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Woodward Hexcel

News broke over the weekend about the planned merger of Fort Collins-based Woodward and Stamford, Connecticut-based Hexcel Corporation. The deal will close in the fall. Two companies serving the aerospace and defense industries will merge to create one company with a market capitalization of nearly $14 billion.

Woodward makes fluid-, motion-, and combustion-control systems for airplanes and heavy industrial and construction equipment. Hexcel makes composite materials and parts used by industr...

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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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(Northern) Colorado is Booming

SmartAsset just came out with the top Boomtowns in America and Colorado claims seven of the 50 top boomtowns nationwide, including the number one boomtown. More importantly, three of the top 15 are cities to the north of Denver.

The rankings are as follows: Longmont (#1), Greeley (#5), Denver (#7), Fort Collins (#15), Highlands Ranch (#30), Arvada (#34) and Thornton (#42).

To find the top boomtowns in America, SmartAsset analyzed economic data for 500 cities nationwide and considered the f...

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“What We Can’t Do Alone, We Can Do Together”

If you attended the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA) Regional Issues Summit this morning at the Embassy Suites in Loveland you might agree the theme for the morning was: Collaboration.

And that would mostly be true. Speaker after speaker talked about how we work well as a business community and region to protect and advance the interests of Northern Colorado. But the tension was palpable between state administrative officials and area health care and energy development officials....

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Your Business Voice Matters – Talk to Governor Polis

Government policy decisions matter to your business and the economy. Plan to join the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance as it presents the 2019 Regional Issues Summit on November 19 in Loveland.

Engage and join the conversation about the policy decisions affecting you, your business, our region and our state. Governor Polis is confirmed to speak at the Summit. The Regional Issues Summit will feature additional keynotes and panels of high-level decision makers, experts and business lead...

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Area Chambers have Strong Working Relationships

Last Friday, the Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced the hiring of a new president to replace Sarah MacQuiddy, who is retiring next month.

That got me thinking about both Sarah and the relationships between the area chambers of commerce.

First, Sarah is leaving well and on her own terms after a successful career at the Greeley Chamber- first as the tourism director and for the last 15 years as the chamber’s chief executive. In a business where the average tenure...

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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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More Millennials Here Compared to Other Areas of Our Size

Last week I briefed a major business on the economy and demography of the two-county Larimer-Weld region. Some of the information has been shared in this space in the past, but you can find the most recent version here.

A few gems:

Compared to other areas of our size, on average we have more Millennials, fewer people in the near retirement age bracket, less racial diversity, an average number of military veterans, and less violent and property crime.
The current two-county labor force...

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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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Major New Tool to Find Employees

The Northern Colorado Talent 2.0 Coalition launched a major new talent portal last week called Work in Northern Colorado (www.WorkInNorthernColorado.com).

Members of the coalition include the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Loveland Chamber of Commerce, City of Loveland Economic Development Department, City of Fort Collins Economic Health Department, Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development Department, One NoCo Economic Development, and United Way of Larimer County.

The web...

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