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
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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The “Other” Transportation Problem

Because it’s the biggest transportation corridor, and arguably the biggest problem, I-25 gets a lot of attention.

However, it’s not the only problem. The north-south, east-west roads in the region are also critical to our mobility. In that regard, a conversation is underway in Larimer County about those roads.

In April an exploratory meeting was held with various stakeholders to begin exploring the issue and determine if there was interest in working on it together. The answer was ‘w...

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First Half of 2018 Great for Chamber and Community

The region continues to do well as demonstrated by the hard numbers like the low unemployment rate and anecdotally as you see new residential, commercial and public construction projects all over the area.

At the mid-year point of 2018, it has been a strong year for the Chamber. Here’s a quick overview on the top goals and activities.

Be a Bold Voice for Business

Help identify candidates for the Fort Collins City Council. The Chamber does not get involved in partisan politics b...

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Update on Funding for Transportation

With the end of the state legislative session a month ago, I’m still struggling to positively characterize what happened with transportation funding.

In a show of how important transportation was to legislators, the very first bill introduced during the session was Senate Bill 18-001 (SB 1), aka the Fix Colorado Roads Act. It held great promise. With $1.3 billion of new, unencumbered revenue in the state budget, the Legislature had the opportunity to put transportation back in the budget in...

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