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Save the Date: Business Appreciation Breakfast

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Gov. John Hickenlooper is scheduled to speak at the City’s fifth annual Business Appreciation Breakfast, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Fort Collins Marriott, 350 E. Horsetooth Road. Watch the City’s website this summer for registration information!

 

Innovate Fort Collins Challenge

Join the competitors for the final round of the Innovate Fort Collins Challenge at the public pitch night August 3. Finalists will pitch their innovative ideas to help support the community’s Climate Action Plan through transportation, waste material and energy projects. Reservations will be required. Watch for information at www.fcgov.com/innovate.

 

Best for Colorado Challenge

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The City’s Economic Health Office will host a local “Best for Colorado Challenge” launch event on July 13 where aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners and employees can learn about a free online sustainability assessment tool, and even benchmark their businesses against similar companies around the country on a variety of metrics.  Registration is required because space is limited.

 

Housing First Initiative

The Murphy Center and Homeward 2020, which is partially funded by the City of Fort Collins, have launched a new program called the Housing First Initiative that will help obtain and share data with service providers, stakeholders and the community-at-large. A new position has been developed at the Murphy Center to launch the program.

 

Multicultural Retreat

17-10729 multicultural retreat logo only 2017-01.jpgRegistration is now open for the two-day Multicultural Community Retreat September 8-9 sponsored by Diversity Solutions Group, the City’s Social Sustainability department, Front Range Community College, Colorado State University and the Poudre School District. The deadline to register is August 19.

 

Affordable Housing

As part of the City’s efforts to encourage the construction of more affordable housing, the City Council in June waived $100,000 in fees for the Village on Redwood, a Housing Catalyst development east of College between Conifer Street and Willox Lane. Council waived fees for the portion of the 72-unit multi-family apartment complex that is slated for households with incomes no higher than 30 percent of Area Median Income or $24,600 for a family of four.

 

Climate Action Plan: Community Stories

Kerry Miller and her husband, Peter, are committed to helping the community with its climate action goals, but they thought an electric car was out of their reach. Watch a short video about this couple taking action to reduce their carbon emissions. 

 

Food Waste

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In Fort Collins, food waste makes up approximately 23 percent of what residents throw in their trash. It’s not just banana peels or chicken bones – often it’s whole foods and ingredients that get tossed without being consumed. Read more about food waste.

 

Industry Cluster Grants

The City of Fort Collins Economic Health Office this spring awarded $184,100 in grants supporting a variety of programs that assist the City’s industry cluster strategic objectives. The City received more than $424,285 in funding requests. Award winners will use the grants to obtain additional grants or to sponsor events and programs.  

 

Lawnmower Rebates

July is the last month to get a rebate for electric lawn and garden equipment purchases to help reduce ozone-causing emissions. June 1 was the start of ozone season along the Front Range. Ozone Action Alerts are issued on days when meteorologists from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) expect weather conditions to increase ground-level ozone concentrations. Sign up for alerts.

 

Do you have feedback or story ideas for the newsletter?
Contact Emily Wilmsen, Public Relations Coordinator, at ewilmsens@fcgov.com.

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