Northern Colorado news Briefs
CSU tops Sustainable Campus Index
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education recently released their 2020 Sustainable Campus Index and Colorado State University (CSU) ranked as an overall Top Performer. Institutions were scored in 17 categorical impact areas. CSU received a score of 100% in the areas of Curriculum and Research, and came in first place in the category of Doctoral Institutions. Click here to read the full CSU press release.
BizWest 2021 Giving Guide released
BizWest just released their 2021 Giving Guide. This annual magazine is dedicated to nonprofit organizations and serves as a resource for charitable givers to find a deserving nonprofit organization and designate a gift. Click here to browse the guide online.
City of Fort Collins partners with NoCo Nosh to help local restaurants
The City of Fort Collins has partnered with NoCo Nosh to help restaurants offer delivery and takeout services by covering the commission costs to restaurants. This means that a restaurant will not have to pay anything to NoCo Nosh for taking, processing, and fulfilling a takeout or delivery order on the NoCo Nosh platform through December 30, 2020. The City will also be covering the processing fee and the first $0.50 of the delivery fee charged to Fort Collins residents placing orders on the NoCo Nosh platform, during the same period. Fort Collins restaurants can also sign up with NoCo Nosh at no cost now until December 30, 2021. Click here to access the Fort Collins Restaurant Sign Up Form.
Fort Collins ranked #1 Top Places to Live
Fort Collins recently ranked #1 on Livability's 2020 Top Places List followed by Longmont #25, Castle Rock #34 and Loveland #39. Livability ranks small-to-medium sized cities based on key factors like community amenities, education, sustainability, transportation, housing and the economy. This year's list also took into account a new metric called an "opportunity score" that Livability used to determine each city's landscape of opportunity, including variables like job numbers, broadband access, economic resilience and growth.
IRES 3rd Quarter homes prices, close sales up
Information and Real Estate Services (IRES) recently released their Q3 2020 MarketWatch Report and in Northern Colorado home prices were up across the board. In Larimer County, the average sales price was $514,523 for Q3-2020, an increase of 9.8% year-over-year. The number of closed sales was up by 30.5% reaching 1,988. In Weld County, the average sales price was $426,210 for Q3-2020, a 7.6% year-over-year increase. The number of closed sales was up 16.1%, coming in at 1,890. In Boulder County, the average sales price was $823,678 for Q3-2020, an 8.7% year-over-year increase. The number of closed sales was up 26%, coming in at 1,227.
United Way expands relief fund
United Way of Larimer County recently expanded the Cameron Peak Fire Response Fund to become the Larimer County Fire Recovery Fund. The fund is now aimed and raising support and resources to combat the Cameron Peak Fire and East Troublesome Fire. You click here to donate online, text “LARIMERUNITED” to 41444 to make a gift or text "COGIVES" to 501501 to automatically donate $10.
Nearly 37K nonfarm workforce jobs added in August
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment recently released employment data showing Colorado's nonfarm workforce grew by 36,900 in August. In all, the state has gained 178,500 jobs during the past four months, according to the CDLE's survey of business establishments. Denver has added 18,800 jobs followed by Boulder (4,200), Colorado Springs (4,000), Fort Collins (2,000), Grand Junction (1,300), Greeley (600) and Pueblo (500). Colorado is at a 52.1% job recovery rate of nonfarm jobs from the COVID-19 pandemic, more than the national rate of 47.9%. Click here for the complete press release.
CSU awarded additional $3.1M for COVID vaccine development
A group of scientists at Colorado State University was awarded a base $3.1 million contract from the National Institutes of Health to continue development of a coronavirus vaccine called SolaVAX™. The research team aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of the SolaVAX process to inactivate SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, to be used in a vaccine against the disease. Click here for the complete press release.
Hotel occupancy, rates bounce back
The Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association recently released their August 2020 Rocky Mountain Lodging Report. Due to COVID-19, hotels had been facing lower occupancy rates and prices. In August, however, data shows the industry bouncing back. For example, Estes Park had an August occupancy rate of 70.4% and average daily price of $216.99. In April, those figures were 7% and $132.17 respectively. Fort Collins hotels posted an occupancy rate of 62.1% in August with an average daily price of $109.29. Loveland hotels were 52.6% occupied in August, a month where average rates were $97.72 per night. In Greeley, the monthly occupancy rate was 52.0% with a cost of $81.42 per night on average.