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 (

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:


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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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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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Fort Collins-Loveland Economy Shows Well in Study

The Fort Collins-Loveland regional economy ranks well in a report just released by Area Development. Out of 394 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the United States, our area has an overall ranking of 19. The annual report is titled “Leading Metro Locations.” It looks at ‘a wide variety of data’ which culminates in an overall ranking and several others including Midterm Growth (ranked 16th), Economic Strength (28th), and Prime Workforce Rank (38th).

In Year-Over-Year Growth our ...

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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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Keeping Track of the Joneses

GOVERNING “is the nation's leading media platform covering politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders.” On GOVERNING’s website there is a tool that shows population migration between various parts of the country. You can find it here.

A look at Larimer County information shows some interesting things for the 2014-15 period (the latest data available). In that period

14,824 people moved into Larimer County, 11,576 moved out, net 3,248
$477,180,000 of g...

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