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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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We are All in this Together, Six Feet Apart

Dear Members,

You all continue to impress me with your humanity, engagement and perseverance during a very difficult time. Our Chamber team has tried to reach all of you via email and phone. Those we’ve been able to talk with are appreciative of the personal contact and the chance to visit with a friendly voice. Same with us. The stay-at-home order is isolating, and we miss being with you in person.

The abruptness of the economic shutdown of business by government has left everyone scram...

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SMALL BUSINESS OWNER’S GUIDE TO THE CARES ACT

Last week Congress passed the CARES Act, which President Trump signed into law on Friday. CARES stands for ‘Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security’ Act. It is a $2.1 TRILLION emergency aid bill with three broad buckets: loans, direct relief and supplemental spending.

Fortunately, so you can quickly digest the CARES Act, the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has published “The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES ACT.”

Here are some key eleme...

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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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Transportation Commission Approves Additional $310M for North I-25

Last Thursday the Colorado Transportation Commission voted to preliminarily commit up to $310M in available funding to deliver the full and necessary funding to build the I-25 North Express Lanes between Fort Collins and Loveland.

The express lanes between SH 14 in Fort Collins to SH 402 south of Loveland are a part of the North I-25 Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins project and were originally slated as temporary infrastructure improvements. The new funds would provide the full fundin...

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April City Ballot will be Interesting

*Original column published in January 20, 2019 edition of the Coloradoan 

The next regularly scheduled City election will be April 2. It could be an eventful one for the community.

First of all, instead of voting on four city council seats, five are up for election. This is due to a vacancy in District 1 (northeast Fort Collins) created by the resignation of Council Member Bob Overbeck, who was elected in November as Larimer County Assessor.

Mr. Overbeck’s former seat will be filled ...

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NO to Amendment 73 and Proposition 112

By now you may have seen articles in the Chamber’s eWeekly SmartBrief about our positions on many of the local and state ballot measures. You can find more information here.

This week I wanted to give special attention to two issues that we oppose because one is targeted unfairly at small business and the other would wreck the state’s economy.

Amendment 73 (formerly Prop 93): Chamber Opposes

Background: This is an amendment to the Colorado Constitution. It would change the state in...

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Chamber Launches Big Campaign

Tomorrow is the official kickoff of the annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! campaign.

The campaign will run through November 15. During this time, 12 teams and 65 volunteers will secure funds and new members for the Chamber. Five categories of events, programs, and services are sold during the campaign, including:

Event and program sponsorships
In-kind trades
Advertising
Memberships
Key strategic regional initiatives

Here’s a little more regarding each of the categories:...

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Colorado Still in Running for Amazon Headquarters

After the initial flurry of stories about Amazon searching for a second headquarters location, it has been relatively quiet in the popular press though there have been regular updates in the business and economic development press.

As you’ll recall, the project involves a $5 billion capital investment and would lead to the creation of 50,000 jobs over the next 15 to 20 years.

In the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, 238 locations submitted bids. That list has been pared down to 20 finalists. The...

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Additional $250M Committed to North 1-25

Back in June I reported on an effort by Northern Colorado leaders to convince the Colorado Transportation Commission to direct more resources to North I-25. A delegation spoke to the Commission on June 21. We asked them to retain $200M already committed to North I-25 that had been contingent upon receiving a federal grant that did not come through. We also asked them to move all of North I-25 from Longmont (actually Highway 66 north of Longmont) to Highway 14 (Mulberry) in Fort Collins to the Ti...

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