Working on Some Big Projects

We are charging ahead on big projects this year at the Chamber. Here’s a quick update on some of them:

  • Legislative session. Gratefully, the 2014 session of the Colorado General Assembly is complete. Business fared better this year than last. We have a wrap-up doc that we’ll be sending out in the near future.
  • I-25 funding. As reported previously, we are creating a two-county alliance to lobby for $965M to widen the interstate to 3 lanes each way between Highway 14 and Highway 66 just north of Longmont. Lobbying and communications plans are being developed, basic transportation funding 101 background papers have been written, alliance leaders are being recruited and we met recently with the Coloradoan editorial board. This is a big project and an important one for the area’s economy and quality of life.
  • City Council candidates. Next April is an election for City Council. Four of the seven seats are up for a vote. We are looking for great candidates and people willing to help get them elected. Decisions by local government have a huge impact on the business climate.
  • Competitive study. We get so focused on the rah-rah stuff to promote the community that it’s tempting to stop asking the hard questions about how we actually are doing as a community. How competitive are we really? What can we improve? We are about ready to commission a study to tackle those questions?
  • Website update. It seems like we just update the Chamber’s website, but it’s time again. We are looking for a re-launch this fall.
  • Fort Collins Works campaign. Related to the competitive study noted above, we also realize that we need to do a better job of talking with the public about jobs and economic development. We will be running a series of ads to communicate the importance of business and the need to remain focused on actions to keep the local economy strong.

That’s a hasty report on the big stuff. Thanks for your support. Let me know if you have questions about any of this. You can reach me at [email protected] or 970 482-3751 x 102.