspapers, under duress, good local journalism is hard to maintain. Credit the Coloradoan for a recent story about the performance of the City Council elected in April. The article by Jacy Marmaduke is titled “Progressive Pivot” and can be found in the Sunday, December 1 edition.

It’s worth reading. There’s a lot to unpack in the article. One obvious takeaway is the disinterest in business and the local economy by the Council....

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At the Table or On the Menu

The origin of the saying ‘You’re either at the table or you’re on the menu’ is unknown to me, but it is frequently used when talking about business and its relationship with government.

In a way it’s equal parts sad, cynical, and realistic. It’s sad that sometimes government and non-business community activists see businesspeople as an easy mark to pay for their agendas or assume responsibility for non-business oriented social issues. It’s cynical for people to think that way. B...

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