For the last five months, City Economic Health staff has been working with stakeholders, major employers, entrepreneurs and community organizations on a new Economic Strategic Plan. The assessment is complete, and the plan is taking shape. The findings are interesting and will help guide our work for the next five years.
Over the next several months the consultants working on the document will present their draft plan to City Council and to the public. Later this fall, we’ll gathering feedback and fully vet the plan to assure that we include different voices from our community.
Some of the interesting findings include:
The net daily commuter flow from Fort Collins to other cities
College town dynamics
Educational attainment vs. educational requirements for employment
At the center of the SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) is Colorado State University. Imagine Fort Collins without it. How will we help keep CSU the economic binding agent that it is, into the next decade? This is the kind of question the consultants are asking our focus groups, stakeholders, employers, university staff, citizens and entrepreneurs.
Watch for more strategic plan updates soon. Read the full the report from the consultants.