What does it mean to have a strong, resilient workforce? How can our region fortify employee training programs across the continuum to ensure a talent pool for our vibrant economy, as well as nurture and stoke entrepreneurship for our greater world?

Join our presenters, Yvonne Myers, VP of Strategic Initiatives for the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce; Tracy Mead, Chief Executive Office of Project Self-Sufficiency of Northern Colorado, Allison Seabeck; Executive Director of The Warehouse Business Accelerator; and Mike Freeman, General Partner and CEO of Innosphere Ventures, on Thursday, June 8 to learn more about local efforts to prepare young people for careers; offer training and education for our current workforce; and how we are creating an ecosystem for entrepreneurs working to solve global issues in our backyard.

Workforce Preparation, Training, & Development

Thursday, June 8, 2023
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
Space is limited; light lunch provided


Upcoming Community Issue Briefing dates:
Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and will include lunch. Meetings will take place at the Community Foundation unless otherwise noted.

No briefings in July or August 
September 14
October 12
November 9

Previous Community Issue Briefing Topics and Resources:

May 11: Immigration Today: How does Northern Colorado Support our Newest Residents?
Speakers: Amy Hoeven of the Community Dreamer Fund, Patricia Miller of Alianza NORCO, and Arpi Miller of ISAAC of Northern Colorado
Resources: Community Dreamer Fund presentation; Alianza NORCO presentation; Video – ISAAC of Northern Colorado: How We WorkISAAC of Northern Colorado presentation; Immigrant Fact Sheet; Video – Animated Map Shows History of Immigration to the US

April 13: Childcare: The Economy and Our Future
Speakers: Liz Means, Early Childhood Council of Larimer County, Anne Lance, Teaching Tree; Laurie Dale Marshall, Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success; Gail Yant, Thompson Valley Preschool; and Allison Hines, Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County
Resources: PDF of the presentation; Early Childhood Council presentation; EVCIS presentation; Larimer Child Care Connect ;Larimer Child Care Fund (in partnership with United Way of Larimer County); Workforce Roadmap Report Larimer Thrive by Five 2023 Childcare Ballot Initiative

March 9: Behavioral and Mental Health
Speakers: Laurie Stolen, Director of Behavioral Health, Larimer County Behavioral and Mental Health Services; Michael Allen, Executive Director, SummitStone Health Partners; Scott Smith, Executive Director, Alliance for Suicide Prevention; and Brian Kingsley, Superintendent, Poudre School District
Resources: PDF of the presentation; Poudre School District presentation; Larimer County Behavioral and Mental Health Services presentation; 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

February 9: Regional Housing Challenges
Speakers: Kelly Evans, Executive Director, Neighbor to Neighbor; Jeff Feneis, Executive Director, Loveland Housing Authority; Becky Ezzell, Finance Director, Loveland Habitat for Humanity; and Cindy Hammond, Executive Director, Loveland Habitat for Humanity
Resources: PDF of the presentation; Neighbor to Neighbor video; Loveland Habitat for Humanity video

Community Champions

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