IN THE GAME // Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) is pleased to announce that registration for the 2022 annual conference is now open! DCI's annual IN THE GAME conference is a four-day interactive educational experience happening April 12-15 in Colorado Springs, CO. Our annual conference provides valuable educational opportunities and peer-to-peer exchange for the leaders of Colorado's communities who are responsible for economic and community development. 

IN THE GAME is not only the most fun conference, but also the most cost-effective! We include hotel breakfast, meals throughout the conference, networking opportunities, and lots of fun as part of our conference registration.

Register by Friday, December 31, 2022, to secure early bird pricing which saves $100 per registration! DCI Members can register with a 25% discount as compared to non-members. Those who upgrade to become a DCI member prior to the 2022 IN THE GAME conference can also receive the 25% discount.


The conference will feature nationally recognized keynotes and Colorado-based speakers, snapshots of dynamic community and economic development solutions that work in a pandemic, and interactive dialogue to  inspire our community champions to action. DCI’s highly successful Challenge Studio Workshops will be the centerpiece of the 2022 IN THE GAME event. These workshops identify a challenge that each community is facing and are designed to transform a community’s difficult roadblocks into promising opportunities. Stay tuned to DCI’s website and newsletters for details on speakers, lunches, tours, Challenge Studio topics, and all things IN THE GAME!

Sponsorship Opportunities

DCI offers a variety of exclusive sponsorship packages tailored to your specific desires and interests. All sponsors receive registration worth over $500! Click the link below to view a presentation of all our available sponsorship packages for our 2022 conference. If you are interested in conference sponsorship, please contact Morgan Pierce, DCI Relations & Advocacy Manager, at 


 Governor's Awards

We will be recognizing Colorado's downtown achievements through our Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence. Since 2003, the Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence have recognized outstanding projects and people in Colorado that demonstrate creativity in the face of challenges including the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19. The Governor’s Awards categories include pandemic response, partnership, place, plan, project, and person. Governor’s Awards Nominations are open - click the links below to nominate a person or project!



2022 keynote speakers and full schedule coming soon! 


CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS // IN THE GAME’S structure is also uniquely choreographed to establish a dialogue, network, and solution-oriented approach to challenges and action. IN THE GAME platforms will keep you talking and learning together!

Plenary Speakers + Colorado Briefs highlight national and statewide trends and projects to watch. Dive into interest areas and inspire participants with short dynamic talks highlighting innovative work by Colorado leaders who share their story and their passion. Get to know some of our topics from 2019!

Sponsored Dine Around Lunches showcase solutions based on projects and services to help Downtowners get things done. Highlight exciting restaurant and project concepts and include informal discussion. Explore previous lunch topics!

Walking and Mobile Tours bring the classroom to the community as we visit the projects in our host communities. Tours may include breweries, public arts, hotel redevelopment projects, etc. Review past tours!

Urban Renewal + Districts Dinners build networks of the leaders using these financing tools to establish and maintain stronger downtowns. Explore DCI services for these leaders!

Challenge Studio Workshops turn community + economic development challenges into opportunities through interactive charettes. DCI’s highly successful Challenge Studio Workshops will be the centerpiece of the 2022 annual conference. These workshops identify a challenge that each community is facing and are designed to transform a community’s difficult roadblocks into promising opportunities. Read more!

Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence highlights the people, partnerships, and projects making a difference in Colorado communities. Downtown Colorado, Inc. is honored to celebrate a series of projects nominated by our members in several categories: Partnership, Person, Place, Plan, Project, and Pandemic Response. Nominate a Project Now!


When: April 12-15, 2022

Where: The Mining Exchange, Colorado Springs, CO


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