Tell Us Your Recovery Ideas

The City of Fort Collins is set to receive approximately $28.1 million of the nearly $6 billion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds received by Colorado and other communities. These funds are being used to invest in short- and long-term economic, environmental and community recovery. The City is also working to create a long-term Recovery Plan that identifies community priorities for recovery.

The pandemic has brought serious challenges to our community, impacting virtually every aspect of our lives, often exacerbating previously existing issues. As we begin to shift from response to recovery, we know we cannot return to the pre-pandemic status quo, but instead need to focus on a recovery that benefits all. 

 As we develop the Recovery Plan and prioritize spending of ARPA funding, we want to hear your ideas about what a vibrant and resilient recovery looks like for our community and what priorities should be focused on as we work to build back stronger. 

Share your ideas and learn more about the planning process at OurCity.FGov.com/ForFoCo. In the coming weeks, we will also be hosting community open houses and meetings with stakeholders to discuss more about what our community needs to recover.

Interested in hosting a conversation about recovery with your organization, friends or other group? Please reach out to Sarah Meline, smeline@fcgov.com to learn more.

 

Share an Idea Here

#ForFortCollins Small Business Feature - Las 4 Americas
We've been talking with small businesses throughout Fort Collins to find out what makes them tick. Today we are featuring Las 4 Americas!

Las 4 Americas is a family business run by husband and wife Luis and Luz María Orona, along with their three sons Luis Jr., Vicente, and Gavino.  It serves as a local tortilla shop, taco shop, and grocery store.

If you're interested in imported Mexican products and freshly made food, go support them at  1669 S College Ave!

Check out their website here! 


Click Here to Read Their Full Story

Take the Business Outdoor Dining Survey!
As emergency orders start to lift and occupancy regulations expand, the City is interested in gauging ongoing interest and concerns in maintaining expanded outdoor dining and retail areas. We recognize there are there are different scenarios to address (on-street, expanded patio, private lots, etc.) and that any activity along College Avenue would need CDOT approval. 
 
We understand many of you have been surveyed on this topic before and we appreciate your continued feedback as we get further into these efforts. 
 
Thank you in advance for your participation!
Please Take the Survey Here

Colorado's Economic Recovery Programs for Businesses

The Colorado legislature passed 12 bills that appropriated $228 million in funding to support economic recovery efforts. As program details are finalized you can access updates at the COVID-19 Business and Nonprofit Resources page.

CLIMBER Loan Fund
Applications are open.
The Colorado Loans for Increasing Mainstreet Business and Economic Recovery (CLIMBER) fund provides $250 million to small businesses with working capital loans between $30,000 and $500,000. Below-market interest rates and a 1-year deferred payment option make the program a secure recovery option for small businesses.

Colorado Revolving Loan Fund
Applications are open.
This fund provides loans that help small to medium-sized Colorado businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These loans range from $5,000 to $750,000. The loans are intended to provide startup and working capital that will help create and retain jobs across Colorado.

Meeting and Events Incentive
Applications are open.
This program provides $10 million for a 10% cash rebate against eligible hard costs for hosting meetings and events in Colorado that take place on or after July 1, 2021 and on or before December 31, 2022.

Restart Industry Associations Program
Applications are open and close August 26, 2021.
This program provides awarded tourism industry associations 75 hours of technical assistance and $10,000 of direct marketing from the Colorado Tourism Office to support adoption of the Roadmap to Recovery.

Colorado Community Revitalization Grant
Applications are open.
This program provides $65 million in gap funding for mixed-use projects in creative districts, historic districts, main streets or neighborhood commercial centers.

Rural Jump-Start Zone Grant
Applications are open.
Businesses that establish new operations in specified Rural Jump-Start and Just Transition communities will be eligible to receive up to $40,000 and up to $5,000 per new hire.

To see more resources and upcoming programs, click here.

Things to Know & Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events: 

    • Business Q&A with Larimer’s Health Department - All businesses are invited to join the County on the fourth Thursday of each month. Join the August 26, 2021 session at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. To help make this session as informative and helpful as possible, please submit your questions in advance

    Sign up for weekly updates from the City of Fort Collins Emergency Preparedness and Security COVID-19 newsletter at fcgov.com/eps/coronavirus

    Check out ForFortCollins.com for tools and resources created to help your business reopen safely and strongly while gaining support from loyal customers and community members.

    Economic Health Office
    222 Laporte Ave.
    Fort Collins, CO 80521