2013 Predictions

What some of the experts tell us to expect in the year ahead:


“Certainly there are some (oil and natural-gas drilling) bills from last year that were proposed that we anticipate could come back, but it’s going to be our job to educate legislators from both parties about what opportunities the industry presents.”
Stan Dempsey, president, Colorado Petroleum Association

“We’re looking at very high meat prices next year and the year after.”
Stephen Koontz, associate professor, CSU Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

“With the price of cheap (solar) panels, we’re going to see the build-out of that sector from an employment perspective. … We’re going to see some pull into the market in places like Fort Collins.”
Former Gov. Bill Ritter, director, Center for the New Energy Economy

“A couple of segments that we are seeing strong demand for in 2013, actually an increase of about 30 percent year-over-year, is in the video surveillance market. The other application segment is the portable medical equipment sector.”
Gary Ross, chief executive officer, CADEKA, Loveland

“I’m very optimistic that 2013 will be a very good year for commercial real estate in Larimer and Weld counties; much of this sentiment is driven by the increase in activity level and closed transactions that has occurred in 2012, particularly in the past six months.”
Steve Stansfield, president and founder, Realtec, Fort Collins

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