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CSU helps keep downtown lights glowing

December 5, 2012

CSU has joined with several other community partners to help keep downtown Fort Collins aglow this holiday season.

Thousands of LED lights illuminate downtown Fort Collins this holiday season.CSU’s Division of External Relations and Department of Athletics have stepped up to keep the holiday lights twinkling in downtown Fort Collins.

The Downtown holiday lights were slated to experience budget cuts this year, but the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association, the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Fort Collins, along with CSU and other community sponsors, made the lights a reality this year.

Multiple partners

The lights, including set up and take down, cost approximately $100,000 annually. Other community sponsors include OtterBox, Eye Center of Northern Colorado, Poudre Valley Hospital-University of Colorado Health, Cosner Financial Group, Woodward and the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

“This is exactly the type of project we want to be a part of,” said Tom Milligan, CSU’s vice president of External Relations. “We have a long history of partnering with the City of Fort Collins, and we are very pleased to help keep alive a cherished tradition in the city.”

Thousands of lights twinkling

Thousands of LED lights wrap tree trunks and hang in the canopies of the trees in downtown along College Avenue. The lighted trees stretch from Magnolia Street to Laporte Avenue, with Mountain Avenue, Linden Street, Old Town Square, Oak Street Plaza and Pine Street also illuminated.

“The holiday lights are key to setting the stage for a magical holiday mood during a critical economic time for Downtown Fort Collins. With the generous support of community-minded organizations, like Colorado State University, the holiday lights continue to illuminate our historic area, illustrating the commitment and love Fort Collins feels for Downtown,” said Peggy Lyle, assistant director for the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association.

No. 1 downtown in the nation

Fort Collins continues to collect accolades as a great place to live and do business. Livability named Old Town Fort Collins the No. 1 downtown in the nation and Forbes recently listed Fort Collins as a "Great Urban Weekend Escape."