Success Stories!

Two NWCCOG communities recipients of second round of Blueprint 2.0 Initiatives designed to boost economies

The Colorado Blueprint 2.0, a program of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, leverages state partnerships and specialized resources to address the unique economic development goals of rural Colorado. Launched in 2015, Blueprint 2.0 is a bottom-up effort to turn regional feedback on local economic needs into a statewide set of initiatives to advance the economies of rural communities.  Recipients of the second round of the Colorado Blueprint 2.0 include 2 NWCCOG communities:
Town of Grand Lake: Creativity Lab
This initiative will provide community leaders with practical insights into both the process and elements involved in marshalling creative transformation in a community. Facilitators from The Creativity Lab of Colorado will work with the Town of Grand Lake leaders on 2-3 focus areas based on a self-assessment process tied to the Creativity Lab's 10 Community Readiness Principles- a Path to Community Actualization. The Creativity Lab of Colorado is a collection of collaborative capabilities centered around creativity, innovation, and the entrepreneurial spirit. The Lab serves students and start-ups, emerging entrepreneurs and existing businesses, creatives and community leaders-all aimed at empowering the art of entrepreneurship. 
Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association: A Data-Driven Approach to Economic Development
This initiative will identify and measure key economic drivers indicating what is uniquely important to businesses that operate in Routt County thus allowing for the tracking of business changes and issues over time. There will be three community workshops in 2018 throughout the county which will help define the key economic drivers for business success and aid community members in data-based economic development decision making that facilitates economic diversification. This initiative will also provide support to SSCRA's economic development team to define a cluster-based economic development strategy targeting key sectors poised for expansion and adding to economic diversification efforts.


Vail looking to be the 1st Certified Green Destination

The Town of Vail hosted an auditor from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and the Green Destinations Organization in its efforts to become the first certified sustainable destination in North America. Green Destinations, based in the Netherlands, certifies locations around the world based on a series of sustainability guidelines. Green Destinations is approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and recognized by the United Nations. Vail is also working with Green Destinations to develop sustainable certification criteria specifically oriented for mountain resort communities. Source: Vail Daily


Rocky Mountain National Park receives $200,000 grant

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was in Colorado recently for the annual Western Conservative Summit and announced a $200,000 grant for Rocky Mountain National Park as part of a $53 million public-private grant program to support maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 national parks. The $200,000 grant for RMNP was matched by $200,000 from the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and will be used for maintenance on the Alluvial Fan Trail, which was devastated by the 2013 flood.


Flight capacity expanded at airports in the NWCCOG Region

Flights to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport to continue this Fall
Officials of the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport announced that the daily nonstop flights on American Airlines from Dallas/Ft. Worth, and United from Los Angeles, will continue operating this fall. Instead of discontinuing service on these routes Oct. 4 as originally planned, both routes are now scheduled to operate daily throughout both October and November until winter seasonal flights resume in December. United is also scheduled to operate up to seven daily flights from Denver in September, an average of five daily in October, and four daily in November. Source: Aspen Times
 
Holiday Flights to Eagle County Regional Airport from Salt Lake City
Officials of the Eagle County Regional Airport recently announced that Delta Air Lines will begin a Christmas holiday seasonal flight from Salt Lake City to EGE this winter. It will be the first flight from Salt Lake City since the 1994-95 ski season. The flights will run daily from Dec. 21 through Jan. 7 on a 69-passenger regional jet. In addition to the Salt Lake flight, American Airlines will expand its service from Phoenix for the coming ski season and United Airlines and American Airlines will add seats on flights to Eagle County from Chicago. Source: Vail Daily


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Archived Success Stories Bulletins:

July 24, 2017 - Stories:

  • Business in the Region Recognized as one of 50 "Colorado Companies to Watch" - Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company in Basalt
  • Duke University Completes Successful Nonprofit Management Course through the Vail Centre's University Program
  • NWCCOG's New Year's Wellness Challenge: An Initiative of the Worksite Wellness Program
June 27, 2017 - Stories:
  • The Vail Centre Offers Top University Certificate Courses  Recently completes successful Cornell Certificate Course for Hospitality Professionals 
  • Steamboat Springs - a NWCCOG community -receives Certified Creative District Status
  • Eagle County awards first round of Neighborhood Partnership Program grants
  • WorkWell Collaborative Completes Year 2: Helps 77  businesses start worksite wellness programs in the region
June 5, 2017 - Stories:
  • City of Aspen initiatives Compact for Colorado Communities: Committing to Forming Statewide Network to Fight Climate Change - 14 NWCCOG Communities are signatories
  • Vail Valley Partnership Celebrates Business Success with 14th Annual Awards
  • Our Region is Healthy! Summit, Eagle and Pitkin Counties take first, second, and third in highest life expectancies in the nation
April 19, 2017 - Stories:
  • Startup Weekend Breckenridge a Great Success
  • Peak One Neighborhood in Frisco Featured in National Affordable Housing Report
  • Town of Silverthorne Plans for its Downtown; Developer Selected for 'Fourth Street Crossing,' a Downtown Revitalization Catalyst Project
  • Our Region is Healthy! Three of our counties rank in top 10 in Report on Health Statistics