Ranked #4 on National Geographics list of the happiest cities in the United States for 2017, Fort Collins jobs might be with local agriculture, high-tech giants like Intel and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, or Colorado State University, which gives the town much of its flavor. Sixty-five miles north of Denver and less than an hour's drive from Cheyenne, Wyoming, this Colorado Front Range city has its share of the mountain view.
Colorado State University in Fort Collins has a veterinary school, veterinary teaching hospital and research facilities. The school works with a wide range of animals; they recently gave an aging polar bear a stem cell treatment for arthritis. The school has drawn tech companies to its innovative environment: HP has been a friendly neighbor there since 1978. Workers with experience in technology or agriculture will feel just as at home in Fort Collins, and with a view of the beautiful Rocky Mountains a benefit of every position there, it's not a hard sell.
While craft brewing has been sweeping the state, big-league beermaker Anheuser-Busch has been running its million-square-foot facility in Fort Collins since 1988. It rolls about 255 trucks of product each day and 30 rail cars per week and employs about 525 workers of the 1,000 it has in Colorado. Jobs in the brewery range from vat cleaners and specialized factory maintenance to public relations and tourFort Collins Major Employers
Healthcare and alternative energy companies are making a mark on Fort Collins economy. The local Chamber of Commerce has been working with area initiatives designed to encourage entrepreneurship in the area. With the local university available to help with employee education, companies are tackling renewable energy challenges and agricultural advances, and the number of Fort Collins area wind turbine technicians, solar panel PV installers, and robotics integration technicians is rapidly growing.
Fort Collins is not only National Geographic's 2017 fourth-happiest city, but also one of the models for Disney's Main Street USA feature in many of the company's establishments worldwide. A well-connected relationship between the city's employers and CSU's innovative researchers and thinkers is paying off in dynamic 21st-century growth that keeps the city's treasured hometown feeling alive.
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