Advanced Energy Partnering with FRCC to Create New Center for Integrated Manufacturing

Lab Development Funding Provided to Support the Much-Needed Addition of Industry Professionals to the Local Workforce

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Dec. 12, 2018— Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEIS), a global leader in highly engineered, precision power conversion, measurement, and control solutions and Front Range Community College (FRCC), Colorado’s largest community college, today announced a partnership to help fund the college’s new Center for Integrated Manufacturing(CIM).

AE will invest $200,000 in cash and equipment to fund the creation of the Advanced Energy Electronics Lab at the CIM. The 27,000 square-foot CIM facility will offer students a state-of-the-art lab and classroom facilities to enhance their learning experience, allowing them to gain a hands-on career understanding prior to entering the workforce full-time. In addition to this donation, AE will provide students internships, scholarships and job opportunities.

Meeting the Need

“There is a shortage of advanced manufacturing professionals in Colorado’s workforce,” said Andy Dorsey, president of Front Range Community College. “In partnerships with companies like Advanced Energy, we can educate skilled workers to help the state economy thrive.”

Around 6,000 manufacturers currently operate in Colorado, employing 5.5 percent of the state’s workforce. These companies also account for 93 percent of the state’s exports and 7.3 percent of the state’s Gross Domestic Product.

“Front Range Community College is committed to manufacturing and engineering technology,” said U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, who visited manufacturer Hirsh Precision Products in Niwot with FRCC officials earlier this year. “Colorado is leading the way in encouraging high-quality career and technical education programs to train the next generation of workers for success in the 21st century.”

“I’m thrilled Advanced Energy is partnering with Front Range Community College to create the new high-tech Center for Integrated Manufacturing,” said U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado. “This partnership will provide the skills necessary to build a world-class manufacturing workforce right here in Colorado, and I’m excited to see the results of this new program. The need for a skilled workforce is something employers around Colorado talk about – this addresses the need.”

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Bringing Business Home Campaign Launched

Under the ‘Bold Voice of Business’ goal of Northern Colorado Prospers is a strategy to ‘maintain communications with the public that emphasizes the important of business to a strong quality of life.’ To that end, the Chamber has launched Bringing Business Home .

The focus of this public campaign is to create a greater awareness and understanding of the Fort Collins business community. By featuring Chamber members and their businesses, we hope to help make the connection between business success, economic vitality of the community, and our ability to afford great public quality of life amenities.

As defined in the campaign messaging, Northern Colorado is a special place. Natural beauty, great climate, excellent education, vibrant recreation-we’re privileged to have it all. Local employers make it possible for us to live and raise families here. You’ll find them nurturing community both within and outside their workplaces. Meet a group of proud Northern Coloradans committed to Bringing Business Home.

The Chamber’s campaign partner, Jet Marketing has helped capture and present these business stories. You will find them in the paper, online, on the radio and pictured on one of the most visible billboards in Fort Collins.

Help us emphasize the vital contribution business makes to the community by:

Fort Collins Named One of the 2018 10 Best Places to Raise a Family in the U.S.

Fort Collins has been named one of the 2018 10 Best Places to Raise a Family by

To determine the 10 Best Places to Raise a Family, Livability’s data scientists first analyzed all U.S. cities with a population between 20,000 and 300,000 and weeded out places with high childcare costs and low Great Schools scores.

The list was created by cross-referencing 2018 city population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division with data from Great Schools, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

All in all, Livability data scientists and editors analyzed more than 2,000 cities based on the following criteria in order to determine the 2018 10 Best Places to Raise a Family:

  • Number of potential playmates (percent of the population that is under age 6)
  • Quality of public schools
  • Measures of children’s health
  • Affordability of housing and transportation options
  • Cost of childcare
  • Number of daycare options, parks and libraries
  • Walkability and other factors related to the physical environment
  • And, because we know what really matters to kids: the number of candy stores

And, finally, our editorial experts weighed in to give the list our Livability stamp of approval.

“This year’s Best Places to Raise a Family list highlights some famously family-friendly cities and some gems you might never have heard of,” says Winona Dimeo-Ediger,’s Managing Editor. “To get to the heart of what makes a city great for families, we combined rigorous data collection and ranking criteria with personal testimonials from these cities’ most important residents: kids.”

