Save the date for DCI's 2013 Annual Conference!
September 10-13, 2013
Did You Hear About DCI's NEW CONFERENCE FORMAT?
We are going to change the way you think about conferences!
To encourage a fuller, more interactive experience, DCI is debuting a brand new conference format:
Bring your revitalization challenges to this year's conference! DCI's new conference format ensures you will leave with practical strategies for tackling your community revitalization challenges.
Organizational Partner Tracks
We are thrilled to welcome back our organizational partners, Department of Local Affairs and Colorado Creative Industries, as well as welcome APA Colorado for the first time. Each organizational partner will be holding a 5-hour session track on Wednesday, September 11.
Conference attendees can choose to purchase a Wednesday-only registration or a full conference registration which includes entrance to your choice of the organizational partner tracks.
Check back soon for details on organizational partner tracks!
Topics will include:
APA Colorado Track / Colorado Main Street Track / Colorado Creative Industries Track / Revitalization Trends in Colorado Communities / New Tools to Generate Sponsorship Revenue for Your Downtown / Smart Mobile Marketing in Action / Urban Design, Wayfinding & Digital Tools / Smart Mobility & Parking Strategies / Shared Space as a Development Tool / Public-Private Partnerships / Healthy Downtowns / Arts & Culture / Leadership in Youth / Brownfield Development
What Do Attendees Say About DCI's Annual Conference?
"Each session I attended was informative and useful. "
"I can't wait to follow up on what I learned and implement in my community."
"I look forward to the conference. It makes me remember why I like my job :)"
"It was an excellent conference with a high caliber of speakers and presenters. Tools were applicable to both large and small towns and I really appreciated the diversity in size of towns who participated."
"I have attended the last two DCI conferences. They were both informative and inspirational. The networking opportunities are good and I intend to attend again next year." --Gerhard Petri, Slaterpaull
Conference attendees include municipal officials, city managers, planners and community developers; architectural, planning and economic development consulting firms; investment bankers; attorneys; and representatives from Colorado Main Street communities, urban renewal authorities, downtown development authorities and business improvement districts. Rural, urban and suburban community leaders will all benefit. APA credits will be available for many conference sessions!
All full conference registrations (both early-bird and standard) include attendance to all conference sessions, Thursday and Friday breakfasts, AND a complimentary ticket to the Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Gala on Thursday evening. Please note that SPACE IS LIMITED FOR GOVERNOR'S AWARDS GALA and you must confirm attendance when registering. There is an additional charge for those who wish to attend the Wednesday Networking Dinner or Thursday lunch-time Dine-Arounds.
All full conference registrations include attendance to the Wednesday tracks (Main Street, Creative Districts, and APA Colorado tracks). Those interested in attending only one of these tracks can purchase a Wednesday-only registration.
Conference attendees will receive the below rates when booking at these hotels located on Main Street. Be sure to mention you are with Downtown Colorado, Inc.!
Fairfield Inn & Suites (225 Main Street, Grand Junction, 970.242.2525), $119.95/one queen or two queens. Includes hot breakfast, internet access, indoor pool, and exercise room.
Hampton Inn (205 Main Street, Grand Junction, 970.243.3222), $129.95/one king or two queens. Includes continental breakfast, internet access, outdoor pool, and exercise room.
Spring Hill Suites (236 Main Street, Grand Junction, 970.424.5777), $119.95/one king or two queens. Includes hot breakfast, internet access, indoor pool, and exercise room.
Leading up to the Annual Conference, DCI would like to encourage participants to discuss topics and sessions via social media outlets:
Twitter: Follow @downtowncolo
for updates, using hashtag #DCICONF for discussions around the DCI Conference. Tell us what you are looking forward to, what you are hoping to learn, and even live-tweet during the conference.
Facebook: "Like" Downtown Colorado Inc
. and share links, images, and stories from your community or organization.
Linked In: Are you a member of DCI's Linked In Group
? Discuss important revitalization issues with your peers while sharing valuable information.
Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Gala
The 2013 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence nomination form is released! New categories this year include Best Creative Industry and Professional Service in Action Award. And, for the first time ever DCI members and conference attendees will be able to vote on their favorite projects and people!
Each year, the Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Gala serves as the highlight of our three-day conference. Held on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in the evening, the gala will celebrate the amazing projects and people that are committed to community revitalization in the State of Colorado.
Governor's Awards Gala tickets are included in full conference registrations and can be available for individual purchase. View the Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence page
for more details.
Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
An investment in Downtown Colorado, Inc. provides a multitude of opportunities to expand your outreach, position yourself in front of your target market, network with key decision-makers, generate business leads, and strengthen existing customer relations.
DCI has opportunities for both sponsorships and exhibitors at our annual conference. Space is limited for exhibitors and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. DCI also year-round sponsorship opportunities as well as exhibitor opportunities at our annual conference. Visit our Sponsorship
page for more details!
If you have questions about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact us at 303.282.0625 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration & Travel Scholarships
DCI offers reimbursable $100 travel and $200 registration grants to low-income, low-population communities with funding from a U.S.D.A. Rural Development grant. Travel grants can be used to reimburse eligible local governments for travel expenses, including mileage and hotel costs. Applicants that have been active in DCI membership through event attendance or technical assistance participation will be given preference. Download the scholarship application here. Please contact Geneveive Zeman at Downtown Colorado, Inc. at email@example.com to inquire.
All cancellations or refund requests must be submitted in writing. Written cancellations received by August 10, 2013 will receive a full refund minus $25 administrative fee. Cancellations received after August 20 will not receive a refund.
Design, Develop & Deliver: Partnerships for Shaping Vital Downtowns, September 12-14, 2012, Golden
Cultivate, Collaborate & Celebrate: Growing the Economy from the Bottom Up,September 21-23, 2011, Durango
Downtown Trends: Essential Community Responses to the New Economic Reality, September 22-24, 2010, Glenwood Springs
Downtown Economic Vitality: Creative Solutions through Preservation & Management, September 23-25, 2009, Colorado Springs
Downtown Changes, Community Challenges, Finding Solutions Together, September 17-19, 2008, Steamboat Springs
Thank you to our 2013 Conference Sponsors!
2013 Organizational Partners