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Tri County Health and Nucla High School Team Up to Build Wheelchair Ramps

Tri County Health and Nucla High School Team Up to Build Wheelchair Ramps

While most students spend spring break catching up on sleep and their favorite TV shows, six Nucla High School (NHS) students woke up early Tuesday morning and set out to build a much-needed wheelchair ramp for a local Nucla resident through Tri-County Health Network’s (TCHNetwork) Bridging Generations Project. The students learned how to measure out and cut wood with a circular saw, plan out appropriate spacing between support beams, determine how much concrete is needed to secure the posts in place, secure posts together with the proper length screws, determine the angle of the ramp, and much more. When asked what their motivation for volunteering was, the students all agreed they felt passionate about the cause, and wanted to give back to the community and neighbors they love. Cheyenne Joseph said she volunteered “to give back to those in need, and it’s also really fun to learn about the process such as the different wood cuts that go into constructing a ramp.”  Her classmate, Caitlyn Littlejohn, agreed, adding, “I’m learning a lot about the construction process and how to work together as a team to help others.”

NHS has supported the project every step of the way.  According to NHS principal Clint Wytulka, “We want to give students unique opportunities to learn.  Collaborating with local businesses and nonprofits to give students real-life experiences and a chance to give back is a priority for us.”  He continued by saying, “Some students learn from textbooks, and others learn kinesthetically, such as by finding the horizontal displacement necessary for a ramp to be built with angles that are up to code.” For those reasons, NHS is giving classroom credit to the student volunteers—credit that can go towards a variety of subjects.

Len Spina, a retired Engineering Department Manager in the Aerospace industry and active member of the West End Public Schools Board of Directors, graciously donated his time, effort, and tools to play a critical role in the building of this ramp. He started volunteering months ago, taking measurements at the wheelchair ramp recipient’s home and creating the complicated blueprint for the ramp.  He picked up the supplies donated to TCHNetwork from Home Depot stores in Grand Junction and Montrose, and offered up his home to be the initial construction site.  In addition, he shared his knowledge of woodworking and his drive to give back to his community to the Nucla High School volunteers.

The project was initially started in response to a TCHNetwork employee’s concern for individuals she knew in the West End in dire need of wheelchair ramps that were unable to attain them due to financial limitations (each ramp costs upwards of $1,500 for just the supplies).  The West End community came together with TCHNetwork to start constructing ramps; Len independently built two ramps before partnering with TCHNetwork and NHS on the current ramp.  Len firmly believes that the high school students add a special element to the project.  “Seeing the different generations come together to make a difference is really something. I’m proud of the work the students have accomplished so far—they didn’t hesitate to jump right in and get their hands dirty.”

The next step of the project will be to install the different parts of the ramp that the volunteers constructed at the client’s home.  After this ramp is constructed, TCHNetwork will continue to work to improve the health and wellbeing of West End community residents with limited mobility by building additional ramps with the support of volunteers and donated supplies.

Formed in 2009, TCHNetwork is comprised of a group of healthcare providers in southwest Colorado within the counties of Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel that are committed to improving the quality and coordination of health and health care services in this tri-county region by increasing access to healthcare and integrative health services at lower costs through collaboration and innovation. In 2016, TCHNetwork opened a new location at the West End Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) building at 230 West Main Street in Naturita. For more information, visit: www.tchnetwork.org.

New Ridgway collaborative space seeks feedback from creatives

New Ridgway collaborative space seeks feedback from creatives

Are you a potter, a baker, an anything maker?  Have you heard about Space to Create Colorado? It’s a collaborative effort of multiple partners to provide a multi-function facility with affordable work/live space for creative sector workers around the state. Want to weigh in on your ideas for the perfect Space to Create in Ridgway? Take the survey today!

Click here to take the survey.

Brewery and nonprofit team up to preserve Gunnison trails

Brewery and nonprofit team up to preserve Gunnison trails

Back in March 2015, we shared the story of High Alpine Brewing Company, and how Region 10 helped give them a jump start. It’s the story of Bryan Wickenhauser, Scott Cline, Jon Brown working to provide a much needed service and product in Gunnison, Colorado: brewing and serving quality craft beer.

But this project has always been more than just brewing beer. High Alpine owns a unique relationship with its location. Its tagline – “Where beer meets tree line” – demonstrates the company’s commitment to its pristine, high-altitude surroundings.

It only seemed natural then for High Alpine to partner with Gunnison Trails, a nonprofit advocacy group who works preserve trail-based education, conservation, and recreation in Gunnison County.

The two teamed up to create Penny for Trails, a fundraising effort that adds one cent to every dollar spent on food and beverage at the brewery.

