In the fall of 2012, a delegation of 47 local leaders representing business, government and education participated in the Chamber’s 19th annual community leadership visit. This year’s destination was Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Fort Collins visit exposed Springfield leaders to a region that places a great emphasis on quality of life and in creating the type of “place” that attracts top-level talent from all over the world. Fort Collins also has the right formula for supporting entrepreneurs through various funding models and innovative mentoring programs that connect seasoned business owners with less experienced entrepreneurs. Fort Collins takes a strategic approach to investing in their physical space and is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. The Springfield delegation also learned about Fort Collins’ ongoing efforts to foster the relationship between the business community and local government officials.
As we consider how to best position the Springfield region to compete in a global economy, community leaders hope the lessons learned in Fort Collins will serve as affirmation to reinforce the good things happening here as well as inspiration for continued progress.
The following report shares some observations resulting from the visit. We hope you find it interesting and informative.
2012 Community Leadership Visit (Fort Collins, CO)