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Gov. Hickenlooper Visits Fort Collins, Stresses Entrepreneurship

Grace Hood

Governor John Hickenlooper swung through Northern Colorado today in what he’s calling a “follow up” to his economic blueprint plan. The blueprint came after Hickenlooper solicited feedback from business leaders in all 64 Colorado counties in his "bottom up" economic development process. It includes six specific goals, including efforts to recruit and retain more businesses.On Thursday, entrepreneurship in Colorado was a particular focus when Hickenlooper visited the new offices of Otter Box. The company designs cases for electronic devices. Otter Box has expanded in recent years, and moved into a new space in June 2011.

“Part of my job is to be Salesman in Chief of Colorado. To really sell Colorado, I’ve got to hear the stories of entrepreneurs and how they succeeded,” he said.

Hickenlooper also visited the Colorado State University-Fort Collins campus and will end his day in Longmont at KISSS America, a company that sells sub-surface irrigation products.