Northern Colorado News Briefs
CSU awarded coronavirus research grant
Infectious disease researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) will receive $699,994 from Biomedical Advanced Research (BARDA) to further develop a virus inactivation process, successfully used for MERS, which has the potential to inactivate the novel coronavirus. The overriding goal of the research is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the SolaVAX process to inactivate the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. It could also advance vaccine manufacturing capabilities globally. Click here to learn more.
Loveland launches digital visitors guide
Visit Loveland has launched its first all-digital visitors guide. The interactive publication features Loveland's open spaces and outdoor recreation, local art and culture, Top 10 lists for families, signature events, eat/drink spotlights and more. Click here to take a look!
Longmont's NextLight ranks as fastest Internet in region
PCMag recently released their list of The Fastest ISPs of 2020 and Longmont's municipal-broadband service, NextLight, led its seven-state region in speed performance and ranks among the fastest in the nation. The region includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. NextLight ranked as faster than other providers with speeds that were about twice as fast as the nearest competitor, Comcast's Xfinity.
1st Quarter home prices hold steady
Information and Real Estate Services (IRES) released their Q1 2020 Marketwatch Report and in Northern Colorado prices held steady. In Larimer County, the average sales price was $471,390 for Q1-2020, an increase of 1.4% year-over-year. The number of closed sales was up by 4.9% reaching 990. In Weld County, the average sales price was $391,083 for Q1-2020, a 5.3% year-over-year increase. The number of closed sales was up 1.6%, coming in at 1,143. In Boulder County, the average sales price was $770,231 for Q1-2020, a 0.8% year-over-year increase. The number of closed sales was up 13%, coming in at 660.
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Great American Beer Festival goes virtual
The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) will go virtual this year October 16-17, 2020. Plans for the immersive online experience include conversations with brewers, local brewery activations, and at-home beer and food pairing deliveries. In addition, the renowned professional beer competition will take place with more than 7,000 anticipated entries to identify the three beers that best represent each style category. Click here for the complete press release: https://www.brewersassociation.org/press-releases/great-american-beer-festival-pivots-for-2020/
Larimer & Weld County response funds for nonprofits
In a joint partnership, the United Way of Larimer County and Community Foundation of Northern Colorado established the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund. Grants from this fund are being awarded to nonprofit organizations that support people disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Recipients include Crossroads Safehouse, Turning Point, The Matthews House and Homeward Alliance. In neighboring Weld County, the United Way of Weld County and the Weld Community Foundation have created The Weld Recovers Fund. The fund is supporting organizations that can help county residents with food and other needs that have arisen due to COVID-19. Recipients to-date include A Woman’s Place, Salvation Army of Greeley, Weld Food Bank and the Boys & Girls Club of Weld County. Learn more at: Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund and Weld Recovers Fund.
NoCo communities supporting local businesses
Communities across Northern Colorado are taking a pro-active approach to supporting local businesses. In Berthoud, the town approved a $300,000 fund to provide grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 to Berthoud businesses that apply and meet specific criteria. In Fort Collins, a $5 million loan fund was announced that will be used to benefit businesses county-wide. A Greeley Area Recovery Fund has also been created which will provide grants to local businesses ranging from $3,000 to $4,000. Windsor, Johnstown, Loveland and Estes Park have similar efforts. Click here for a complete list of community efforts to support local businesses.
Colorado joins Western States COVID Pact
Colorado and Nevada have joined California, Oregon and Washington state to form a Western States Pact in the fight against COVID-19. The states will share best practices on protecting vulnerable populations, building medical capacity and tracking the spread of COVID while helping the economy recover.