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May - 2009 Edition: Some information may be out of date.

Mike's Corner:
Uniquely Fort Collins

When people first come to Fort Collins they often will comment on the unique feel of the community. Upon further reflection, what they note is that Fort Collins is home to many local, independent companies and businesses. These unique businesses make up the Uniquely Fort Collins grouping of target industries. Businesses in the Uniquely Fort Collins cluster consist of:

  • Artistic, cultural and entertainment businesses
  • Recreational and retail activities
  • Hospitality-oriented businesses
  • Independent firms and companies
  • Galleries
  • Microbrews
  • Restaurants

In ongoing discussions with existing and new businesses, what the City hears repeatedly is that these unique businesses support the retention and growth of existing companies. These unique businesses help to sustain our high quality of life and add diversity to our economy. Regions with high quality of life indexes tend to be hubs for high-tech firms, especially entrepreneurial operations, who can locate their business anywhere, but choose quality communities in which to live.

Fort Collins continues to have the competitive advantage over other regions in the country. We have a highly skilled workforce, a world-class research university, mild weather, and a sought after quality of life. Having creative, independent businesses and venues in our community help attract primary employers.

Have fun exploring these sample Uniquely Fort Collins businesses!

Mike Freeman
Chief Financial Officer
City of Fort Collins