Quality of Life

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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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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Chamber COVID-19 Response Activities

At the Chamber our COVID-19 response is focused in six broad categories.

Getting customers to your business. To flatten the trajectory of the spread of COVID-19, public officials have imposed various restrictions on business. In response, we created “Open for Business” on our website to post information about your hours and services. Submit your information by emailing jumland@fcchamber.org. We are promoting the site through social media and other communication platforms.
Business as...

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Four Pillars for Transportation Funding; Coronavirus Update

A frequent topic for me is funding for transportation. With the Legislature in session, we believe it should pursue a four-pillar integrated strategy including:

make a long-term commitment to transportation, especially roads, from the General Fund to the tune of $300M to $500M per year;
increase fees on electric and low-emission vehicles. They are not paying the gas tax but they are using the road. Level that up.
refer a measure to the fall ballot asking voters to consider a modest in...

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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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Thankful

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The simple focus on gratitude and family is reassuring and grounding.*

Thankfulness and gratitude are part of my everyday outlook, but Thanksgiving is a special time to pause and reflect.

My Thanksgiving lists tend to repeat themselves year after year, but that’s to be expected. Some things are timeless that way.

Health is at the top of the list. It’s hard to do good when you don’t feel good. Being healthy is the top thing I’m thankful for.
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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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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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Find Your Job Candidates

Since we launched Work In Northern Colorado a couple of months ago, over 2,500 job listings have been posted on the site.

Your job postings on Indeed.com automatically post to the Work In Northern Colorado site.

Next up is a full-blown marketing campaign to promote the site. A marketing team from our site developer will spend time in Northern Colorado next week focused on how to best tell our story. They’ll be meeting with employers and residents about the virtues of living and working h...

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Region’s Population Continues to Surge

BizWest reported last week about the latest Northern Colorado population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. BizWest did a nice job with a story by Lucas High titled Timnath leads region in population growth. That was followed by an opinion piece by BizWest Co-Publisher Chris Wood titled Publisher’s notebook: Boulder loses, Weld surges in population.

Some of the smaller communities saw the highest percentage increases. From July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018, Timnath grew by 21.52 percent and ...

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