Colorado State University Economic Development Office, NCEDC to Collaborate on Survey of Larimer County Businesses

Colorado State University’s Office of Economic Development and the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp. will survey 850 businesses in the next few weeks to determine business perceptions of future workforce needs.

The benefit of businesses taking this online survey will result in a more qualified workforce. The survey is a product of the Northern Colorado Workforce Initiative – an effort led by the NCEDC – that aims to bridge the gap between education and business by training and matching jobs to local talent. Other participants in the initiative include K-12 districts, community colleges, Larimer County Workforce Center, Chambers of Commerce, private industries and non-profit organizations.

"We want owners of businesses small and large to complete the survey so we have a better picture of skills employers seek and the workforce that’s available," said Maury Dobbie, president and chief executive officer of NCEDC. "Our overall goal is to be more demand-driven in our approach as we listen to primary employers, share that information with educators and trainers, and thus better match employers and workers."

Invitations to take the online surveys are expected to be mailed the week of July 1. The survey will take about 35 minutes to complete. Business owners with questions about the survey should call NCEDC at (970) 667-0905.