A consulting report titled “City of Fort Collins: Economic Health Strategic Plan, December 2011” has been submitted to the City by Austin-based consultant TIP Strategies, Inc.
I’m going out on a minor limb, but I think this is probably the first-ever professionally prepared, data-driven economic plan in the city’s history, and it’s a good one.
The guiding principles are that the City’s ‘economic health program seeks to create a vibrant, resilient economy,’ and the ‘collaboration of government, academia, companies, and non-profits is the foundation of this approach.’
The plan outlines four main objectives for the community to consider:
- A comprehensive, collaborative, and effective structure for managing economic development in Fort Collins.
- A robust innovation ecosystem and economy that supports companies at all stages of growth.
- A complete system for talent management that meets the needs of current and future employers.
- High quality community assets and infrastructure necessary to attract and retain employers and talent.
The report is chock-a-block full of information and you can find it here.