Northern Colorado News Briefs

February 2018 | January 2018 | December 2017

February 2018

Milken: Fort Collins a best performing city

News BriefsThe Milken Institute recently released their list of the 2017 best-performing large cities and Fort Collins came in at #5. Metropolitan areas were measured in regard to economic performance using metrics like job creation, wage gains, and technology developments. The Denver/Aurora/Lakewood also made the list, coming in at #23. You can download the complete report at:

Colorado a top 10 state for women entrepreneurs

According to, the state of Colorado is one of the most desirable states for female entrepreneurs. The online publication for small business owners ranked all 50 states based on factors like the % of women-owned firms, % of state’s business revenues coming from women-owned firms and women’s economic clout within the state. Colorado ranked #6 overall. Check out the complete findings at:

Contract approved for NoCo I-25 express lanes

The Colorado Department of Transportation recently approved a $248 million contract with Kraemer/IHC to add express lanes on Interstate 25 from Johnstown to Fort Collins. This is big news for the region as ground can now break on the expansion. To learn more about improvements being made to I-25 visit

January 2018

#LiveLoveland Campaign Launched

News BriefsThe Loveland Strategic Partnership has formerly launched a #LiveLoveland campaign with the aim of driving community engagement and sharing the unique qualities that make Loveland a best place to live. The partnership itself is comprised of residents, local organizations and local businesses. You can learn more about the campaign, view photos that have been posted and get involved via their website at You can also follow them via their Facebook page at:

Johnstown a Top 10 Safest City in Colorado

For the fourth year in a row the city of Johnstown made the SafeWise Report of the “Top 10 Safest Cities in Colorado,” coming in at #6 for 2017. SafeWise compiles their rankings based on FBI crime data for cities of 3,000 or more people. You can read the complete SafeWise report at:

Elizabeth Hotel opens in Old Town

Doors have opened at the brand new Elizabeth hotel in downtown Fort Collins. The 164-room hotel is a part of the Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Features include custom filigree, cast plaster ceiling ornamentation, 3,500 square feet of meeting space and three new venues – The Magic Rat, The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market and the rooftop Sunset Lounge where you can enjoy a chic cocktail and watch the sunset over the mountains. You can book reservations and view upcoming events at:

December 2017

Fort Collins in Top 5 of energy competition

News BriefsFort Collins came in fifth out of fifty communities competing in the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition. Local residents reduced energy consumption by 5.4% which is enough to power 9,800 homes for a year. This means Fort Collins will advance to the final round of the national competition, which has a $5 million prize package. Click here to learn more about Fort Collins’ overall energy reduction campaign.

Colorado companies top Outside’s best places to work

Outside Magazine recently released their list of “100 Best Places to Work in 2017” and 41 Colorado companies made the list. Moreover, the top 4 rankings were all Colorado companies – Forum Phi Architecture in Aspen, Ground Floor Media in Denver, Avid4 Adventure in Boulder and WhippleWood CPAs in Littleton. Click on the following link to see the complete rankings:

Fort Collins wins 2017 Baldrige award

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recognizes U.S. organizations in the business, health care, education and non-profit sectors for performance excellence. Organizations are evaluated based on product and process outcomes, customer outcomes, workforce outcomes, leadership and governance outcomes, and financial and market outcomes. This year the City of Fort Collins was named a recipient of this prestigious award. Read more at: