northern colorado news briefs
Brands at the Ranch: Gondolas, The Great Colorado Experience & More
Business and community leaders recently gathered to learn about updated plans for the Brands at the Ranch development located in northeast Loveland and West Windsor. The overall vision for the development has shifted from being retail-centric to an entertainment/events venue. Plans currently include a gondola that would start near the Northern Colorado Regional Airport and extend over I-25 making stops at various locations within the Brands at the Ranch. In addition, consideration is being given to an attraction called The Great Colorado Experience which could include 5D projections, rope courses, virtual reality experiences and more. Stay on top of the latest news and updates at www.brandsattheranch.com.
New economic development website launched
The city of Loveland Economic Development Department recently launched lovelandeconomicdevelopment.org, a web portal designed to attract business owners and managers who are considering Loveland as a community in which to relocate, expand or launch. The site includes a map with property search information and meta data that includes transportation options, utility infrastructure, and incentive zones. In addition, the site is packed with community demographic and economic data, resource packages and descriptions of business incentives.
Northern Colorado hospitals receive top rankings
U.S. News and World Report recently released their rankings of the best hospitals in the United States. UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies, located in Loveland, tied for 7th in the state with UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins ranked 11th in the state. Click here to view the full report: https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals
Three front range communities named 'Most Dynamic Metropolitans'
The Walton Family Foundation recently released their rankings of the 'Most Dynamic Metropolitans' in the United States. Greeley ranked #8, Fort Collins #14 and Boulder #22 out of 379 metropolitan areas. The goal of the research was to objectively measure the economic vibrancy of communities where the majority of Americans work and live. Factors taken into account included job growth, proportion of total jobs at young firms and income gains. Click here to view the complete report.
Boulder, Fort Collins, Loveland leaders in craft beer
C+R Research released a study of which communities have the most breweries per 50,000 people. Boulder took the #4 spot with 14, Fort Collins ranked #11 with 8 and Loveland came in at #12 with 7. The most popular brewery identified for each community were, respectively, Sanitas Brewing, New Belgium Brewing and Loveland Aleworks. Click here to view the complete rankings.
Regional airport receives grant
The Northern Colorado Regional Airport recently received a $162,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program. Grant money will be used to update the airport master plan which will be completed in the first quarter of 2020. You can learn more about the Northern Colorado Regional Airport at www.flynoco.com.
Timnath records regions highest population growth
According to latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Timnath experienced the highest population growth rate among Northern Colorado cities from July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018. Timnath had a one-year growth of 21.52%, reaching a population of 3,992 people. Also posting a high population growth rate was nearby Severance, coming in at 16.82% to reach 5,064 residents. Berthoud was not far behind with a one-year growth rate of 15.04%, bringing the community to 7,946 residents. Click here to explore additional Colorado census data.
NoCo NOSH delivery service
A new food delivery service app for local, independent restaurants has hit the market. Approximately 50 Northern Colorado restaurateurs collaborated on the design and development of NoCo NOSH, which is powered by a local customer service team and allows restaurants to stay in direct contact with their customers. The impetus for development came from local restaurants getting charged increasingly high and unsustainable commission rates by large corporate delivery services like GrubHub and DoorDash. You can learn more and download the app at: www.noconosh.com
Colorado's Aerotropolis receives additional funding
Last fall a groundbreaking ceremony was held as development began on 21,000 acres of land just south of Denver International Airport (DIA). The Aerotropolis development will bring new housing and businesses to the doorstep of DIA. One of the biggest Aerotropolis projects, Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, has already opened their doors for business and in May the Aerotropolis Regional Transportation Authority voted to issue bonds that over the next 20+ years will amount to $200 million in transportation improvements to the area. These improvements include new interchanges on E-470 and I-70 as well as a new major north-south thoroughfare. Click here to learn more about the Colorado's Aerotropolis: https://www.codot.gov/library/studies/study-archives/aerotropolis