Value of the Chamber

Thank You and Best Wishes

This is my last official communication to you as President & CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce before I retire in a few days.

It has been a great honor for me to work with you over the past 17 ½ years on behalf of our business community and region. The community is better because of the efforts of the Chamber and because of your support.

I’ll spare you from my reminiscences! Instead, let me return to a theme I’ve repeatedly shared with you over the years: Thank God ...

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Ann Hutchison, the Executive Committee, and Moving Fort Collins Forward

As members, you’ve probably seen the news about the Chamber’s Executive Vice President Ann Hutchison being promoted to President & CEO effective January 1. A big congratulations to Ann! She will bring new energy and ideas to the Chamber while providing continuity and stability during the pandemic recovery and economic rebuilding. I hope you extend to her and the Chamber the high level of help and support you provided to me.

A big thank you to the Chamber Executive Committee for the ex...

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The Chamber and the Pandemic Response

The Chamber has been sending a lot of information to you about specific loan programs and other resources to help you adapt to a pandemic world. It’s time for me to pull that together for a general overview.

Respond. In early March we started to pivot toward this threat. With the pending then subsequent mandatory government shutdowns in mid-March we were creating resources and communicating funding options to members:

We created an “Open for Business” page as a platform for area bu...

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2019 Great Year for Chamber and Region

Another year come and gone. In its roles as a catalyst, convener, and champion, the Chamber had a positive and proactive impact on the prosperity and livability of the Northern Colorado region. Following are a few highlights.

Champion for stronger communities

North I-25 is getting widened. In recent years, I-25 has been a perennial on our end-of-the-year list. In the recent past, it has mostly been about the funding secured for North I-25. And that is impres...

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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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