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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Fort Collins-Loveland Area High on Best-Performing Cities List

Following is the full copy of a January 10 press release from Milken Institute listing its Index of Best-Performing Cities. The Fort Collins-Loveland MSA is #5.

Milken Institute Releases Index of Best-Performing Cities

Top-20 includes Provo, Raleigh, Dallas, San Francisco, Nashville, Atlanta

Six cities in Florida and four in California rank in top-tier

Milken Institute analysis demonstrates impact of policymaking
on jobs, wages, technology development, and other measures


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Big I-25 Milestone Reached

There was a lot of press coverage last week about the Colorado Department of Transportation and a contractor reaching agreement on a contract to widen I-25 between Highway 14 (Mulberry) in Fort Collins and Highway 402 just south of Loveland.

In some ways this is old news, while at the same time it’s an important milestone.

It’s old news in the sense this has been in the works since last spring and summer. A contractor bid process was supposed to lead to a contractor being named at the ...

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What’s Next for North I-25?

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday, December 13) is the Regional Issues Summit at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. One of key topics will be North I-25 and funding for transportation.

The Colorado Department of Transportation’s new Director, Mike Lewis, will be a speaker followed by a panel of others working on North I-25 funding.

So far, $550.5M is pledged for North I-25. For a refresher, here’s what has been committed:

$350.5M for Segments 7 & 8 (Hwy 14 in Fort Collins to Hwy 402 ju...

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Learn about the Big Issues in Northern Colorado in 2018

The two-county Larimer-Weld region has big issues in front of it. What is the latest with water development projects? When will North I-25 get widened to 3 lanes in each direction? What will happen to the oil and gas industry sector of the regional economy? In an election year with a term-limited governor, what is likely to happen during the upcoming legislative session?

Those questions will be addressed on the morning of Wednesday, December 13 at the annual Regional Issues Summit at the Emba...

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We’re making progress on I-25 funding in Northern Colorado

We continue to make important progress in funding expansion of north Interstate 25.

Last week the Colorado Transportation Commission announced an additional $200 million for north I-25. The money is contingent upon the award of a $95 million federal freight corridor grant being applied for by the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization.

If it comes through, it would be applied to widen a segm...

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Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance Tackles Regional Agenda

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce helped found a group in 1992 called the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance or NCLA. Originally it was a partnership with the 3 largest chambers in the area – Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland. Today it also includes Upstate Colorado Economic Development and the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance.

The regional decided to band together for mutual benefit. It was hard to get things done in Denver as individual communities and organizations.


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Workforce and Infrastructure Rank 1 and 2

Last week I wrote about a strong economic ranking Fort Collins earned while also stressing the need to look at some of the underlying data. This week is a story about how states rank as a place to do business.

The study was done by CNBC. It scored all 50 states on 66 metrics in 10 competitiveness categories. You can find the list of rankings here and the related background story here.

Among their findings: workforce and infrastructure are the top issues and the U.S. labor market skills gap...

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It’s Great to be Us (and Keep Going)

When you look around Northern Colorado right now, what conclusion would you reach about the economy? Drive through most neighborhoods and you see landscaping projects, additions or new homes going in. There are lots of public projects such as the nearly completed Colorado State University stadium, work on I-25 and lots of street projects. Then look at the significant construction taking place at area businesses.

The conclusion most of us would reach is that the Fort Collins-Loveland-Windsor a...

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