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Annual Conference
Thank you for making our 2013 conference a success!
September 10-13, 2013
Two Rivers Convention Center
159 Main Street, Grand Junction, Colorado
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:
  • In-depth, 3-hour session tracks incorporate presentations, open discussion, and problem-solving activities to encourage deeper engagement.
  • Peer-to-peer learning allows you to learn from your cohorts from around the state.
  • Plenary sessions provide a 5-minute introduction on each session so you can choose the session that most interests you.
  • Real-time attendee polling will provide insights into state-wide community revitalization efforts.


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. View Organizational Partner Track details here!


All 28 AICP credits were approved*!

Session 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* / Creative Redevelopment: Focusing Private Investment through Project Visioning* / Smart Mobility & Parking Strategies* / Shared Space as a Development Tool* / Think Like a Developer & Understand Strategies to Attract Investment / Healthy Downtowns* / Activating Cultural Facilities & Historic Theaters / Leadership in Youth* / Activate Your Community Makers*

Mobile tours will include: Downtown Grand Junction Bike Tour, Grand Junction Business Incubator, and Winery Tour.

Click here for a detailed list of AICP approved credits!


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 

Who Attends?

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!

Conference Registration
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.  
Registration Fees
Registration TypeDCI Member PricingNon-Member Pricing
Early-bird registration (by July 15)$220$320
Standard registration (after July 15) $295$395
Emerging Leader (student members)$135N/A
Wed, Sept 11, only (includes Main Street Track, Creative Districts Track, or APA Colorado Track)$130$150
Thu, Sept 12, only (does NOT include Governor's Award ticket)$165 $185
Fri, Sept 13, only$115$135

Additional Event Tickets

Wed, Sept 11, Networking Dinner$40
Thu, Sept 12, Lunch-Time Dine-Around$30
Thu, Sept 12, individual Governor's Award Gala ticket (Note: Space is limited!)$95
Thu, Sept 12, Governor's Award Gala table (8 tickets) (Note: Space is limited!)$675
NOTE: Current APA Colorado members can receive DCI member pricing! Contact Sheila Booth at APA Colorado for a discount code at
Conference Venue
All conference sessions will be held at Two Rivers Convention Center (159 Main Street, Grand Junction) conveniently located downtown and two blocks from the recommended conference hotels. Additional events will be held at various locations throughout downtown Grand Junction. Please consult your schedule for details.
Hotel Accomodations
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. Online group booking codes for one queen: DCIDCIA; two queens: DCIDCIB
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. Online group booking code for king or two queens: DCI
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. Online group booking code for king: DCCDCCA; for two queens: DCCDCCB
For additional information, visit
Social Media
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.

The 2013 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Gala will be held at the Hospitality Suite in Stocker Stadium at Lincoln Park in downtown Grand Junction.

Governor's Awards Gala tickets are included in standard conference registrations ON A LIMITED AVAILABILITY BASIS and can be available for individual purchase. All conference attendees must select Governor's Award gala ticket when registering to ensure attendance. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. View the Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence page for more details.

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! 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


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 Downtown Colorado, Inc. at 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. 


                                                               Volunteer Opportunities                                 

DCI needs volunteers to assist with this years conference. Duties include: pre-conference preparation, conference registration, assisting speakers and presenters, and much more. Full registration cost can be covered. See Volunteering for details.



Past Conferences 

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

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