The City of Fort Collins has joined with ACCION Colorado - the largest non-profit, small business lending network in the nation - to bring ACCION to Fort Collins this summer to assist small businesses that may not meet traditional lending requirements.
ACCION’s Denver-based bilingual staff specialize in lending to start-ups, low-to-moderate entrepreneurs and other potentially disadvantaged borrowers who may not “fit in the box” for conventional small business lenders. ACCION has partnered with the City and FVC MESH to provide in-person lending services from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 7 and 21, July 5 and 19 and August 2 and 16 at FVC MESH, 242 Linden St. Read more.
Meet the Economic Health Team!
It's National Economic Development Week! Who are the people in the City's Economic Health Office? Meet them!
From L to R: Shannon Hein, Business Specialist; SeonAh Kendall, Economic Health Manager; Patrick Rowe, Redevelopment Coordinator; Sean Carpenter, Climate Economy Advisor; Emily Wilmsen, Public Relations Coordinator; Rebecca Hicklin, Administrative Assistant; Josh Birks, Economic Health and Redevelopment Director; Victoria Shaw, Senior Financial Analyst; and Katie Ricketts, Economic Health Analyst. Not pictured: Wendy Bricher, Financial Coordinator.
Do you need affordable housing and/or other creative space options in Fort Collins? Help bring affordable artist housing and other creative work and commercial spaces to our city by participating in one or more surveys, linked below. The City of Fort Collins, the Downtown Development Authority, Bohemian Foundation and national nonprofit Artspace Projects are partnering on this Arts Market Study.
The City's Economic Health Office supports targeted industry clusters in the community. Clusters include Bioscience, Clean Energy, Water Innovation and Technology and Uniquely Fort Colllins. Additionally, target sectors include manufacturing, health and creative industries. See the most recent report.
The NoCO Manufacturing Partnership, which includes the City of Fort Collins, will host the NOCOM 2017 Manufacturing Trade Show on April 27.
The event will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland. Cost is $10 for pre-registration or $15 at the door. Register for the event.
NOCOM 2017 showcases Northern Colorado's rapidly expanding manufacturing sector, and connects manufacturers, suppliers, services, and capital. More than 100 manufacturing companies will be featured in the Exhibitor Hall along with presentations on industry-specific topics. NOCOM 2017 provides an opportunity for manufacturers to network and learn more about how manufacturing is contributing to the current and future growth of the regional economy.
The City of Fort Collins is a contributing partner in the NoCO Manufacturing Partnership. City cluster grants have helped support more than 1,000 high school student tours to manufacturing facilities to increase student awareness of manufacturing careers.
In 2014, the City evaluated current workforce and future needs as an essential part of a healthy economy. That effort has grown to a regional level: In 2017, the City will participate in a Talent 2.0 Regional Action Plan to address access, alignment and barriers to developing the first regional workforce action plan. Talent development is a team sport that requires public, private and educational institutions to work collaboratively to be successful. See the presentation from the February 2017 rollout.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $500,000 grant to the City of Fort Collins to conduct environmental assessments in north Fort Collins in support of redevelopment activity.
The environmental assessments are at no charge to the participant and may provide valuable environmental liability protection. Businesses, property owners, developers and others with interest may contact the project manager, Bonnie Pierce, at 970-416-4255 or by email at YnBpZXJjZUBmY2dvdi5jb20=.
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:
- 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