“Partnering with Gunnison Trails fits our philosophy of giving back and ties in well with our business model,” Cline adds.

“We’re honored that these guys have that kind of confidence in our mission and out organization,” states Dave Wiens, Executive Director of Gunnison Trails.

The Penny program had a kickoff party on January 19th, and is still going strong.

These are the type of ventures that only come to fruition when the community invests in its local economies.

Region 10 communities awarded support for Colorado Blueprint 2.0

Region 10 communities awarded support for Colorado Blueprint 2.0

Several Region 10 communities—Montrose, Ouray, and Delta—received great news from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) on July 21st. In a press release, OEDIT announced the recipients of the Colorado Blueprint 2.0 initiative. State resources have been set aside to better serve rural communities around the state and help them identify economic solutions that make them more resilient.

To learn more, read the press release below. Congratulations to all of community members involved in the application process for these awards!

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne announces
Colorado Blueprint 2.0 initiative recipients
DENVER – Thurs., July 21, 2016 – Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne today visited the town of Delta to announce recipients of the first round of the Colorado Blueprint 2.0 initiatives. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) launched Blueprint 2.0 last year as a way to examine how best to serve rural communities around the state and identify opportunities to leverage the state’s resources.

“Blueprint 2.0 is a great example of how Colorado is going above and beyond existing resources to support the needs of our rural regions,” said Lt Gov. Donna Lynne. “We congratulate today’s recipients and look forward to seeing how these regions leverage the new services and resources to help strengthen their economies and communities.”

Colorado Blueprint 2.0 Recipients:
* Industry Attraction Initiative: Rio Blanco, Trinidad
* Competitive Advantage: Fort Morgan, Limon, Dillon
* Grow Your Outdoor Recreation Industry: Ouray, Montrose
* Strengthen Local Business Brand: San Luis Valley, Buena Vista, Delta
* Tiny Homes Community Master Plan: Morgan, Steamboat, Pagosa Springs`
* Adaptive Reuse Workshop: Brush, Delta County, Summit County
* Call Yourself Creative: Buena Vista, Rio Blanco County, Kremmling
* Incubator/Accelerator Best Practices: Morgan County, Steamboat, NWCOG
* Tourism Promotion: La Junta, Delta County, Rio Blanco County
* Community-Led Initiative: Custer County

Over the past year, OEDIT hosted 13 strategy sessions throughout the rural regions of Colorado to develop the ten different initiatives that communities would find most beneficial to apply for through Blueprint 2.0. Each initiative includes services not previously provided by the State, and leverages state resources and partnerships with organizations outside of the State of Colorado to provide technical assistance to regions who expressed an interest in pursuing the initiatives.

Many communities applied for Colorado Blueprint 2.0 initiatives, and during the application process, communities and regions were asked to demonstrate collaboration, strong local leadership and solid support for the initiative they chose to pursue.

Initiatives will be deployed between now and December 2016. A new round of Blueprint 2.0 initiatives will be unveiled in 2017.

Olathe incorporates pocket park into Main Street revitalization

Olathe incorporates pocket park into Main Street revitalization

This article was originally published in The Montrose Daily Press. Region 10 has received permission to republish this article on our own website. 

Pocket Park will be a Main Street design, activity feature

By Carole Ann McKelvey
Montrose Daily Press News Editor

The rendering of a planned improvement in a small park on Olathe’s Main Street was designed by CU students.

The rendering of a planned improvement in a small park on Olathe’s Main Street was designed by CU students.

A Region 10 grant of Colorado Department of Local Affairs money may not have seemed like a big deal to them, but to Olathe, it is funding a huge improvement in the community.

Monique English, administrative assistant for Olathe, wrote the grant for $5,000 and with a 100% match from the town, it is funding an upgrade on the small park on Main Street, the city hopes to turn into a centerpiece for downtown.

The grant comes on the heels of a $1,200 grant received last year that helped fund a renovation downtown.

As part of beautification efforts the city has organized a “Beautify Olathe Committee.”

The efforts thus far have included new planters and trashcans. Business owners and citizens have been invited to participate by adopting planters, planting and maintaining them, with the city providing watering.

Now in it’s third year, the program has caught on, English said, “and many people have adopted planters and kept them up over time. The program is very popular.”

Monique English, Olathe administrative assistant, stands in the small park on Main Street that will be rehabilitated and upgraded with a DOLA grant.

Monique English, Olathe administrative assistant, stands in the small park on Main Street that will be rehabilitated and upgraded with a DOLA grant.

A much larger grant from Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance funds totaled $318,000 and paid for a project that upgraded the main street’s gutters, roadway and storm sewers. It was concluded with repaving in 2015.

