Registration is now open for the City’s fourth annual Business Appreciation Breakfast September 7, which will feature Ryan Wood, co-founder of the Under Armour apparel company, owner of Sweetwood Cattle Co. in Steamboat Springs and former Dallas Cowboys fullback.
Breakfast will be 7:30-9 a.m. at the Marriott Fort Collins, 350 E. Horsetooth Road. The event is free, but due to limited space, registration is required at fcgov.com/business/rsvp by September 5.
The Business Appreciation Breakfast honors businesses for their contributions to a healthy Fort Collins economy. The event is sponsored by the City’s Economic Health Office.
The City of Fort Collins Economic Health Office recently selected the first round of the 2016 Cluster Funding Allocation as part of its mission to partner with targeted local industry clusters and regional sectors that advance the economic vitality of our community.
This year’s recipients:
The City of Fort Collins opened its newest recreation center – the Foothills Activity Center – on Monday, March 28 as part of the public investment made in the redeveloped Foothills mall.
The $5.8 million center, which is just inside the mall across from the new parking garage, replaces the Youth Activity Center formerly located on Monroe Avenue. Child development, youth and adult sports, fitness and dance programs will be offered in the facility.
The Foothills Activity Center is part of the $53 million in public improvements funded by the Fort Collins Urban Renewal Authority for the $313 million mall redevelopment. The public funding supports new sidewalks, improved pedestrian and bicycle access, improved safety and a new underpass under College Avenue that will connect the mall to MAX Bus Rapid Transit.
Redevelopment staff have begun to communicate with eligible taxing entities about the City’s plans to expand the Urban Renewal Authority Board of Directors. The Board will be expanded to include a representative of the school districts, Larimer County and special districts. An additional representative will be invited from the pool of remaining taxing entities. The City held an informational session for those taxing entities in February. For more information, contact Patrick Rowe, the City's Redevelopment Coordinator, at 970.416.2231.
Fort Collins received an A in Small Business Friendliness this year in the 2015 Thumbtack Small Business Friendliness Survey. We've also been ranked in the Top 10 for tech jobs (Fast Company) and the Top 20 Best Places for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) jobs (NerdWallet). See other accolades about Fort Collins.
City Council on June 2 adopted an upated Economic Health Strategic Plan, which emphasizes more connections to the Social Sustainability and Environmental Services departments and addresses five key themes:
Learn more about the Economic Health of the City of Fort Collins, its major accomplishments and upcoming goals and projects.
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.