Community building through networking is a central component of Downtown Colorado, Inc.'s (DCI) annual In the Game conference. To foster these ideals, DCI organizes Challenge Studios that offer a unique opportunity for local leaders from across the state to workshop their issues and learn how other jurisdictions have dealt with similar challenges.
At this year's conference, five communities engaged in the Challenge Studio process, addressing issues ranging from revitalizing downtowns and arts spaces to engaging businesses and unifying neighboring communities.
The following videos present this year's challenge studio participants, their problems and the solutions they plan to implement in the coming year.
The City of Aspen struggles to receive input from local businesses in policy processes and proposes to create an advisory board that includes local businesses to encourage business owner input.
Center Focuses on Downtown Revitalization
As the "hempicenter" of Colorado, the Town of Center is poised for growth and looking to attract diverse businesses to its eight empty Main Street store fronts to revitalize its downtown and create new opportunities for the town's young workforce.
Eagle Looks to Attract I-70 Visitor Traffic
The family-oriented community of Eagle plans to attract more visitors from I-70 with their recreational amenities, future redevelopments and downtown businesses by creating a revitalization committee.
Ouray, Silverton and Durango Unify for a Sustainable Future
The Million Dollar Highway links the communities of Ouray, Silverton and Durango in Southwest Colorado. It's a remote part of the state with gritty communities that are joining forces to plan for a more resilient economy for year-round sustainability.
Trinidad's Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre Pursues New Funding Mechanisms
The Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT) in Trindad has grown from offering seasonal plays to year-round professional programming for youth and adults in the arts and beyond. They are seeking additional investments to support the SCRT into the future.