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April 2020

News BriefsGreeley MSA #3 for one-year population growth rate

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked as the 3rd fastest-growing MSA from 7/1/18 to 7/1/19, and the 6th fastest-growing MSA in the country from the 2010 census to the 2019 estimate. The Greeley MSA had a population increase of 28.3% since 2010. In comparison, Larimer grew by 19.1% since 2010.

NoCo COVID-19 Response Fund

By early April, a new Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund has issued its first grants totaling over $200,000. The fund aims to help organizations that support people faced with food insecurity, childcare needs, housing, or other disruptions caused by COVID-19. Learn more at:

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator recognizes CU, CSU

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator’s Channel Partner Award recognizes and supports sustainable technology initiatives. This year, Colorado State University and the University of Colorado are among the winners. There were a total of eight award winners announced, each of which will receive between $75,000 and $150,000.

March 2020

News BriefsNew BizWest ‘Inspire’ publication

BizWest is launching a biweekly newsletter called Inspire that will focus on women in business. Articles will feature profiles of women in business, women’s business issues, news and features of women-led companies, and more. You can view and subscribe to a complete list of BizWest publications at:

CSU wins sustainability award

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education recently awarded Colorado State University (CSU) with a STARS’ platinum rating. The association’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) evaluates institutions based on 1,000 data points in four categories: academics and research, engagement, operations, and planning and administration. This is the third time CSU achieved the platinum rating, making it the only school to earn three platinum ratings.

2019 Regional Housing Snapshot

Information and Real Estate Services (IRES) released final numbers for the Regional Snapshot 2019. In Greeley, the number of Listings Sold was up 1.7% while the Median Sales Price was up 4.2%, reaching $312,500. The Average Days on Market (ADOM) increased by 1.8%, rising to 56 days. In Loveland, the number of Listings Sold was up by 1.2% and the Median Sales Price up by 2.6%, reaching $400,000. The ADOM in Loveland was down 2.7% over last year to reach 72 days. In nearby Fort Collins, the number of Listings Sold decreased by 7.9% and the Median Sales Price increased by 3.9% to reach $437,000. The ADOM for Fort Collins remained the same at 66 days.

February 2020

News BriefsColorado cities earn smart energy designations

The City of Longmont and Fort Collins utility departments recently earned Smart Energy Provider designations from the American Public Power Association. The designation is in recognition of their proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation and environmental initiatives that also support low-cost, quality, safe and reliable electric services. Click here to read the complete report.

Top 20 American cities for tech professionals

CompTIA recently released their rankings of the Top 20 Best Tech Cities for IT Jobs and three Colorado cities made the list. Denver came in at #9, Boulder at #14 and Colorado Springs at #16. CompTIA is a trade association for the global technology industry. Their indexing is based on factors including projected employment growth, real wages and cost of living. Click here to read the complete report.

Larimer, Weld County outperforming state

Rich Wobbekind, associate dean and economist at the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business, recently served as the keynote speaker at the BizWest 2020 Northern Colorado Economic Forecast. Wobbekind put the spotlight on Weld and Larimer County as leaders in the Colorado economy. Greeley has been one of the fastest growing MSA’s for a decade and the Fort Collins/Loveland MSA is the second-fastest growing in the state. Weld County led the state in job growth, followed by Colorado Springs and then Fort Collins/Loveland. Learn more at: