Lunch-n-Learn on Proposed Water Development Fee Increases

If you have plans to develop or redevelop a property, you won’t want to miss this online session. Utilities is proposing an increase of approximately 60%, or $68,200 per 325,851 gallons (or acre-foot) of use at the tap to the Water Supply Requirements (WSR) Cash-in-Lieu (CIL) Fee. In addition, the Utilities’ water, wastewater and stormwater plant investment fees (PIFs) are proposed to increase between 3-5%. Council is expected to decide about these changes on November 2 and 16, 2021. If approved, these new rates would go into effect beginning January 1, 2022.

Like most water providers across Colorado, Fort Collins Utilities is facing rising costs to acquire and develop water resources. To reflect these cost increases in how development is assessed for water supplies, Utilities will recommend that City Council consider these fee increases.

Please join us to learn more about these proposed changes at our upcoming Lunch-n-Learn event:

  • When: October 6, 2021 from noon-1:00 p.m.
  • How: Register in advance using the button below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the meeting. 
Register Here

Food Safety Works Class

Presented by CSU Extension, Larimer County, Food Safety Works is a course that covers basic food safety practices. The program is designed for employees who are new to the retail food industry, or as a refresher for those who have been out of the industry for a while. This curriculum is NOT intended to prepare for Certified Food Protection Manager certification.

Topics Covered:

  • Preventing foodborne illness
  • Food temperature control
  • Personal hygiene
  • Preventing cross contamination
  • Preparing/serving food safely
  • Cleaning and sanitizing

October 18, 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM 

$20 Registration Fee

This class is held online using Zoom - details will be emailed after you register.

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Hear More About R Bar and Lounge at This Year's Business Appreciation Celebration Oct. 7, 2021

Leanna Valadez owns the only gay bar in Northern Colorado. In talking with Leanna, she shared how her dream of @rbarlounge came to fruition with the crucial support of her peers at CSU. Leanna hopes R Bar can provide a safe place for LGBTQ+ folks to exist fully and authentically and find community in Fort Collins.

Want to hear more about how R Bar & Lounge has navigated the pandemic and what makes Leanna's business important to Fort Collins? Join us on Oct. 7 for more stories and to celebrate how local businesses adapt to thrive even in the most difficult times.

Register Here

Share Your Thoughts About Recovery!

The pandemic has brought serious challenges to our community, often worsening existing issues. As we begin to shift from response to recovery, we know we cannot return to the pre-pandemic status quo, and must focus on a recovery that benefits all.  

The City of Fort Collins is working to create a long-term Recovery Plan. As we develop the Recovery Plan, we want to hear your ideas about what a vibrant and resilient recovery looks like for our community and what priorities we should focus on as we work to build back stronger. 

Whether you have a one minute, 5 minutes or more than an hour, we want to hear from you.  

Have 1 minute? Share One Idea. 

Have 5 minutes? Take the Survey.

More Ways to Participate

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know that there are over 4 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S., making them the fastest-growing segment of U.S. small businesses? Earlier this week, SBA Administrator Guzman, the fourth Latina Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the highest-ranking Latina serving in President Biden’s Cabinet, released a statement to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.

The SBA will also host an online panel discussion for Hispanic Heritage Month on October 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Additional details including the registration link will be available soon.

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 1-hour session on Thursday, October 28 at  2 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.

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    222 Laporte Ave.
    Fort Collins, CO 80521