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May 2016

Fort Collins-Loveland among top for STEM grads

News BriefsNerdWallet recently studied the 330 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA's) in the following four areas: concentration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) employees per 1,000 jobs, average annual wage for stem jobs, median monthly rent and unemployment rates. The Fort Collins-Loveland MSA came in at #20 as a top place for STEM grads with 83.31 STEM employees per 1,000 jobs and an average STEM salary of almost $83,000. A total of four MSA's in Colorado made the list: Boulder ranked #3, Colorado Springs #14, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood #15 and Fort Collins #20. You can read the complete NerdWallet report at: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/cities/best-places-stem-grads-2016/

Check out NorthernColorado.com

The Northern Colorado Economic Alliance (NCEA), a 501(c)(6) corporation that attracts and stimulates economic opportunity and job growth for the region, recently released a new logo, brand and marketing plan. You can visit www.NorthernColorado.com to see their work and explore resources made available for prospective businesses moving to the area.

New name for Fort Collins-Loveland Airport

The Fort Collins-Loveland Airport is officially changing their name to the Northern Colorado Regional Airport. The airport is co-owned by the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland, which serves a range of privately owned aircraft all the way up to 170-passenger commercial airliners. You can visit the regional airport website at: http://www.fortloveair.com/

April 2016

NoCo Metro Areas rank as most-educated

News BriefsValuePengin.com, a New York-based data-analysis firm, recently released their list of the 200 Most Educated Cities in America and two Northern Colorado metro areas made the Top 5. Boulder ranked #2 overall and Fort Collins-Loveland came in at #4. Each metro area was evaluated using four major categories: Attainment, Education & Poverty, School Quality, and Education & Employment. You can read the complete Value Penguin report at: http://www.valuepenguin.com/2016/most-educated-cities#rankings

Greeley, Fort Collins fastest-growing

The US Census Bureau recently released data revealing Greeley and Fort Collins are two of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. The Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) grew by 3.2% from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015, reaching a population of 285,174 and ranking as the 6th highest growth rate out of similar-sized MSA's. The Fort Collins MSA, which is inclusive of Loveland, grew by 2.7% during the same timeframe to reach a population of 333,577. In regard to growth rate, the Fort Collins-Loveland MSA came in 10th overall when compared to similar sized MSA's.

US 34 Loveland-Estes improvements

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that repairs on the stretch of US Highway 34 from Loveland to Estes Park will begin in July. The highway was severely damaged in the 2013 flood and this next phase of improvements will serve as a permanent repair. Construction will be timed so as to minimize impact on the summer tourist season.

March 2016

Greeley named best affordable place

News BriefsLivability.com recently released their list of the 2016 Best Affordable Places to Live. Greeley was named the #1 most affordable city in Colorado and the #7 most affordable city in the United States. Greeley was noted for having a great music and restaurant scene while also being budget-friendly. Click here to read the complete report: http://www.livability.com/top-10/families/best-affordable-places-to-live/2016.

Fort Collins, Boulder top well-being index

According to the State of American Well-Being: 2015 Community Well-Being Rankings and Access to Care, Fort Collins ranked as the 4th highest well-being community in the US and Boulder came in at #7. A total of 190 communities were evaluated based on five elements related to well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. Click here to read the complete report: http://info.healthways.com/hubfs/Well-Being_Index/Gallup-Healthways_State_of_American_Well-Being_2015_Community_Rankings_vFINAL.pdf?t=1456241777028.

Greeley new civic-center website

The profile of downtown Greeley is undergoing major changes in the coming year, including a new downtown hotel and relocation of government offices. In an effort to keep people informed the city of Greeley launched a website, http://greeleygov.com/city-center, to share progress updates on these projects. Using the website you can view an interactive map of project sites, watch informative videos and review weekly status reports.