HIGHLIGHTS | IN THE GAME 2022’S structure was uniquely choreographed to establish a dialogue, network, and solution-oriented approach to challenges and action. IN THE GAME platforms kept our guests talking and learning together! We had a variety of dine around lunches, tours, plenary speakers, and receptions to show off our the community + share great ideas. We also held Community Challenge Studios to workshop plans for communities looking to turn challenges into opportunities.
To learn more about the content covered at IN THE GAME, check out our 2022 SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE.
GOVERNOR'S AWARD FOR DOWNTOWN EXCELLENCE AWARDS DINNER | Highlight the people, partnerships, and projects making a difference in Colorado communities. Downtown Colorado, Inc. was honored to celebrate a series of projects nominated by our members in several categories: Partnership, Person, Place, Plan, Project, and Pandemic Response. The Governor's Awards dinner was hosted at IN THE GAME where we announced and celebrated our winners! Read this press release to learn more about 2022's Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence winners.
DCI’s highly successful Challenge Studio Workshops were the centerpiece of the 2022 IN THE GAME Vibrant Downtown Event. The Studios identified a challenge that each community is facing and were designed to transform a community’s difficult roadblocks into promising opportunities.
2022 Full Challenge Community Studios included:
2022 Mini One-Day Challenge Commumity Studios included:
Yessica works with immigrant groups and low-income communities across the Denver Metro area since 2000. She has dedicated her life to empowering disenfranchised communities to break the cycle of poverty through education and entrepreneurship. Yessica is responsible for leading Community Wealth Bullders and carrying out the vision of a people-owned, inclusive, and sustainable metro Denver economy that catalyzes prosperous and resilient communities free from racism and injustice.
Revitalizing Downtown with Light Manufacturing DCI is please to present Ilana Preuss of Recast City to share her work with local leaders to rebuild great places that spur energy, increase the number of good jobs, fill the storefronts, and make people proud of where they're from by bringing small-scale manufacturing businesses into the forefront.
Zoila Gomez, a San Luis Valley Olympian, at the Olympic + Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs. After sustaining an injury, Ms. Gomez found a different passion: Love and Passion for the Community. Ms. Gomez now builds community as the SLV Cooking Matters Regional Coordinator and SLV Project Protect Promotora Network. Zoila credits her achievements to two things – following her dreams and the support of people who believed in her. Join Zoila Gomez as she shares insight into the process of building a champion and fostering collaboration.
Kayvan is a community advocate and entrepreneur based in Colorado (Denver and Trinidad). He has co-founded more than a dozen businesses in multiple industries. Notable amongst these businesses are Birdy magazine, Cresco Labs, Denver Relief, Standard Wellness, and Sexy Pizza; the last of which has five locations and recently converted into an employee-owned company. He is also active in developing attainable housing solutions in the area. This follows a decade-long career in the regulated cannabis industry, where he designed and oversaw the management of more than 1M square feet of indoor agricultural production and processing space in 12 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. He has led and/or supported numerous successful ballot initiatives in Denver. Kayvan is a fierce advocate for a shared wealth economy, criminal justice and drug policy reform, the rights of people experiencing homelessness, and promoting access to creative and entrepreneurial opportunities for underserved populations.
What New Normals Are Here to Stay in the Work World? | Polco
Fostering a Climate for Social Enterprise | Colorado Institute for Social Impact | Sponsored by Norwood
Prove your Commitment to Local: Leveraging Tech in the Experience Economy | Downtown Colorado Springs
Job Quality as a Tool for Business Retention, Expansion and Attraction | Colorado Workforce Development Council
Cooperative Ownership to Build Power, Wealth, + Leadership | Paul Bindel
The ABCs of BIDs, DDAs, + More | Progressive Urban Management Associates
Thriving Retail for the Next Generation | Downtown Colorado Springs
Reclaiming the Horizontal Space: Using On-Street Parking for Downtown + Neighborhood Resiliency | Downtown Colorado Springs
Take Control of Downtown Curbs | Walker Consultants
Dine Around the Four Point Approach | Department of Local Affairs
Building an Effective Economic Development Leadership Team in your Community | Economic Development Council of Colorado
Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Brownfield? Communication and Engagement Tools for Success | Community Builders
Exciting New Housing and Community Resources | Colorado Housing + Finance Authority
Caring Approaches to Chronic Homelessness | Downtown Colorado Springs
From Vision to Reality! Resources for Redevelopment + Revitalization | Colorado Department of Public Health + Environment
Property Activation Process | Downtown Redevelopment Services
Understanding Development: How to Go from Concept to Construction | Ayres + Associates
Facilitating Community Minded-Development: How to Create Successful Public-Private Partnerships | Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH)
2022 WALKING + MOBILE TOURS
Creative Avenue Circuit Tour of Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs | Bohannan Houston + DHM Design
Building a Smart Community from the Ground Up | Gold Hill Mesa
Urban Renewal Tour featuring IvyWild | City of Durango
Transforming Spaces Through Adaptive Re-Use | Downtown Colorado Springs
Art to the Rescue | Downtown Colorado Springs
Black History Tour | Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum
Building a Festival Street From the Ground Up: Park Union District | Norwood
Downtown Living: From Planning to Action | Downtown Colorado Springs
Form Based Code: Creating a Better Urban Environment | Downtown Colorado Springs
Law & Disorder History Stroll | Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum
Leading With Your Values | Downtown Colorado Springs
Rethinking Retail Square Footage to Optimize Experiences | Downtown Colorado Springs
Known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Chuck is the founder and president of Strong Towns. He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1) and A World Class Transportation System as well as the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has spoken in dozens of towns and cities across North America, and speaks regularly for diverse audiences and venues. Chuck grew up on a small farm in Central Minnesota. The oldest of three sons of two elementary school teachers, he graduated from Brainerd High School in 1991. Chuck joined the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday during his junior year of high school and served for nine years. Besides being passionate about building a stronger America, he loves playing music, is an obsessive reader and religiously follows his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. Chuck and his wife live with their two daughters and two Samoyeds just north of Baxter, Minnesota. Learn more about the work of Strong Towns at StrongTowns.org
Chris Lane has 25 years of executive environmental management and corporate sustainability experience across varying sectors. Currently, Lane is CEO of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, a 48-year old nonprofit environmental organization that tackles regional environmental issues around ecological literacy, forest health, sustainable agriculture, land restoration and climate change. Prior to that Lane was vice president of sustainability for Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the country’s largest national park and resort management company where he pioneered the development of environmental management systems in our country’s national parks. Lane served as director of environmental affairs at Aspen Skiing Company. He has consulted with large corporations throughout his career. He has served as an elected official and on the Colorado Governor’s Pollution Prevention Board. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering and is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Environmental Systems Manager. He lives in Basalt with his wife and two kids.
Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC – an organization designed to support organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. She is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado and the former Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver – the first African American woman to hold either of those positions. Dr. Mosby Tyler, a consultant accredited by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence, is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government and for-profit organizations. Dr. Mosby Tyler has had a strong academic presence in Colorado as a popular guest lecturer at The University of Denver, University of Colorado, Regis University and many other social, political and community organizations. Dr. Mosby-Tyler has a vast, 32-year background in human resources, diversity & inclusion, training and operations management. She has held leadership roles at AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, the McKesson Corporation and Statline. Dr. Mosby Tyler holds a doctorate in the field of Organizational Leadership, a Master degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.
Eric Kornacki is a food system visionary, community wealth building leader, and racial equity champion. He is a social entreprenuer. A committed to organizing power from the ground up, challenging the status quo, and creating a new economy where people and the planet matter more than profits. I am a husband, father, gardener, chef, brewer, builder and baker. Re:Vision’s mission is to work with people in economically marginalized neighborhoods to develop resident leaders, cultivate community food systems, and create an economy owned by the community.
National Research Center Vice President Michelle Kobayashi has helped local governments 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 about resident surveys, local government employee surveys, strategic planning and more.
Scott has served as president of the Bell Policy Center and the Bell Action Network since August 2016. Scott leads a talented staff who plays a major role in fiscal reform, education policy, economic security, and other issues affecting Coloradans. Previously, Scott was deputy chief of staff to Gov. John Hickenlooper and chief of staff to both Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne. He worked in the governor’s office from 2013 to 2016, advising on health care, education, and workforce development. Before that, Scott spent eight years in leadership positions at SEIU and Colorado WINS. He also has worked as a lobbyist and served four years as director of communications and press secretary for the Colorado House Minority Office. Scott graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Middle East studies.
Our sponsored Dine Around sessions were a chance for some our participants to dive deeper into subjects such as "Activating Downtown Red Cliff" sponsored by Hunn Planning & Policy, "Turning Brownfields Green: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations" sponsored by the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety, "Opportunity Zones and Colorado Real Estate" sponsored by Development Research Partners, "Loveland Artspace: A Creative Housing Development" sponsored by the City of Loveland, and so much more! The beautiful restaurants in these pictures are some of Aspen's bests including Mezzaluna, The Pyramid, Mi Chola, Hops Culture, The Red Onion, and Su Casa.
Our tours showcased many of Aspens's amenities including the American Planning Association (APA) award winning pedestrian mall - designated as one of the "Great Places in America", the Aspen Art Museum designed by internationally renown architect Shigeru Ban, the Wheeler/Stallard Historical Museum, and the pleasant surprise that Aspen hosts beautiful examples of Bauhaus architecture at the Aspen Institute right outside of downtown! Participants also got to learn about Glenwood Springs' monumental achievement, the Grand Avenue Bridge project, through a panel discussion and tour with all the big players that made the project happen - PR Studios, Community Builders, the City of Glenwood Springs, and Bohannan Huston.