Fort Collins Area Chamber Recognized for Northern Colorado Prospers Campaign

Feb 16, 2018 | Chamber News

FORT COLLINS, COLO. – February 16, 2018 – The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce was recognized for its Northern Colorado Prospers 5-Year Initiative and as a result received the Outstanding Program Award from the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.). The award was given during the 2018 W.A.C.E Annual Conference held February 7-9 in Henderson, Nevada.

W.A.C.E. is a professional development organization and provides training and support for chamber executives and staff in 19 Western states and Canada, with more than 800 members.

Northern Colorado Prospers is the Chamber’s $3.8 million campaign to address Northern Colorado’s main business challenges: transportation (Fix North 1-25), labor force, business environment and retaining key employers.

“All recipients (5 in total) were deemed to excel in one or more areas,” said Dave Kilby, President of W.A.C.E. “When you look at this (campaign), it’s tackling big issues. Northern Colorado Prospers is a shining example of what all chambers should do.”

During the review of award applications, W.A.C.E. looks for chamber programs that “meet and exceed the requirements of performing in a core competency area and/or provide an exemplary example being a 3C Chamber – a Catalyst, Convener, or Champion.” The submitted program must have “met or exceeded the chamber’s goals and MUST be able to be replicated by other chambers.”

“This award signifies the instrumental work that is being done through Northern Colorado Prospers,” said David May, President & CEO, and who accepted the award on the Chamber’s behalf. “It’s a tribute to the Chamber Board and the Northern Colorado Prospers investors. They are focusing on big issues that matter to our area. They deserve this recognition.”


About Northern Colorado Prospers

Northern Colorado Prospers is a five-year strategic initiative designed to address transportation, labor force, business environment and retaining key employers. With these challenges four actionable goals have been determined:

  • Fix I-25: Help secure the $1.7 billion necessary to widen North I-25 between Fort Collins and Longmont (
  • Align, Attract and Retain Talent: Advance a competitive advantage for both area employers and workers
  • Bold Voice of Business: Advocate for business and ensure a high quality of life for all residents
  • Expand and Retain Existing Business: Increase business in Northern Colorado and create jobs.

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About the Fort Collins Area Chamber

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is a business and community advocacy organization made up of more than 1,220 member businesses. The only 5-star accredited Chamber of Commerce in Colorado, the Chamber acts as a front door to the community and a resource for people looking to relocate, in addition to acting as an advocate for business and overall quality of life in Northern Colorado. For more information, visit