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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Local Issues to Keep Eye on in 2018

This will be a busy year for Fort Collins.

The City Council recently discussed when to ask voters to consider renewing the Keep Fort Collins Great tax. It doesn’t expire until the end 2020, nearly 3 years from now. The early consensus seems to be the election April 2019. It looks like the City has a good story to tell, but it also has to justify the continuation of a temporary tax when the original reason – the Great Recession – is gone. This is a conversation not to rush.

Last week ...

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Can’t We All Just Get Along on Transportation

As I write this I’m supposed to be headed to the Annual BizWest Economic Forecast luncheon in Greeley. Instead, I found out yesterday that the hearing for an important transportation bill is scheduled for today in Denver so I’m getting ready to testify.

The legislative and political landscape in the Capitol is always interesting, but especially when the two legislative chambers are controlled by different political parties, and it’s an election year. Everybody declares their fealty to f...

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We Are All Amazonians Now

“Do you think there’s a good chance Amazon will select Colorado for its headquarters? Are you concerned at all about the impact on the local workforce?”

Since Amazon announced on September 7 it was searching for a location in North America for a second headquarters site, those questions have been asked of me several times. My answers are ‘yes’ and ‘yes.’ But before I elaborate, here’s more background.

Amazon announced that it would make a capital investment of up to $5 bill...

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