Business Buzz: Brother’s to host Chamber Mixer this week
Brothers Custom Processing will host a Craig Chamber of Commerce after hours mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 383 East First Street in Craig. For more information, or to RSVP contact the chamber at 970-824-5689.
Gov. Hickenlooper launches program to assist rural economies
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the next phase for the Colorado Blueprint 2.0, or Blueprint Initiatives, and he invites the rural communities and regions to apply for specialized resources to help make their economies more robust, according to a news release.
“These initiatives are all outcomes of the informative roundtables we held in communities throughout the state last year,” Hickenlooper said in a statement. “We will be deploying the most requested resources across the state through Blueprint Initiatives.”
Until June 1, rural Colorado communities and regions can apply for specialized resources from the Colorado Office of Economic Development, other state agencies and external partners to help address their unique economic development issues. Regions and communities must apply through their local economic developer to ensure there is broad support in the community for the initiative. Selected communities will be announced in July for site visits accompanying the resources, with additional communities being selected for visits in 2017.
Resources communities can apply for include the following.
• Growing the outdoor recreation industry
• Strengthening local business brands
• Industry attraction initiatives
• Analyzing competitive advantages
• Tourism promotion and development
• Incubator/accelerator best practices
• Tiny homes community master plan
• Creative industries initiative
• Adaptive reuse workshops
• Community-led initiatives
Beginning Aug. 1 through the end of 2016, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s Executive Director Fiona Arnold and external partners will visit selected sites to connect them to the specialized resources they applied for. Additional visits will take place in 2017.
Interested applicants can visit the Blueprint 2.0 website to learn more about requirements and selection factors that the selection committee will consider when choosing community applications. The website also provides a list of local economic developers to contact about pursuing a Blueprint Initiative application.
For more information, visit advancecolorado.com/colorado-blueprint-20. For a direct Blueprint 2.0 contact, please email Meridith Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brad Revare at email@example.com.
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