Value of the Chamber

Cybersecurity: ‘They’ are Coming for You

I usually reserve this space to comment on some larger business or economic issue. Rarely do I use it to promote a Chamber event or product. But, sometimes the two merge, like the issue of cyber security.

Consider these stats (courtesy of cybintsolutions):

95% of breached records came from three industries in 2016 – government, retail, technology.
There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds.
Since 2013, there are 3,809,448 records stolen from breaches every day. That’s 158,727 pe...

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The Chamber: Where We Stand

A key role of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is to communicate the values and positions of the business community to government officials.

This matters because policymakers are being pushed and pulled by a multitude of interest groups and agendas. And, to a large degree, they are captives to their own backgrounds and many of them have no business experience. Though it’s difficult to agree on a common set of values and positions, it’s worth doing to offer some guidance in the de...

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A Big Night of Thanks

The Chamber’s Annual Dinner was last Wednesday night. It was a big night of thanks.

It started with a shout out to the sponsors of the event and there were a lot of them including:

Gold Sponsors - Comcast, Elevations Credit Union, High Country Beverage, Hilton Fort Collins, LOCALiQ, UCHealth and Woodward
Silver Sponsors - Brock & Company and Coan, Payton & Payne
Reception Sponsor -BKD
Bronze Sponsors - Brinkman Construction, Cushman & Wakefield, Flood and Peterson,...

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2018 was a Successful Year, 2019 should be ‘Interesting’

Happy New Year! Hopefully you’re recharging by enjoying some time off with friends and family during the holidays.

2018: Year of Successes

Everywhere you looked in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado you saw activity: commercial, office, and industrial buildings being renovated or built; orange cones for a multitude of street, highway and sidewalk projects; and scads of residential housing construction, landscaping and renovation projects.

Representative of the good news stories:

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Some “Hold the Date” Alerts for 2019

For those of you still checking email and getting ready for 2019, here are a few things for next year’s calendar:

January 10 – Multi-Chamber Regional Business After Hours, 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. at the Budweiser Event Center.
February 20 – Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration and Dinner, 5:00 - 8:30 P.M. at the Fort Collins Hilton
March 26 – Health Care in Your Future Summit. This event is held in the morning.
May 10 – Thought Leader Speakers Series. (Cont...

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Big Progress on Big Issues

Widening I-25, finding workers for area employers, standing up for business, and retaining key existing employers are all big priorities for the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.

As reported in this space several times during 2017, the Chamber hired a consultant in mid-2016 to interview business and community leaders about the area’s biggest challenges. That led to the public launch in March of Northern Colorado Prospers, a 5-year key strategic initiative campaign to tackle those four ...

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Let’s Talk Money

Tomorrow is the official kickoff of the Chamber’s annual campaign, Moving Fort Collins Forward. This is the 7th edition of the campaign. It will run from September 6 through November 16, ten-and-a-half weeks.

Some of you are probably thinking ‘Didn’t the Chamber just finish a campaign?’ Very good! Points to you for being observant. Yes, we completed a campaign in July, but it was for Northern Colorado Prospers.

The Chamber is focusing on long-term strategic issues like securing the...

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Big Thanks for a Big Campaign

Nearby is a recap of the Chamber’s annual Moving Fort Collins Forward! Campaign.  I hope you’ll take a minute to read it.

I want to extend my personal thanks to all of the people who supported the campaign.  We had company CEOs agree to have teams in the campaign and Vice Chairs that lent their prestige.  The team captains and team members were unbelievable and fun to work with.  Our leaders were Yvonne Myers of Columbine Health and Chris Otto of EKS&H.  This dynamic duo led us t...

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Credit Where Credit is Due

Last Wednesday evening 500+ people gathered at the Hilton for the Chamber’s Annual Dinner. It was great to hear the buzz in the room. People were so into visiting that it was hard to get the event started! And, it was great to see very worthy people honored for their contributions to the Chamber and community including outgoing Chair Yvonne Myers, outgoing Treasurer / Board Director Jason Ells, Allison Hines as Young Professional of the Year, Steve Tool as Volunteer of the Year and Karen Weitk...

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Chamber Priorities in 2016

Recently I reviewed with you what the Chamber got accomplished in 2015.

For 2016, the Chamber has another big year teed up. Subject to final approval by the Board the month, here are the top priorities for the year:

Lobby to secure funding to widen North I-25 to 3 lanes each way between Highway 14 in Fort Collins and Highway 66 north of Longmont. We have made good progress here over the past two years as I have previously reported but much remains to be done. We will be making a big push ...

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