State Program Designed to Support Rural Communities with Development of Vision and Economic Plan
Denver (March 31, 2017) – The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) today announced three Colorado communities have been chosen for the 2017 Community Assessment program. Each community will receive assistance with creating a community vision and economic development plan.
The three communities chosen through a competitive process are the towns of Hayden and Bayfield and Custer County. The Community Assessment Program will provide each with a tailored assessment to meet the unique needs of the awarded communities.
The community assessment process will take place on-site over two and a half days. Community members are encouraged to attend and participate in the process. Assessments have been scheduled as follows:
Custer County 5/10-5/12
The assessment will start with a community tour and a community dinner on the first night, followed by a day of stakeholder meetings, culminating in a presentation of the assessment teams’ observations and recommendations. Observation teams will consist of OEDIT and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) staff and experts.
Communities will be required to report back to OEDIT within one month of the assessment to indicate which recommendations they intend to follow through with. Yearly follow-ups for two years subsequently are also required of the communities.
“This program is designed to help rural communities gain insight into their unique challenges and strengths, and create actionable items to address them. Each assessment will be individually tailored to the specific needs of the community,” said health and wellness champion and senior regional manager for regional development Meridith Marshall.
Requirements of the program include a 2:1 match, which can be met through in-kind donations, and a demonstrated ability to implement the assessment recommendations.
The total funding for the program is $39,000 and will be divided among community assessment recipients. Questions about the program should be directed to Marshall at (303) 892-3850 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Danielle Lendriet at (303) 844-3711 or email@example.com.