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April 2018

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E-Bike Report
NWCCOG members have asked for more information about how jurisdictions are managing e-bikes, therefore we compiled this report.  The narratives and data in the report were gathered from among the NWCCOG membership, from a mini-workshop at the March 22 Council meeting and from a e-bike survey of the NWCCOG region, as well as from municipalities responding to a CML list-serve request.  The survey also included participation from Colorado Association of Ski Towns members.  The report, the survey and the accumulated documents are intended to be resources for any jurisdiction making policy decisions on this topic.  We hope you find it helpful! Read the report here.
Regional Economic Summit
Friday, May 4, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
at the Silverthorne Pavilion
Come join us for a day of information sharing around issues that affect our region’s economy.  Registration now open. Email to register. Cost: $25. Includes continental breakfast and lunch.  Visit for more information including draft agenda and information about speakers.
Funding & Technical Assistance

Applications Open for Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the World Trade Center Denver are now accepting applications for the 2018 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting. Winners will be formally recognized on May 15, 2018 at World Trade Day, the region’s premier international trade event. The Excellence in Exporting award provides official recognition from the State of Colorado and can help local companies increase their competitiveness in international markets.
Colorado-based companies that have exported products or services for two years or more are eligible to apply. Applications are due by April 13, 2018. Access the 2018 Governor’s Export Award application here.  More information about OEDIT’s export grant programs can be found here.
OEDIT Blueprint 2.0
More information here. Rural Colorado communities will once again be invited to participate in a range of catalytic economic development initiatives this year through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) Blueprint 2.0 program. Blueprint 2.0, leverages state partnerships and specialized resources to address the economic development goals of rural areas of Colorado.
The following eight initiatives will be offered in 2018:
  • Brand Building for Communities
  • Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism: CRAFT Studio 201
  • Grow Your Outdoor Recreation Industry
  • Coworking 101
  • Certified Small Business Community
  • Film and Major Production Initiative
  • Creativity Lab of Colorado
  • Launch a Sector Partnership
Learn more and apply online at Deadline: June 1, 2018 and winning communities will be announced in early July. Questions about the program or application process should be directed to Danielle Lendriet at 303-929-1042 or or Meridith Marshall at 303-892-3850 or
USDA Rural Development Rural Business Development Grant Funding
Deadline: April 30, 2018. More information here.
The Technical Assistance grants in Colorado average about $25,000 and a Revolving Loan Fund request is $50,000. Please call or email us with your project proposal so we can go over it with you and ensure the project and your organization are eligible for the program. Questions? Contact P.J. Howe | Business Program Specialist, 970 329-3151,

Funds Available to Preserve Humanities Collections
National Endowment for the Humanities. More information here.
The Preservation Assistance Grants program helps institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. The application deadline is May 1, 2018.
Inaugural Western Colorado Outdoor & Sportsman Expo
April 7 -8 at the Eagle County Fairgrounds | Learn more here.
This event celebrates the Western Slope heritage of hunting and fishing and will feature over 50 exhibitors within the outdoor industry. All advanced tickets will benefit local non-profits.
6th Annual Energy & Environment Symposium for Local Government
April 18-19 in Rifle
This event is tailored to the needs of local officials tasked with navigating planning, social, fiscal, legal, and environmental issues related to oil and gas development. Topics include mineral revenue projections, regulatory controls, citizen activism, air quality impacts, legal landscape, local economic impacts, federal lands, mitigation practices, and more. For more information or to register, visit Several full scholarships are available for local government officials; contact Kirby Wynn at 970-625-5905.

Colorado Creative Industries Annual Summit
May 10-11 in Greeley
Learn about beneficial partnerships, Space to Create at work in rural Colorado, community building, and more. Register at

Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days Outreach Sessions
May 8, 2018 | 10:30 – 12:00 PM | Avon
May 8, 2018 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM | Glenwood Springs
May 9, 2018 | 10:30 – 12:00 PM | Grand Junction
It’s time to begin planning the June 2019 Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days conference which serves Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, and Pitkin counties. To learn more about becoming a member of the Western Slope RPD Steering Committee or the RPD program in general, come and join the Community Resource Center and Anschutz Family Foundation staff at a meeting near you! More information here. 

Broadband Mountain Connect
June 11-14 in Vail
The 2018 theme is “Moving Beyond Risk to Compete in the New Economy.” More than 500 attendees from local and state government, telecommunication companies, internet providers, and more are expected to attend. Learn more and submit session ideas online at
NWCCOG Regional Economic Summit
Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Silverthorne Pavilion in Silverthorne, CO
Registration now open! Cost: $25 includes continental breakfast and lunch. Register by emailing More information here.
CML Annual Conference June 19-22 in Vail, CO
More information here. CML will award up to 10 scholarships to municipal officials wanting to attend the 96th CML Annual Conference this June. The scholarship includes one free conference registration, three nights of basic lodging, lunch tickets, and a small mileage reimbursement stipend. To apply, complete the application at and submit it with a letter of interest explaining what you hope to gain from the event.  Applications are due Friday, Feb. 9. Contact CML Membership Services Manager Lisa White at, 303-831-6411, or 866-578-0936 for more information.
Economic Development Council of Colorado – Drive|Lead|Succeed Conference
October 24 – 26, 2018 at the Ridgeline Hotel in Estes Park, CO
EDCC’s Annual Drive | Lead | Succeed Conferences aim to provide the knowledge, tools, and connections that are vital to foster a growing Colorado economy.
Gather the industry’s top influencers and thought leaders together to share knowledge and answer questions that no one else can; Offer new and vital tools and solutions to pressing economic issues facing Colorado’s professional economic development community; Facilitate quality collaboration and opportunity to exchange fresh, new ideas among Colorado’s leading Economic Development professionals, business and non-profit leaders, government officials and more. This growing three-day conference, is the premier statewide event, that gathers over 200 statewide economic development stakeholders and explores the latest developments, trends, and the future of Colorado’s economic climate.
Access to Capital
Would a Loan help your Business? Contact the Northwest Loan Fund
The Northwest Loan Fund (NLF) can guide you to the right combination of funding. Contact Anita Cameron, Director of Business Lending, if you: want to expand, acquire, or start a business; are looking for favorable rates; just have questions. We are particularly interested new or growing businesses. Generally loan amounts are between $5,000 and $500,000. Rates and fees are very favorable. Contact Anita Cameron, 970-455-1059 for more information.