As work progresses on the city's alternate truck route, efforts to ensure downtown Delta remains vibrant are underway.
At a recent meeting of the downtown revitalization committee, Delta city manager Justin Clifton gave a presentation on different funding structures — business improvement district, urban renewal authority and a downtown development authority.
He then discussed other towns and cities in Colorado and their funding structures. Most often, observed chamber director Kami Collins after the meeting, it's a case of several overlapping organizations with a different focus. For example, the chamber focuses on all members, some of which are downtown, whereas a downtown development authority would focus on all downtown businesses, even if they aren't paying members of the organization. In the studies presented by Clifton, a lot of organizations work hand in hand and have their own projects.
Business owners and managers at the meeting decided some type of formal funding structure is needed, but were undecided on which direction to go. The city will remain a partner in the initiative but will not take the lead and will not provide funding.
The next step is for the city's community development department to pull together more specific details from the state's Main Street program, Grand Junction, Montrose and others to determine how funding structures are formed. At the next meeting Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, that information will be provided and discussions can begin on what type of organization the businesses want and how the effort should be funded.
Collins said during a recent chamber board retreat, a downtown revitalization committee was formed. That committee will attend downtown revitalization meetings, represent chamber members who are located downtown, and help foster positive change.