Quality of Life

Spread the Credit for I-25 Success

At a couple of economic update events recently, the widening of I-25 came up several times. The Chamber was recognized as a leader of this effort.

It is true that the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in the lobbying effort to secure money to get the interstate widened. We are quick to say, however, that we are a cog in a very big machine. There is an alliance of organizations and individuals that have invested substantial financial resources, time, and leadership to get...

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Chamber Backs Economic Development Group

Economic development is a process of deliberate intervention in the dynamics of the local economy by making business investment easier and more attractive. This process of influencing private sector investment is the engine for community economic growth.

For most communities, primary companies are the prize that drives the economy. Primary companies are those that sell at least half of their products or services outside the local market. These companies generally pay better than others so the...

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What Fort Collins Residents are Thinking

A mid-December telephone survey of 400 Fort Collins voters gives some insights into what people are thinking about. The survey reached 240 people via cellphone and 160 via land-lines.

First of all, people seem generally content with the community. When asked “Would you say that Fort Collins is heading in the right direction or in the wrong direction?”  70 percent said ‘right direction’, 20 percent said ‘wrong direction,’ and the rest didn’t know.

Then voters were asked “Wh...

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Your Breakfast Courtesy of Self-interested Strangers

A semi-frequent topic for me in this space is the importance of business and free enterprise. As a student of economic systems and of history, it’s clear to me that some economic philosophies and systems are superior to others, while acknowledging that no economic system is perfect.

I’m on this topic again because of the recent polls indicating a small majority of young adults would prefer to live under socialism than capitalism. That sentiment is even being espoused by some newly elected...

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Telling Business’ Story

What do you think when you hear the word ‘business?’ Since most people reading this are members of the Chamber and are businesspeople, it’s probably something positive.

A longstanding concern, however, is: What is the public’s perception of business? In a community like Fort Collins with large public institutions it might be easy to overlook the impact of business and businesspeople on the community’s livability.

In August, the Chamber commissioned intercept polls at NewWestFest....

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Thankful

In this week of Thanksgiving, here are a few of the things for which I am thankful:

My good health. Everything begins and ends there.
My family… how lucky am I.
Beautiful vistas and wonderful places to hike in Colorado and the West.
Chamber leaders and active members. As a Chamber staff we know we are very fortunate to work with and around wonderful people.
Speaking of that, I am thankful for the staff we have at the Chamber. It’s a pleasure to spend your days with competent...

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Boulder and Fort Collins #1 and #2 in Brain Concentration

An interesting report was just published by Bloomberg showing U.S. metro areas suffering a “brain drain” with the outflow of people with advanced degrees and white-collar job losses and pay reductions in science, technology, engineering and math.

And a companion index called “Brain Concentration Index” shows just the opposite. Colorado is well represented on this list as the state with three cities – 1. Boulder 2. Fort Collins, and 10. Denver.

The top 15 cities on the brainpower ...

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Fort Collins Ranks as a Best City to Raise a Family in the U.S.

As a diversion from all the ‘world-is-about-to-end’ election news, here’s a good news story for you.

Our city was just named the fourth Best City to Raise a Family in the country by Livability. Fort Collins was described best for its sunshine, outdoor recreation opportunities, parks and family/pet friendly restaurants, breweries and activity centers.

It wasn’t just the candy stores (yes that was a ranking criteria) that put Fort Collins in the mix. Livability's data scientists and ...

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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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