For Fort Collins Website Launch to Champion Local Businesses

Fort Collins community partners, including the City of Fort Collins, Visit Fort Collins, the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Midtown Business Improvement District, and the Downtown Business Association is launching a new website and corresponding campaign this week called For Fort Collins.

For Fort Collins is a marketing and public relations campaign aimed at encouraging community members to support local businesses, especially those in the industries most impacted by COVID-19, like restaurants, retail, creatives, salons, manufacturers, and more. Along with serving as a source of information regarding the latest physical distancing requirements for local businesses, business owners will be able to access a marketing toolkit complete with custom graphics generator to help them to reopen strong and reopen safe. 

The campaign also includes ways for community members to support local businesses aside from just financial, including graphics that give kudos or shout-outs to businesses that can be shared on social media using the hashtags #ForFortCollins and #ForFoCo.

The website ForFortCollins.com will be launched on Monday, May 4, 2020. The site will also include a Spanish language translation option. Don't forget to share what you are doing For Fort Collins with #ForFortCollins or #ForFoCo.

Reminder Before Opening Your Building: Important Water Quality Message

When building occupancy decreases significantly (as it may have throughout the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order), the water held within the building’s plumbing system can deteriorate. When water is not used regularly, the chlorine residual levels can decrease, which may result in a lower level of drinking water quality in these buildings.

Fort Collins Utilities continues to ensure water in our main lines is high-quality and safe; however, many customers are not aware that it is their responsibility to flush their water service lines and internal plumbing. Keeping water from getting stagnant is even more critical when buildings have had low or no occupancy.

These Steps Will Get the Water Flowing

Fort Collins Utilities recommends the following steps (every building will be different depending on plumbing configuration, building size and number of faucets):

  • Begin at one of the farthest sinks from the water main (usually located on the highest floor, farthest from the street).
  • Turn on the COLD water faucet and let it run until the water flowing out is consistently cold (see below paragraph for time estimations). Do not attempt to flush by running the hot water.
  • Next, run the COLD water from each fixture throughout the building until that water also runs cold.

While flushing times will vary, Utilities estimates approximately 10 minutes for daily flushing in buildings with low occupancy and 30-45 minutes weekly for unoccupied buildings. The key is to flush the lines until the water runs cold.

If you have questions about building flushing practices or your water quality in general, please email UtilitiesCustomerAccounts@fcgov.com or call 970-416-4268. Learn more about water quality at fcgov.com/water-quality.

Additional Resource
Center of Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html

Larimer County Offering Payment Plan Options for Business Personal Property Taxes Due
Larimer County is offering payment plan options for Business Personal Property Tax to businesses experiencing economic hardship.  Businesses much reach out directly to the Treasurer's Office to seek payment plan options. Please contact Cindy Stromberg at cstromberger@larimer.org or 970.498.7029 to discuss options. This does not apply to real property taxes owed. For additional information, please visit Larimer County Treasurer's website here.

Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development Hosts Weekly Zoom Resource Events
We know that layoffs/furloughs are hard on both employers and employees. Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development (LCEWD) is hosting weekly 30-minute Zoom events for employers and employees on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 1:30PM from May 6 - July 1, 2020. Registration can be found here.

Session topics include:
  • Unemployment Insurance (UI) application process
  • Healthcare options
  • Job search support services offered by LCEWD
  • Questions and Answers
Questions about managing a layoff in your organization? Do you need resources to prepare? In Larimer County, contact the Economic and Workforce Development Business Line at (970) 498-6665 or businesservices@co.larimer.co.us. In Weld County, call the Employment Services of Weld County Business Line at (970) 400-6714.

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

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