English said the little park that now exists near downtown is too small and very dark. The plans call for opening up the space, adding an information kiosk, new benches and other amenities to enhance the space.

It is hoped in the future to have bands play there for street dancing, to have small festivals and farmers market events in the space.

The city’s traditional pine Christmas tree is at the edge of the space and will remain, she said.

The park plans were drafted by students at the Colorado Center for Community Development at the University of Colorado. Student landscape architects submitted three designs from which the current one was picked, she said.

 

Is the Gunnison River the Key to Delta’s Economic Development?

Is the Gunnison River the Key to Delta’s Economic Development?

The recent downturn in the coal industry led to a literal collapse in Delta County. On April 22nd, the silos that once housed coal for the Oxbow mines in Somerset were demolished, taking down a familiar visual landmark that the local community took pride in.

Nearly a year and half ago, when the West Elk mines idled activities, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded nearly $250,000 in grant funds to a joint project associated with Delta County, Gunnison County, and Region 10. The primary goal of the project was to identify and strategize for a diversified economic future for these communities that have been dependent upon the coal industry for so long.

In partnership with Better City consultants (who were awarded the bid to develop market strategies and determine project feasibility), the Delta County group (with support from City of Delta, Delta County Economic Development, and Delta County Commissioners) has started to move forward on a number of potential economic development projects. The partnership produced eight different potential projects, which include detailed market analysis and feasibility.

As a natural hub for outdoor beauty, Delta is seeking to build upon its existing identity as an outdoor recreation destination. A two-mile stretch along the Gunnison River, between Confluence and Cottonwood Parks, has been identified as a potential site for development. The development would include building trails on both sides of the river, increasing access, and additional parks. There is even discussion about activating old gravel ponds for possible recreation use, such as a paddleboard park.

The City of Delta has already received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Local Affairs to be used for engineering plans for the development.

To compliment the riverside planning, the development of big brand hotel and conference center has also been identified as a potential project. To better accommodate Delta’s tourism markets, a nationally-recognized hotel brand will attract new patrons who eagerly book through loyalty and rewards programs. A formal request for proposals will be publicly available in the future. Several hotel companies are currently considering Delta as a future location, so this project seems promising at the moment.

The building of a hotel and the development of riverside recreation will not be the sole answers to Delta County’s immediate woes. Instead, these projects will serve as infrastructure for a bigger plan. The big picture that needs to be addressed is how the community brands and markets itself moving forward. In addition, this bigger picture includes how the county develops future frameworks for public/private partnerships to better leverage community resources while encouraging private investment back into the community.

Over time, the synthesis of these projects will help move the dial and put Delta on a path to future economic development.

For more information regarding the feasibility studies and analysis conducted by Better Cities, please contact Delta County Economic Development at 970.874.4992.

Click here to view a presentation put together by DCED that covers many of the other projects proposed during this economic diversification plan.

Enterprise Zone: How EZ Helped Haven House Find New Donors, Buy a New Property

Enterprise Zone: How EZ Helped Haven House Find New Donors, Buy a New Property

Sometimes, the best way to help somebody is to teach them how to help themselves. This is very same philosophy that drives the mission of Haven House, a faith-based homeless shelter based in Olathe.

Haven House provides transitional housing and counseling support for the transient and homeless. The organization specializes specifically in serving transient families and youth. Haven House not only serves Montrose County, but also serves as an alternative resource for struggling individuals in surrounding communities.

hh2“We came together as an organization about six years ago with the mission of doing something for the homeless in southwest Colorado—that’s what brought us together,” Larry Fredericksen, founder of Haven House.

“It evolved quickly into a determination that we wanted to become a transitional housing program focused on families, which we determined to be the most vulnerable segment of the population,” he continues.

During their first year of planning, the Haven House team discovered that over 200 children in Montrose County reported being homeless, which is a significant figure for a community of its size.

With the rise of economic hardships, Haven House’s services become more prevalent and vital to those who found themselves on the fringes of the economy. As a result, the organization outgrew its original space. Haven House needed to secure a new space to facilitate its programs and services.

Their needs translated into a vision of providing transitional housing for the individuals and families served by Haven House.

“The Enterprise Zone program came along at the right time for us because we were needing a permanent home… and to fund our operations and capital program, we needed some help. The Enterprise Zone was perfect for that purpose.” ~ Larry Fredericksen, Haven House founder

“Our goals for them are to get them back into permanent housing and on a path to self-sufficiency,” states Larry Fredericksen, founder of Haven House.

