This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to apply for the 2018 round of Blueprint 2.0 is fast approaching!
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is currently accepting applications for the 2018 round of initiatives through June 1, 2018.
Launched in 2015, Blueprint 2.0 leverages state partnerships and specialized resources to address the economic development goals of rural areas of Colorado. Blueprint 2.0 is a bottom-up effort to turn regional feedback on local economic needs into a statewide set of initiatives to advance the economies of rural communities.
The following nine initiatives are being offered for 2018:
Brand Building for Communities
Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism: CRAFT Studio 201
Grow Your Outdoor Recreation Industry
Certified Small Business Community
Film and Major Production Initiative
Creativity Lab of Colorado
Launch a Sector Partnership
Communities interested in a Blueprint 2.0 initiative are encouraged to learn more and apply online at choosecolorado.com/blueprint. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate collaboration, strong local leadership and solid support for the initiative they chose to pursue.
In 2017, 17 communities across the state benefited from Blueprint 2.0 initiatives focused on placemaking, branding, coworking, small business support, film production, outdoor recreation and tourism promotion. Past Blueprint 2.0 recipients have received technical assistance developing tourism assets, strategic business growth action plans and even a tiny home master plan.
Questions about the program or application process should be directed to Danielle Lendriet at 303-929-1042 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Meridith Marshall at 303-892-3850 or email@example.com.