About explores what makes small to mid-sized cities great places to live, work and visit. We examine issues such as affordability, cultural amenities and talent attraction, and celebrate the accomplishments of these cities through our monthly top 10 lists, our annual ranking of the Top 100 Best Places to Live, and daily articles exploring the who, what, why and how behind the “where.” is a division of Journal Communications, Inc. 

October 2018 NCP Quarterly Update – Recap & Resources

The Chamber hosted the Northern Colorado Prospers (NCP) Quarterly Update during the morning of October 10 at the Ranch Bar & Grill at the Budweiser  Events Center.

More than 50 investors were in attendance to receive an update on progress being made on the region’s key challenges: transportation, labor force, business environment and retaining key employees.

The morning included an update on the creation of a regional talent portal and Susan Brake (Vice President for DCI)  provided insight into the Talent Attraction industry and how our efforts in Northern Colorado will fit into the nation-wide picture of Talent Attraction

Sandra Solin, Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA) lobbyist, presented on the two transportation measures (Proposition  109 and Proposition 110) on the fall ballot. She also gave an update on North Interstate 25 projects and funding.

More updates and information can be found in the October 2018 Quarterly Update publication.

Northern Colorado Prospers (NCP) is a five-year strategic initiative of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce designed to address four specific challenges facing business in Northern Colorado. Fix North I-25; Align, attract and retain talent; Bold voice of business and Retain and expand existing business.

Photos courtesy of Zebrajellyfish Photography

Transportation Leaders Help Break Ground on I-25 North Express Lanes

Transportation leaders, elected officials and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) broke ground Monday morning on the I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins project.

The project, estimated to conclude in early 2022, will:

  • Increase highway capacity by adding an Express Lane in both directions
  • Replace aging bridges and widen others
  • Improve bus service performance and reduce each total trip time by 15 minutes by adding new bus slip ramps from I-25 to the new Park-n-Ride at Kendall Parkway
  • Create new pedestrian and bicycle access under I25 at Kendall Parkway
  • Connect the Cache la Poudre River Regional Trail under I-25 and network to 100 miles of trails, and also serve as a wildlife corridor.

“We know without question societies flourish with unobstructed travel. When you have logistical connections good things happen and your economy keeps growing,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

Five years ago, CDOT, leaders from Weld and Larimer counties, Berthoud, Fort Collins, Johnstown, Loveland, Timnath, Windsor and McWhinney came together to find ways to fix congestion, safety and travel times on North I-25.

“When I first started with this project, I was told you cannot put funding in that and we won’t ever get that built. In 2018, we are here to kickoff this project,” said Johnny Olson, CDOT Regional Transportation Director. “This project is going to be important to Northern Colorado (improving) congestion, mobility. With our partners and everyone in the audience today, this is an amazing feat and I’m fortunate to be proud of it.”

The Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA) and it’s Fix North I-25 initiative also played a crucial role to secure funding, communicate the economic importance of a functional I-25 corridor and empowered businesses and the public to get involved.

“This day has been a long time coming. This roadway is critically important to the safety, quality of life and economy of Northern Colorado,” said David May, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO and member of Fix North I-25 steering committee.

May thanked the transportation commission, CDOT and town and city leaders.

“I want to thank the business community. We have 100 investors who have put in dollars for our efforts. They clearly get this and stepped up behind us in a big way,” said May.

The Ground Breaking Ceremony was held at the Colorado 402 exit near a gravel hill deemed Mount 402. The materials that will be used for the project where taken from the debris from the 2013 flood in the Big Thompson Canyon.

For more information on the I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins project, costs and how to sign up for updates, click here.

Photos Courtesy of Zebrajellyfish Photography

PLANADVISER: Half of Workers Approaching Retirement Expect to Return to Work

Earning additional income is their primary reason why, a survey found.

By Lee Barney

Fifty-three percent of workers who expect to retire in the next five years think it is likely they will return to work, according to a survey by Home Instead, Inc.

