It’s hard to believe that the calendar says November and that Thanksgiving is just 36 hours away. I don’t know about you, but this last year has gone by in the blink of an eye.  In observation of the season, I wanted to share several notes of thanks in my blog.

To our community business owners, thank you for creating places, spaces and things that make Fort Collins special.  You create a sense of community and are often at the whims of others – but continue to strive to create economic opportunity for your employees and your families.  We would not be Fort Collins without you.

To our not for profit and service organizations, thank you for creating and maintaining an important safety net for those most in need in our community.  You are on the front lines every day, making a difference in the life of an individual and we are a better community because of your compassion and dedication to success for all.

To our education friends, thank you for creating a pathway for success for our future workforce.  We have always been a “smart” community, but you are carrying a very heavy load with changing expectations, incredible mental health demands and fewer resources.  Thank you for creating safe learning spaces for our young people while visioning for the future.

To our government friends, thank you for your service to our community.  You are faced with the challenge of balancing regulation with unintended consequences and do so with an eye on community.  And to our elected officials, thank you for sharing your civic pride by placing your name on a ballot and working to understand larger issues and their impact on this place we call home.  Your drive to serve is appreciated and valued.

To our Chamber Board members, Local Legislative Affairs Committee members, Red Carpet Committee members, Moving Fort Collins Forward! Volunteers, Leadership Fort Collins Steering Committee members, Leadership Northern Colorado Steering Committee members and so many others that share their time, talent and experience with the Chamber, thank you.  Your investment in our organization is valued each and every day.  We can’t do the work we do without your support, insight and value add.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.


Mark your calendars!  Our friends at FirstBank are once again hosting Colorado Gives Day on December 6.  This is an annual one-day online giving event benefitting over 3,000 nonprofits and, as a result, all Coloradans. FirstBank partnered with Community First Foundation (CFF) in 2010 to create Colorado Gives Day, and since then, the giving movement has raised an astounding $362 million.

Coloradans can give as little as $1 to a cause they care about. Early giving begins on Nov. 1, all donations made from Nov. 1st through Dec. 6th will count towards Colorado Gives Day. Visit, where you can shop nonprofit/s by location or cause, and select the ones you’d like to donate to.

Keep in mind, the giving doesn’t have to end after Colorado Gives Day. You can help your favorite nonprofits year-round by visiting It’s a great way to show support to organizations that do so much to help our communities.

Ann Hutchison, President & CEO

November 22, 2022
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