Round 2 of state economic initiative draws local interest
By Pat Sunderland
Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:19 am
The City of Delta is lending support to Delta County Economic Development in two efforts to support local business development and entrepreneurship.
DCED is following up on last year's Blueprint 2.0 success and has submitted an application for a Co-working 101 Initiative offered through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). DCED previously received technical assistance for tourism promotion and to create a local business marketing brand.
The Co-working 101 Initiative will support DCED, Delta-Montrose Technical College, the city and local business owners as they move forward with the ENGAGE Innovation Center in the old City Market/Chaco building.
If successful, the applicants would work with OEDIT to determine how co-working space can bring people with similar goals together in a common work space to benefit the community.
Trish Thibodo, DCED executive director, said about nine different initiatives are being offered in Round 2 of Blueprint 2.0. She is also preparing an application for Delta County to be designated a Certified Small Business Community.
This initiative includes financial support -- up to $10,000 in coaching, mentoring and technical assistance from the Colorado SBDC Network, and up to $30,000 in cash to assist with the completion of an action plan project. But only two communities in Colorado will be selected for designation.
According to information provided by Thibodo, "The Certified Small Business Community Initiative is a Colorado SBDC Network offering that will assist rural communities who want to take their entrepreneurship promotion and retention to the next level and be a standard bearer for the State of Colorado. Selected communities (can be one town/city, several towns working together or a county) will receive a designation of a 'Certified Small Business Community' to promote a great place to 'Work, Live and Play' in Colorado."
"This could be another way to support local businesses, local business development, enterpreneurship and continue to expand our reputation around the state for innovation," said Thibodo, who likened the initiative to state-designated Creative Districts.
OEDIT describes the Blueprint 2.0 Initiatives as a "bottom-up effort to turn regional feedback on local economic needs into a statewide set of initiatives to advance the economies of communities around the state. Blueprint 2.0's goal is to leverage state partnerships and specialized resources in service of the unique economic development goals of rural Colorado."