Colorado business training, workshops and events

Free FEMA Community Planning for Economic Recovery
Nov. 14 in Salida
The Colorado Resiliency Office, in partnership with the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, is holding this workshop on Nov. 14 at the SteamPlant Event Center in Salida. This course will guide decision-makers to incorporate community planning for economic resilience and recovery from natural disasters. The curriculum includes practical tools to develop stronger partnerships between the public and private sectors, evaluate community hazard assessments through the lens of economic recovery, provide resources for public and private sector partners to use in a postdisaster environment, and offer planning templates for articulating these actions at the community level. For more information and to register, visit

Building Better Places Training
Feb. 10-12, 2020 in Grand Junction
Community Builders is offering a workshop, the Building Better Places training to help local leaders develop the skills they need to effectively plan for growth and change in their community. Because the American West is one of the fastest growing and rapidly changing parts of the country, local leaders are grappling with a lot of tough challenges. How can we ensure that growth and change isn’t something that simply happens to us, but instead is harnessed into an opportunity to build a more livable, economically viable future for our community? The Building Better Places training invites applicants to build a community team of up to 8 local leaders to attend the training together. Nearly all participation costs, including lodging, are covered for accepted teams. Applications are due Friday, December 20, 2019. More info here.
Webinar: Creative Placemaking Opportunities for Underused Properties
Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. Mtn Time
The Center for Community Progress, in partnership with Metris Arts Consulting, released a national survey to explore the unique challenges and potential of creative placemaking efforts taking place on vacant, abandoned, and underused properties in communities across the country. The cumulative results of that survey are featured in the recently released report Trends in Creative Placemaking on Problem Properties. Hear about the trends, case studies, and survey responses from practitioners, residents, government officials, nonprofit leaders, and many others involved in creative placemaking efforts. More info and registerhere.
Land Use Law Annual Conference
December 5 & 6 in Denver
Now in its 25th year, Tom Ragonetti’s Annual Conference on land use law takes place Dec. 5-6, in Denver. This conference gathers the top experts and land use professionals from across the state to discuss the most important topics in land use law. In just two days, this conference gives new and veteran practitioners the opportunity to discuss critical current issues presented from a wide range of perspectives. To register, visit
Vail Valley Works in 2020

The Vail Valley Partnership presents Vail Valley Works in 2020 as the premier local program for developing, training, and supporting a network of aware and knowledgeable business leaders ready to take on the challenges of an ever-changing community.

In 2020, Vail Valley Partnership will offer three Signature Courses- Community Leadership Academy (Jan. – July), Community Issues Bootcamp (May-Oct.) and NEXT Emerging Leaders (Jan. – June)- with the intended goal of deeper community engagement, a better understanding of the issues facing Eagle County and personal leadership development. For more information visit   or contact Erik Williams at
Downtown Colorado Inc. Annual Meeting 2020 – Colorado Challenge Accelerator Program
Conference wll be held April 14 – 17, 2020 in Colorado Springs
DCI is proud to announce the application process is open to participate in the 2020 Colorado Challenge Accelerator Program! DCI has worked with over 24 communities to transform a challenge into an opportunity.  Does your community have challenges you’d like to turn into opportunities?  We can help! We’ve assisted with a variety of issues from branding to housing to downtown design and financing. Applications due Nov. 15 – apply here.