Fort Collins Economic Outlook

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Mar 122013

Author: Lena Howland


As jobs numbers increase and the unemployment rate decreases, the Fort Collins economy is looking up for the first time in several years.

With private companies hiring more and more people within the community, they are providing a boost to the local economy.

OtterBox, a locally owned and operated private company, has seen an increase of more than 3000% within the past few years. This points to a major sign that Fort Collins has entered the economic recovery due to more businesses adding more jobs.

According to the February national jobs report, 236,000 jobs have been added in the month of February alone and the unemployment rate has decreased from 7.9% to 7.7%.

CTV News: Body Found in Arvada

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Oct 102012

Author: Michael McNulty

[youtube][/youtube]Tonight on CTV News on Channel 11, Westminster police won’t say whether the body found in Arvada is connected to the Jessica Ridgeway case. Investigators continue to process the scene.

Reporter Lena Howland takes a look at one local company benefiting from the iPhone 5 release. How Otterbox is handling the demand for cases.

Reporter Dillon Thomas partakes in the annual Chili Challenge on campus. The challenge was held by the Poudre Fire Authority in conjunction with Fire Prevention week.

Weather anchor Kari Pills gives us an update of the changing weather and what to expect for the rest of the week.

All this and more on CTV11.

OtterBox teams up with Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer Crusades

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Oct 102012

Author: Kelsey Peterson


Partners since 2008, OtterBox is teaming up with the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade in the month of October to promote strength in numbers during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. OtterBox’s limited edition pink and white Commuter Series Pink is Strength cases have helped to raise over $1.3 million already for the Crusade. These funds are being put towards educating both men and women in the United States of the importance of breast cancer screening and breast health. For more information, visit

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iPhone 5 spikes OtterBox growth

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Oct 092012

Author: Lena Howland


A launch of a new Apple product means big business for one Fort Collins company.

Since the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5 on September 21, OtterBox has sold millions of protective cases.

The company’s Product Development Team primarily used online research by watching the same blogs that consumers do in order to estimate the features of the new device.

Long hours, countless designs and hard work led to the development of the OtterBox iPhone 5 case which launched the same day as the phone.

The high demand of the product led the company to hire more employees from the Northern Colorado area and brought in business partners from all over the world.

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