Join Us for the 2021 Business Appreciation Celebration!

Take a mental health break with us at 3pm on October 7, 2021, for the City of Fort Collins’ 2021 Business Appreciation Celebration as we gather virtually to speak on the topic of mental health and our business community. We believe healthy minds mean healthy business.  

Tune in to hear from special guest speaker, Marah Lidey, CEO & Co-Founder of the mental wellness app, Shine. The Shine app was named the best mental wellness app by Apple in 2020. 

We will also be hearing the powerful stories of some of our very own Fort Collins businesses sharing how they were able to adapt and remain resilient even in the most difficult times. Featured stories include IOME, Colorado Cutz, La Cocina, R Bar, and Woodward

Registration information coming soon! For more information, please visit our event’s webpage.

The event will be available in English and Spanish.

Share your Ideas With Us!

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 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, to learn more.

Masks Strongly Recommended in Indoor Settings

Due to the rapidly increasing threat of the Delta variant, primarily among unvaccinated people, Larimer County Health officials are calling on unvaccinated residents to make the decision to get vaccinated without delay. Additionally, officials are strongly recommending that all community members, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear masks in public indoor settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Larimer County vaccine clinic dates and times can be found at or by calling 970-498-5500 during the week. COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to anyone 12 years old and older. Walgreens locations throughout Colorado also offer free testing in most of their locations.

Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the public health response adjusts as more is learned about this virus. LCDHE is encouraging Larimer County residents to view the latest credible information on COVID-19 at  or Additionally, residents are encouraged to follow LCDHE’s Facebook and Twitter accounts at @LarimerHealth

Read the Press Release Here

Electricians and Plumbers - Are You Reviewing Your Hiring Practices?

If you’re struggling to fill positions make sure you have the most up-to-date wage information. Right now, Electrician and Plumber wages are changing in Northern Colorado….

Average Wage:

  • Electrician: $29.70/h
  • Plumber: $26.10/h
  • Electrician Helper: $16.27/h
  • Plumber Helper: $16.82

Wage for Most Experienced Workers:

  • Electrician: $39.85/h
  • Plumber: $37.35/h
  • Electrician Helper: $24.06/h
  • Plumber Helper: $20.41/h

Interesting Fact: Most electric and plumbing firms only utilize their union job boards to advertise open positions. However, those firms that post publicly fill their positions twice as fast as those who don’t. Consider posting your jobs where more people can see them. Also, consider offering referral bonuses to your current employees.

Tell Your Story: Make sure to highlight the benefits of the position in job postings and in interviews. Electrician and Plumbing positions offer…

  •  Job security. There are more projects coming online every day.
  •  Job Growth. Plenty of opportunities to grow and learn new skills.
  • Variety. Never the same day twice.
  • Lots of entry level opportunities. Start with little to know experience and learn on the job.

Don’t assume a candidate knows what it’s like to work for your business. Promote your health, vacation, and retirement benefits, your continuing education assistance and tool purchasing programs, as well as your team oriented culture.  

Get connected, Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development can help you hire the best people. 

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

    Check out 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