|Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced that the City of Salida was selected as host of the 2014 Creative Industries Summit, which will be held May 1 – May 2, 2014.
The third annual Summit will attract over 300 artist-entrepreneurs, owners of creative sector businesses, nonprofit and municipal cultural workers and emerging creatives and encourage creative engagement and further economic progress through the synergies of professional development, networking and community building. This two-day conference will highlight a range of topics, notably those that address the practical, nuts-and-bolts approaches to creative business and how-to’s for working collectively with creatives, municipalities and businessesin the most meaningful ways.
“There are more than 186,000 jobs in Colorado’s creative sector, making it the state’s fifth largest industry cluster,” said Margaret Hunt, director of Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. “The annual Summit supports these crucial members of Colorado’s creative economy by offering professional development and networking opportunities and stimulating increased support for creatives by local governments and coalitions.”
This event welcomes people to experience creative excellence in action within the Salida Creative District, a State Certified Creative District. Salida received the Certified Creative District award in 2012 and has seen further growth in economic impact and jobs in the year since the award. Sales and lodging are at an all-time high, with $3.95 million in sales tax collection and this year is on track to set another record.
“Salida is honored to have been selected the host city for the 2014 CCI Summit,” said Don Stephens, mayor of the City of Salida. “We are proud to show off our SteamPlant Theater & Event Center and river plaza, which have been instrumental in the strong resurgence and revitalization of historic downtown over the last 15 years. Our many local artisans are eager to share their work as well as their love for art and our community, and we look forward to hosting guests from all over the great state of Colorado.”
Online session proposals will be available in mid-September and registration will open in January. Visit coloradocreativeindustries.org for updates.
About the Salida Creative District
Nestled on the Arkansas River in historic downtown, the Salida Creative District serves as an economic hub of activity. Approximately 100 creative enterprises are located within the district and serve as its key organizing principle. There are 21 artists-owned studios and galleries and 13 performance venues. Thirteen locally-owned restaurants host revolving exhibitions of local art. Visit salidachamber.org for travel and tourism information.
About Colorado Creative Industries
Colorado Creative Industries is a division of the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The agency’s mission is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life. CCI provides financial and professional assistance to creative entrepreneurs, arts organizations, schools and municipal agencies, and markets Colorado’s creative economy nationally and internationally.