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Registration Now Open for Business Appreciation Breakfast May 27, 2015

Registration is now open for the City's third annual Business Appreciation Breakfast on May 27, which is a part of Fort Collins Startup Week. The week-long event, which celebrates the community's entrepreneurial spirit, is sponsored in part by the City of Fort Collins.

Join us for a great morning honoring local businesses and hear from Jon Schallert, president of The Schallert Group Inc.,  an internationally recognized business consultant and speaker who helps businesses learn to turn themselves into "Consumer Destinations." This free event will be 7:30-9 a.m. May 27 at the Marriott Fort Collins, 350 E. Horsetooth Road.

Due to limited space, registration is required no later than May 22. Register here! Read more about Jon Schallert.

Questions? Contact Emily Wilmsen at or 970.221.6870.

Economic Health Strategic Plan (PDF)

City Council on June 2, 2015 is scheduled to consider an update to the Economic Health Strategic Plan. The proposed plan emphasizes more connections to the Social Sustainability and Environmental Services departments and addresses five key themes:

  • Community Prosperity: Employment opportunities exist across income and education/skill spectrums
  • Grown Our Own: The economic ecosystem fosters the development of new and creative industry
  • Place Matters: A balanced built and natural environment
  • The Climate Economy: Businesses adapt to climate change by staying in our community and leverage community carbon reduction goals to develop new products and services
  • Think Regionally: A region that partners to address economic issues that extend beyond municipal boundaries


Labor Market Profile 2014

Seonah Kendall, Policy and Project Manager in the City’s Economic Health Office presented this 2014 Labor Market Profile of Larimer County as part of BizWest Bixpo 2014 in September.

View the full report, a quick snapshot and the PowerPoint presentation.

Old Town Square Getting Facelift

After 30 years, it's time to refresh Old Town Square. As part of the vibrant Downtown experience, the public plaza portion of Old Town Square has been heavily used over the last 30 years. The infrastructure is reaching the end of its lifecycle and maintenance costs have increased, making it more feasible to create and implement a renovation plan. The Downtown Development Authority and its project team are committed to creating a high-quality, public gathering space that accommodates a variety of activities.

See the DDA's website to stay up-to-date on the project.

Video: A Look Inside Foothills Mall

See a video that gives an intimate look inside the Foothills Mall redevelopment with representatives of Alberta Development Partners. The large public-private project is scheduled to be completed by holiday season 2015. Public improvements include a pedestrian/bicyclist underpass under College Avenue that connects to the MAX Bus Rapid Transit and a new Foothills Activity Center. Updates are posted at

Urban Renewal Authority 2013 Year in Review

The Fort Collins Urban Renewal Authority focuses on redeveloping the urban core, particularly aging infrastructure and unsafe conditions. Read more about the URA's accomplishments in the 2013 Year in Review or get regular updates on URA projects at

Economic Health of the City of Fort Collins

Learn more about the Economic Health of the City of Fort Collins, its major accomplishments and upcoming goals and projects.

2012 Economic Health Overview.

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Working with the City of Fort Collins

The City of Fort Collins has a centralized Purchasing Division responsible for the procurement of goods and services in excess of $2000. The City always welcomes new vendors to join its list of quality suppliers for goods and services.

Related Information:

Sustainability Newsletter
City Sales and Use Tax License Office
215 North Mason Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: 970.221.6780
Economic Health
City Hall West
300 LaPorte Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Josh Birks
Economic Health Director
Phone: 970.221.6324
Purchasing Department
215 N. Mason
Fort Collins, CO 80522
Phone: 970.221.6775