Northern Colorado Prospers Strategic Initiative

Driving the Future

UPDATE:  Fort Collins Area Chamber Secures $3.7M to Tackle Big Regional Issues


Northern Colorado Prospers is a five-year strategic initiative of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce designed to address four specific challenges facing business in Northern Colorado.

Our Region’s Challenges

The Fort Collins region is fortunate to have a strong economic base, with advanced technology, higher education, agriculture, health care, manufacturing, energy development, and state and federal government forming the diverse and resilient heart of our economy.  At the same time, Northern Colorado faces significant challenges to its future success and prosperity.

The resources raised by Northern Colorado Prospers will help alleviate the challenges Northern Colorado faces. Below are the four main challenges and the Northern Colorado Prospers goals for each.


Crippling, dangerous congestion along the essential I-25 corridor.  Unless addressed, three-hour trips to DIA and Denver will become routine.

Goal 1:  Fix I-25 

Why: Safe and efficient travel is essential to our families and businesses.

Action: The Fort Collins Area Chamber will continue to lead a comprehensive, multi-year lobbying and communication campaign to secure the $1.7 billion necessary to widen North I-25 between Fort Collins and Longmont.

Labor Force:

Under-employment and talent shortages are a growing problem.  Fort Collins ranks ninth in the nation in under-employment, and with older workers aging out of the workforce, key sectors are now experiencing talent shortages with more on the way.

Goal 2:  Align, Attract and Retain Talent

Why: Our region needs a dynamic labor market that provides employers with the talent they need both today and in the future.

Action: Through Northern Colorado Prospers, the Fort Collins Area Chamber will implement strategies to ensure a competitive advantage for are employers through quality workers and for are workers through quality jobs.

Business Environment:

While our current situation is relatively business-friendly, history has shown that the environment can change very quickly.

Goal 3: Bold Voice of Business

Why: Unpredictable, costly government kills jobs and investment.

Action: The Fort Collins Area Chamber will serve as the voice of business to aggressively advocate the perspective of business and ensure public officials and residents understand the strong connection between business vitality, jobs and having a the means to afford public services that greatly enhance the quality of community life, such as good schools, parks and bike paths.

Retaining Key Employers:

No consistent, systematic program exists to identify problems and expansion opportunities of existing key employers.  The community must be proactive in its relationship with key employers to help them solve problems and expand.  An insufficient level of support for key employers increase the level of risk to the local economy.

Goal 4: Expand and Retain Existing Business

Why: The most effective way for a community to experience job growth is from the retention and expansion of existing businesses.

Action: The Fort Collins Area Chamber and key partners will deliberately and consistently meet with Fort Collins-Loveland area employers to express community support for them and to determine what can be done to help them.  As a result, thousands of jobs will be created over the next five years.


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Advisor Investors:

Advance Tank and Construction
Air Comfort
Alberta Development
BizWest Media
Brown and Brown of Colorado
Bryan Construction
Chrisland Commercial
Colorado Eagles
Columbine Health Systems
Connell Resources
Cornerstone Home Lending
Dellenbach Motors
Dohn Construction
Ed Carroll Motor Co.
First National Bank
Flood and Peterson
Fort Collins Automotive Dealers Association
Forney Industries
Fort Collins Dodge Jeep
Gregory Electric
The Group, Inc.
Group Mortgage
Harmony Club
Hensel Phelps
High Country Beverage
iHeart Media
Liley Law Offices
Loveland Ready Mix
M.M. Solutions
MGS Inc.
Mortenson Construction
Neuworks Mechanical
Odell Brewing Company
Palmer Properties
Pedersen Toyota
Platte River Power Authority
Quality Inn & Suites
RE/MAX Alliance
Saunders Heath Construction
Schrader Oil Co.
Spradley Barr Ford
Total Facility Care
Townsquare Media
TST Inc.
Water Valley Land Company
Western States Bank
Wray Plumbing & Heating


Booster Investors:

Adams Bank & Trust
Colorado Iron & Metal
Cushman & Wakefield
DaVinici Signs
DyeCrest Dairy
Emergency Physicians of the Rockies
Exponential Engineering
FirstBank of Northern Colorado
Fort Collins Heating & Air
Hydro Construction
LC Home
Neenan Archistruction
Northern Engineering
Power 10
Shirazi Benefits
Technical Framework
Toolbox Creative
US Bank
Vaught Frye Larson Architects
Walker Manufacturing
Wilbur’s Total Beverage
Workspace Innovations


Community Investors:

Cache Bank & Trust
COBiz Bank
Crossroad Towing
Windermere Real Estate
For more information regarding Northern Colorado Prospers or to get involved please contact Audrey Fraijo at or call (970) 482-3746.


“Funding and implementing the Northern Colorado Prospers strategic initiative will address our area’s key challenges, in addition to improving the quality of life and economic diversity of the Fort Collins area.”

—- David May, President & CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce