Region

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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Growing Cooperation for Regional Economic Development

On tonight’s Fort Collins City Council Work Session agenda is a presentation by area public sector economic developers. The purpose is a show of unity among the economic developers in the Larimer and Weld counties. They have been on the speaking circuit telling this story to city councils, county commissions and town boards.

It’s good to see this and follows the trend over the years of more and more regional cooperation. Recently the two county workforce development boards held their firs...

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Manufacturing Robust in Fort Collins-Loveland Area

There’s a story in this morning’s BizWest News Morning Report titled “Manufacturing leaders launch national tour from Northern Colorado, Boulder Valley.” It’s about the National Association of Manufacturers kicking off a two-week, 25-city national tour here in Colorado.

That includes a stop this afternoon at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Fort Collins where I’ve been asked to share a few thoughts on the ‘state of manufacturing’ in our area. Following are my remarks:

“Overa...

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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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