NoCo News Briefs
April 2018 | March 2018 | February 2018
Greeley MSA 3rd fastest growing
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Greeley metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was the 3rd fastest growing MSA in the United States from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The Greeley MSA, which encompasses Weld County, grew by 3.5% to reach a total population of 304,633. Comparatively, the Boulder MSA grew by 0.4% and the Fort Collins-Loveland MSA by 1.6%.
Weld, Larimer Counties added jobs January to January
Weld, Larimer and Boulder Valley counties added jobs in January 2018 over the same month a year prior. Weld County added 7,479 jobs January 2018 over January 2017 while Larimer County added 6,146 and Boulder County added 4,414. For more information and comprehensive analysis, check out: https://bizwest.com/2018/03/12/noco-boulder-valley-counties-add-jobs-january-january/.
Two UCHealth hospitals make Top 100
Two UCHealth hospitals recently made Healthgrades' 2018 list of America's 100 Best Hospitals. Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and SCL Health's Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette both made the list, which puts them in the top 2% of hospitals for exhibiting clinical excellence for at least three consecutive years. You can view the complete findings at: https://www.healthgrades.com/quality/top-hospitals-2018.
Fort Collins finalist in 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge
The Bloomberg 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge is underway and out of 320 applicants, 35 cities have been selected as finalists and have been recognized as Champion Cities. The Bloomberg 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge is a nationwide challenge that encourages city leaders to find innovative solutions to the toughest problems facing their city. Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver are among the 35 finalists and will transition into a six-month testing period where they test prototypes of their ideas with up to $100,000 in funding per city. Click here to learn more about the ongoing competition.
2017 Regional Housing Snapshot
Information and Real Estate Services (IRES), our Northern Colorado MLS, released final numbers for the Regional Snapshot 2017. In Greeley, the number of Listings Sold was down 15% while the Median Sales Price was up 10%, reaching $275,000. The Average Days on Market (ADOM) decreased by 21.2%, lowering to 52 days. In Loveland, the number of Listings Sold was up by 11.3% and the Median Sales Price up by 4.3%, reaching $360,000. The ADOM in Loveland was down 3.8% over last year to reach 77 days. In nearby Fort Collins, the number of Listings Sold increased by 2% and the Median Sales Price increased by 7% to reach $381,395. The ADOM for Fort Collins dropped 6.6% to hit 71 days.
Colorado a Top 10 'Happiest State'
The Gallup-Sharecare 2017 State of American Well-Being Rankings were recently released and Colorado came in at #6. Colorado and Hawaii are the only two states to have made the Top 10 since the index began in 2008. The goal of the index is to measure how Americans feel about their physical health, social connections, finances, community and sense of purpose. Learn more at: http://www.well-beingindex.com/2017-gswbi-state-rankings.
Milken: Fort Collins a best performing city
The Milken Institute recently released their list of the 2017 best-performing large cities and Fort Collins came in at #5. Metropolitan areas were measured in regard to economic performance using metrics like job creation, wage gains, and technology developments. The Denver/Aurora/Lakewood also made the list, coming in at #23. You can download the complete report at: http://www.milkeninstitute.org/publications/view/897
Colorado a top 10 state for women entrepreneurs
According to FitSmallBusiness.com, the state of Colorado is one of the most desirable states for female entrepreneurs. The online publication for small business owners ranked all 50 states based on factors like the % of women-owned firms, % of state's business revenues coming from women-owned firms and women's economic clout within the state. Colorado ranked #6 overall. Check out the complete findings at: https://fitsmallbusiness.com/best-states-for-women-entrepreneurs/.
Contract approved for NoCo I-25 express lanes
The Colorado Department of Transportation recently approved a $248 million contract with Kraemer/IHC to add express lanes on Interstate 25 from Johnstown to Fort Collins. This is big news for the region as ground can now break on the expansion. To learn more about improvements being made to I-25 visit https://fixnorthi25.com/.