Larimer & Weld County response funds for nonprofits
In a joint partnership, the United Way of Larimer County and Community Foundation of Northern Colorado established the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund. Grants from this fund are being awarded to nonprofit organizations that support people disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Recipients include Crossroads Safehouse, Turning Point, The Matthews House and Homeward Alliance. In neighboring Weld County, the United Way of Weld County and the Weld Community Foundation have created The Weld Recovers Fund. The fund is supporting organizations that can help county residents with food and other needs that have arisen due to COVID-19. Recipients to-date include A Woman’s Place, Salvation Army of Greeley, Weld Food Bank and the Boys & Girls Club of Weld County. Learn more at: Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund and Weld Recovers Fund.
NoCo communities supporting local businesses
Communities across Northern Colorado are taking a pro-active approach to supporting local businesses. In Berthoud, the town approved a $300,000 fund to provide grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 to Berthoud businesses that apply and meet specific criteria. In Fort Collins, a $5 million loan fund was announced that will be used to benefit businesses county-wide. A Greeley Area Recovery Fund has also been created which will provide grants to local businesses ranging from $3,000 to $4,000. Windsor, Johnstown, Loveland and Estes Park have similar efforts. Click here for a complete list of community efforts to support local businesses.
Colorado joins Western States COVID Pact
Colorado and Nevada have joined California, Oregon and Washington state to form a Western States Pact in the fight against COVID-19. The states will share best practices on protecting vulnerable populations, building medical capacity and tracking the spread of COVID while helping the economy recover.
Greeley 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: https://www.nocofoundation.org/covid-19.
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.
New 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: https://bizwest.com/category/special_publications/
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.