Earning additional income was their primary reason for returning to work, cited by 67%, followed by fighting boredom (44%) and keeping their minds sharp (22%). Sixty-eight percent of those approaching retirement say they plan to work in a different industry, and 65% of retirees who have returned to work say the same.

“Today, more aging men and women are redefining what their next chapter looks like, seeking out new career opportunities that serve their skills, passions and life goals,” says Jeff Huber, president and CEO of Home Instead, Inc. “We are seeing the desire among seniors for a second career to not just fulfill a monetary need but source of personal fulfillment later in life. In fact, many of our professional caregivers are seniors themselves.”

Nearly 80% of those nearing retirement or who have retired and returned to work say they would like to make a meaningful impact in their communities in their post-retirement years, such as through volunteering, caregiving, teaching or giving back.

Catherine Collinson, CEO of the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, says that with people living longer, retiring at age 65 is an outdated hallmark.

“With Boomers blazing the way, full retirement is no longer a point in time,” Collinson says. “The transition could be a decade or more and involve shifting gears and working in a different capacity or finding a flexible arrangement, all with more time for family.”

Home Instead, Inc. says that some of the most popular jobs for retirees are retail sales clerks, bank tellers, online tutoring and caregiving.

July 2018 Quarterly Recap and Resources

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the Northern Colorado Prospers (NCP) Quarterly Update in the early evening of July 25 in the OCR Field Club at the newly named Canvas Stadium at Colorado State University.

More than 50 NCP investors attended to network and receive an update on the progress being made on the region’s key challenges: transportation, labor force, business environment and retaining key employees.

Since the Annual Summit in April, great progress has been made in the areas of Talent 2.0, funding for North 1-25, primary employer interviews, employer recruitment tools and on other key issues that are important to the business community. For more in depth information, please click here to read the July NCP Quarterly Report.

Photos courtesy of Craig Vollmer Photography

Northern Colorado Prospers (NCP) is a five-year strategic initiative of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce designed to address four specific challenges facing business in Northern Colorado. Fix North I-25; Align, attract and retain talent; Bold voice of business and Retain and expand existing business.

North I-25 Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins Open House – June 27, 2018

5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27
Note: There will be no formal presentation; please arrive at any time.

The Ranch Events Complex
Larimer Conference Center, 5280 Arena Circle
Loveland 80538

What’s Happening:
Join the project team to learn more about schedule and phasing for the project and information on:

  • Express Lane construction in both directions;
  • replacement of aging bridges and widening of others;
  • improvements to bus service performance and the addition of new bus slip ramps from I-25 to the new Park-n-Ride at Kendall Parkway;
  • creation of new pedestrian and bicycle access under I-25 at Kendall Parkway;
  • connection of the Cache la Poudre River Regional Trail under I-25 and network to 100 miles of trails; and
  • improvement of interchanges at CO 402 and Prospect Road.

Project Info:

Project Email:

Project Hotline: 720-593-1996

Project Website:

Denver Business Journal: Governor signs transportation-funding boost, receives little praise for doing so

Colorado Highway Traffic

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday signed into law the largest increase in transportation funding the Colorado Legislature has approved in more than a decade — and was met by a collective yawn by many of the organizations that had pushed for help with the state’s highways and transit system.

Senate Bill 1, inked at a ceremony in Loveland, allocates one-time spending of $645 million over the next two years, as well as an additional $50 million general-fund contribution to highways and transit annually for 20 years. Plus, it allows voters to cast ballots in 2019 on whether to approve as much as $2.3 billion in bond sales to begin to address the state’s most crucial choke points — if no citizen-led transportation-funding measure receives statewide approval during the 2018 election.

But while the House and Senate leaders who crafted the compromise that allowed SB 1 to pass through both chambers on the penultimate day of the session early this month called it a significant move toward relieving congestion on the state’s highways, the Democratic governor himself said on the day after the session ended earlier this month that he was “disappointed” that elected officials couldn’t find more money for transportation. And he said at the time that he was leaning toward supporting a proposed 0.62-cent sales tax hike for transportation that the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce is trying to get onto the November ballot, believing more is needed to address the long-running problem.

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