Quality of Life

Study: 100% Renewable Energy Unrealistic at this Time

According to a just released study, the idea of the City of Fort Collins or Platte River Power Authority converting to 100% renewable electricity anytime soon is unrealistic.

The study was conducted on behalf of major electricity users in Northern Colorado by Energy Ventures Analysis, a DC-area energy consulting firm. In the report titled Review of Platte River Power Authority’s Zero Net Carbon Energy, EVA states “Attempting to replace Rawhide with a 100% renewable electricity supply woul...

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Tossing Dirt: An Additional Lane for I-25

Yesterday was a red letter day for Northern Colorado with the groundbreaking ceremony for an additional lane each way on Interstate 25 between Highway 14 (Mulberry) in Fort Collins and Highway 402 on the south edge of Loveland.

The ceremony was at the south end of park and ride at the southwest corner of I-25 and Highway 402. It was in the shadow of the growing mountain of gravel being moved from the Big Thompson Canyon that is being staged for the work on the interstate.

The big luminarie...

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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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Open House for Express Lanes on North I-25

If you want to find out the latest on what is happening to widen North I-25, here’s your chance. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is holding an open house regarding the express lanes between Johnstown to Fort Collins next Wednesday, June 27. There will be no formal presentation, so attendees are invited to arrive anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The open house is at the Ranch Events Complex – Larimer Conference Center, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO 80538.

Members of...

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Update on Funding for Transportation

With the end of the state legislative session a month ago, I’m still struggling to positively characterize what happened with transportation funding.

In a show of how important transportation was to legislators, the very first bill introduced during the session was Senate Bill 18-001 (SB 1), aka the Fix Colorado Roads Act. It held great promise. With $1.3 billion of new, unencumbered revenue in the state budget, the Legislature had the opportunity to put transportation back in the budget in...

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Fort Collins Cited as a Top Place to Relocate To

For those of you responsible for hiring new employees, especially if you are recruiting from outside the area, here’s another resource for you to use. The website MoveBuddha lists Fort Collins as the 2nd most popular place to relocate to. You can find the story here and their list below. Texas has four cities listed, followed by Colorado and California with three each. Virginia, Florida and Michigan are the only other states with multiple cities on the list.

Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Make an Imprint on the City for a Generation

Would you like to have a say about traffic in Fort Collins? How about housing affordability, land use, and growth management? Well, the Chamber has an opportunity of you!

Every 7-10 years the local city government initiates a comprehensive community planning process known as City Plan. The process is now underway to update City Plan for the next 20 years.

This should matter to businesspeople because the results of City Plan are used to give the City Council high-level policy guidance and i...

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Call to Action for Transportation Funding

We are well on our way to securing the necessary funding to assure the expansion of the North I-25 Corridor to two lanes by 2025.  But key to our success is the passage of a statewide bonding program to deliver no less than $3.5 billion in critical road projects across Colorado — including North I-25!  

We need your engagement with us today.  

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 1, the capstone legislative measure on transportation funding and finance, will be heard in the House Transportation Co...

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The Time is Now to Fund Transportation

The year 2018 is shaping up to be a critical year for realizing measurable progress on widening North I-25 and addressing Colorado’s transportation funding needs.

In a matter of weeks, CDOT’s contractors will break ground on Phase One of the North I-25 Express Lanes Project.  The project is the result of a unified commitment by local leaders, CDOT and our business community through the Fix North I-25 Business Alliance, to work collectively to secure the money necessary to make interchang...

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Transportation Funding Opportunity

On Monday the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting presented its quarterly revenue forecast to the Joint Budget Committee and the news was extremely positive. Similarly, the Legislative Council estimates the legislature will have a whopping $1.29 billion in new revenue to spend beginning with the July 2018 fiscal year.

This presents a unique opportunity for our state’s leaders to make truly meaningful investments in transportation statewide. There are several positive efforts...

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