APRIL IN THE GAME SMALL TOWN CHALLENGE PROGRAMMING

One more virtual IN THE GAME event is coming to keep away the pandemic blues!


DCI’s 2021 IN THE GAME Small Town Challenge will focus on the intersection between public and private partnerships, spaces, and uses. Getting it Done in 2021 means redefining the policies, practices, and partnerships that shape our downtowns. From physically changing and adapting the spaces we inhabit, to rebalancing the supply chains in our small communities. 

Let’s create more resilient and just places - together!   

   FIVE MASTER TALKS + FOUR DAYS OF SMALL TOWN LOVE   

KNOWLEDGE MARKETPLACE

You’ll hear from Colorado community leaders, leading Downtown experts, and local practitioners on strategies for building local ecosystems, encouraging local investors, supporting your small businesses, and telling your story. 

April 1

Downtown Programming Clearinghouse


April 8

Telling Your Story: Marketing 3-4-5™


April 15  

Small Town Entrepreneurship + Access to Capital


April 22  

Repurposing Downtown: Small Scale Manufacturing


April 26 

The State of Colorado: Demographics for Colorado + the San Luis Valley

SMALL TOWN STUDIOS

DCI’s 2021 IN THE GAME Small Town Challenge San Luis Valley Edition will deliver four days of immersive and upbeat two hours each morning to dive into a topic and turn challenges into opportunities for our small rural towns.


Let’s reflect on how the past year has reshaped our possibilities for the future and create a vision for a stronger, more equitable future. 


April 27  

Engagement + Inclusivity in La Jara


April 28  

Design + Activating Space in San Luis 


April 29

Connectivity + Activity in Antonito


April 30  

Entrepreneurship + Building Reuse in Center

DONATE TO DCI'S PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Though this pandemic has impacted our health and economy and required all of us to make tough decisions, it has also brought to light an unabashed love—love of family, love of businesses, love of places, love of local, and love of DCI. Your contributions of time and money to membership, sponsorship, and registrations have sustained DCI, and alongside your districts, neighborhoods and communities, we are determined not only to survive this pandemic but to thrive long into the future. We are lucky to have a very dedicated following of members, sponsors, and partners and we want to thank you for your continued support.  

Our team has been working tirelessly to help Colorado’s commercial districts and DOers like you to navigate these unprecedented times. Like many of you, our team has had to postpone events, lost revenue, and make tough decisions about our future. We strive each day, week, and month to give you what you need regardless of your ability to pay, because we care. 

Please consider donating to help DCI continue to provide resources to communities around Colorado. See you soon!

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Who we are

DCI is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides a strategic methodology for revitalizing the local economy in Colorado’s communities.

What we do

Our work focuses on establishing community-wide partnerships to facilitate and encourage community engagement for increased economic vitality. 

How we do it

Our program hinges on information sharing, educational events, and on-site technical assistance for downtowns and commercial districts.

DCI's Response Efforts for Communities to COVID-19

  • Weekly Commercial District + COVID calls. DCI will convene weekly calls for commercial districts to discuss responses and resources to identify the items we can do right now as the crisis is unfolding. DCI is writing up the conversation and will begin recording the webinars for your convenience.
  • COVID Response Resources. DCI will house a COVID response page on our website that shares resources and links to community resources for easy access.
  • State-wide Business Survey. DCI is partnering with National Research Center and POLCO to distribute and analyze a state-wide survey of businesses to understand their needs and establish a response network.
  • Regional Council. DCI maintains a Regional Council of representatives around the state who are in place to share and collect information specific to each region. We are going to start hosting calls through this group with our members and other interested communities to ensure that we are planning for and communicating the needs of each region appropriately. 
  • 2020 IN THE GAME. DCI will revise our Colorado Challenge Community Summit on April 14th to be a virtual event geared toward developing multi-faceted approaches for our national, state-wide, and local responses to this type of pandemic. We will look at our demographics and sales tax trends, and impacts of Coronavirus, and flesh out an action plan for housing, workforce, and small business support.


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