Northern Colorado News Briefs

February 2023 | January 2023 | December 2022

February 2023

News BriefsFRCC, Aims earn top rankings

Newsweek recently released their list of “America’s Best Online Learning Colleges 2023.” Northern Colorado’s Front Range Community College (FRCC) and Aims Community College both made the list, along with two other Colorado schools – Adams State University based on Alamosa and Colorado Christian University based in Lakewood. Click here to view the complete rankings.

Regional Launch of Education Pathways to Employment

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, and The Weld Trust, in partnership with Colorado Succeeds, recently launched the Education Pathways to Employment initiative. The goal of the regional collaboration is to support learners in Northern Colorado by helping them identify pathways to achieve career success. Explore these key resources shared at the launch event: Northern Colorado K20 Education Pathways to Employment Report, Report Presentation Slides and NoCo Works Executive Summary.

IRES 4th Quarter Report

Information and Real Estate Services (IRES) recently released their Q4 2022 MarketWatch Report and in Northern Colorado home prices were up or even across the board. In Larimer County, the median sales price was $565,000 for Q4-2022, an increase of 6.6% year-over-year. The number of closed sales was down 36.2% dropping to 1,140. In Weld County, the median sales price was $480,000 for Q4-2022, a 0.0% change year-over-year. The number of closed sales was down 37.8%, coming in at 1,327. In Boulder County, the median sales price was $777,500 for Q4-2022, a 1.2 year-over-year increase. The number of closed sales was down 38.8%, coming in at 654.

January 2023

News BriefsDenver & Boulder MSA’s among nation’s Most Vibrant Art Cities

The Southern Methodist University DataArts & National Center for Arts Research recently released their 2022 Arts Vibrancy Index Report. Several Colorado Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) earned top rankings. In the category of Large Communities, the Denver MSA ranked in the Top 20 Arts-Vibrant Communities of 2022. In the category of Medium-sized Communities, the Boulder MSA ranked in the Top 10. Finally, in the category of Top 10 Small Communities, both Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs made the list. Click here to view the full Top 40 Arts-Vibrant Communities of 2022.

Colorado, CU hotspot for disruptive technology

At the recently held 2023 Colorado Business Economic Outlook summit, University of Colorado experts took the stage showcasing the “Future of Disruptive Technologies.” From quantum technology to interstellar advancements, Colorado has become a hub for disruptive technology. CU’s Cubit Quantum Initiative executive director Philip Makoty shared transformational impacts on the horizon as CU is a leader in quantum sensing. In addition, Colorado is home to 500 aerospace companies and has the nation’s second largest space economy. Click here to learn more.

Colorado Unemployment Rate continues to decline

The latest release from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment shows that Colorado’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.5% in November, which is down from 4.4% a year ago. Larimer and Broomfield counties were both at 2.8%, and Weld was at 3.5%, down from 3.7% in October. Boulder County, recorded at 2.6% in November, down from 2.8% in October. Click here to read the full press release.

December 2022

News BriefsBoulder ranks as a Best Place to Live

CBS News MoneyWatch recently released a 2022 list of Best Places to Live in the U.S. and Boulder ranked #19. MoneyWatch rankings came from, a survey company that analyzed cities with a population above 100,000 based on performance data for public schools, affordable costs of living, low crime rates and the overall satisfaction of their residents. Boulder was noted for its outdoor activities and the health and fitness of residents as well as nightlife.

Longmont makes Climate Action A List

CDP, a global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system, recently awarded the City of Longmont an A. This is a top score on climate action that only 12% of cities and counties that were scored received. Cities and counties on the A List are recognized for taking leadership on environmental action and transparency. Read the full article at:

3 Colorado Bars named Top 50 ‘Speakeasys’

The holidays are a special time to gather with family and friends. If you are looking for something different, check out one or all of the three Colorado bars that Yelp ranked as a Top 50 speakeasy bar in the U.S. Social in Fort Collins ranked #1 on the list, Williams & Graham in Denver #31 and Brooklyn’s on Boulder St in Colorado Springs #33. Click here to read the full article!