Celebrating Local Character.
Supporting Independent Businesses.
Strengthening Colorado's Downtowns.


2018 IN THE GAME has been such an inspirational, educational, and fun event. The event was full of changemakers, big thinkers, and downtown champions. This year, we showed off one of the most vibrant downtowns in the state, Boulder, through our speakers, lunches, and tours. We continued to defy the traditional "talking heads" conference with our discussions of Tourism and Entrepreneurship through different lenses, our lightning ideas from brilliant Colorado thinkers, and of course our Challenge Studio Workshops. We hope to continue these themes of resiliency and collaboration and we can't wait to see you all IN THE GAME in Aspen in 2019!

Photos below are credited to Caleb Alvarado. The full album is here.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Featuring Keynotes from:

Elizabeth is the State Demographer with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, an agency focused on strengthening the capacity of Colorado’s communities and local governments. She leads the State Demography Office, which produces population and economic estimates and forecasts for use by state agencies and local governments. Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience analyzing population and economic trends in the state, and her current areas of research include aging in Colorado, characteristics of migration, and poverty. Elizabeth is an economist and received her B.A. in Business at the University of San Diego, her masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. She is also a Colorado native, something only 43% of the state’s population can claim.

Brad Segal is the founder and president of Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.), a Denverā€based real estate economics and planning consulting firm providing management, marketing and economic development services to advance downtown and community development. The firm has served more than 200 clients in 34 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and the Caribbean. Brad has nearly 30 years of downtown management and community development experience as both a practitioner and consultant. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on downtown trends and issues, strategic planning for organizations involved in downtown and community development, and creating business improvement districts. Prior to establishing P.U.M.A., Brad designed and managed economic development programs to attract jobs and investment to downtown Denver as senior director of the Downtown Denver Partnership.
NRC Vice President Michelle Kobayashi has helped local governments, other public-sector organizations and non-profits maximize public opinion for more than twenty years. She is a thought-leader in the field of survey research and evaluation, and has written numerous books and articles on the subject. She travels the country to speak professionally and lead workshops on strategic planning, resident surveys, and moreVery recently, Kobayashi gave multiple presentations and facilitated workshops at the annual ICMA conference in San Antonio.  Responses were very positive when attendees were asked if they would recommend Kobayashi as a speaker, giving her a 5-star rating.  She would be an excellent asset to the DCI conference in Boulder as a keynote speaker.
Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. Homewood is the community that is the driving force behind German’s powerful performance work, and whose cast-off relics form the language of her copiously embellished sculptures. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of her historic Homewood neighborhood. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered and in The Huffington Post, O Magazine and Essence Magazine. She is the recipient of the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. Vanessa German is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York.

 Colorado Briefs: Wednesday, April 11

 Colorado Briefs: Thursday, April 12

Dine Around Sessions 

Our sponsored Dine Around sessions were a chance for some our participants to dive deeper into subjects such as the Community Heart and Soul Program, How Music Made the Hill with the founder of AEG Presents, Cooperatives from Rocky Mountain Farmer's Union, Community Building through Marijuana, and so much more! The beautiful restaurants in these pictures are some of Boulder's bests including, Spruce Farm & Fish, The Boulder Chophouse, West End Tavern, Rueben's Burger Bistro, and the Sink.


Our tours showcased many of Boulder's amenities including their breweries and underground pubs as well as some services such as the Boulder Bridge House's Community Table Kitchen, the transit-oriented development, Boulder Junction, and the maker-space in Boulder's Public Library. Participants also got to learn more about Trinidad's Artocade while spending time on Boulder's historic Pearl Street Mall. We also showcased Longmont's wonderful Crews, Views, Brews.

Location | Rembrandt Yard-Boulder, CO


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