Like any expansion/relocation plan, a significant amount of money was needed to make it come to fruition. As a humble nonprofit organization, Haven House was not in the financial position to make this happen on their own.

Enter Region 10 and its Enterprise Zone Contribution Tax Credit program. Supported by statewide economic development efforts, this program incentivizes donors to contribute to pre-approved nonprofit organizations by providing sizable tax credits. Cash donations made to approved EZ projects qualify for a 25 percent state tax credit ($100,000 is the maximum amount). In-kind donations (e.g. labor, materials, equipment, etc.) can receive a 12.5 percent credit. When tax season rolls around, these credits quickly add up to significant savings. In addition, these designated nonprofits are better equipped to carry out their missions with extra donations.

To become an approved project, nonprofit organizations must demonstrate a positive impact on economic development. Haven House provides “soft skills” training for its residents: teaching programs how to build their resume, behave in a professional setting, arrive better prepared for the workforce, etc. Furthermore, inspiring residents to become more self-sufficient alleviates the societal burden of supporting those who might otherwise utilize the public dole for their main source of income.

Fredericksen and Haven House linked up with EZ because of an existing relationship: Michelle Haynes, Executive Director of Region 10, originally was a volunteer for the faith-based homeless shelter. After participating in the EZ contribution program, Haven House witnessed an unprecedented increase in charitable donations to their program.

“The Enterprise Zone program came along at the right time for us because we were needing a permanent home… and to fund our operations and capital program, we needed some help,” Fredericksen adds. “The Enterprise Zone was perfect for that purpose.”

As a result of participating in EZ, Haven House secured the necessary funds to purchase a new 13,000 square foot facility.

The result: The ability to better serve more struggling families. Haven House currently serves on average 12,000-14,000 shelter nights per year—a definite increase in service in comparison to their first year of operations. (A shelter night equals one person per one night during an overnight stay.) Haven House is currently serving 45 individuals living in their transitional housing.

Haven House AnniversaryTo celebrate five years of significant accomplishments and growth, Haven House is hosting a birthday party, open house, and spaghetti dinner. Haven House will be talking about its programming, honoring volunteers and participants, and working to potentially recruit more. The event is scheduled for Friday, May 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm (dinner served at 5:00 pm) at their new location at 4806 N. River Road in Olathe. For more information on Haven House or the event, please call 970.323.5280.

To learn more about the Enterprise Zone’s Contribution Program, please contact Region 10 at 970.249.2436 or ezadmin@region10.net.

 

 

 

The Latest on Broadband for the Region

The Latest on Broadband for the Region

Region 10 continues to succeed in securing the funding necessary for the expansion of high-speed broadband in Western Colorado. An additional $1.78 million in grant funding​ was recently announced​ from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to be used toward this effort.

This particular grant will be used to finance the second phase of the regional broadband network designed to connect with the first phase of the project (Delta County and a portion of Montrose County) and extend into Ouray, Gunnison, Hinsdale, and San Miguel Counties.

To update the community on our efforts, ​Region 10 recently hosted a regional meeting recently which invited both elected officials, internet service providers, and interested citizens. In attendance was Irv Halter, DOLA’s Executive Director, who spoke about the state of Colorado’s efforts to support economically struggling communities.

“It’s increasingly important to be able to have high-capacity broadband,” Halter mentioned while addressing the crowd. “In fact, it’s the coin of the realm: If you don’t have that, you don’t exist.”

Halter’s comments reflect the impetus of this entire endeavor, as broadband represents a vital component of our region’s economic development strategies.

The continued goal of this network is build out the “middle mile” infrastructure in and provide redundancy for each participating community in Region 10. Each community involved the project will house a carrier neutral locations for private providers to utilize for the “last mile” buildouts to home and businesses.

​The design is​ to build the most cost-efficient network by leveraging existing infrastructure assets, like dark fiber scattered throughout the region. To build from scratch and connect all Region 10 communities, a new regional broadband network is estimated to have cost $60 million. Instead, with careful coordinating, the estimated price tag for the project in its current is approximately $14 million.

Region 10 has already been a recipient of significant funding. The first phase of development received $5.2 million of state funds from DOLA and $1.2 million in federal funding from Partnerships for Opportunity, Workforce, and Economic Revitalization (POWER). All local communities involved in the project have ponied up matching funds to better leverage funding for construction and coordination of the network.

The project has also leveraged a generous in-kind donation from Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA)​, who remains a valuable partner in the process, and is​ provid​ing the network with six non-transferable fibers that are a part of their own internal network that is in the midst of construction.

​The projects are working together to determine the most efficient way to complete the middle mile service, while DMEA continues to plan to cover homes and businesses throughout their service area.​

​Executive Director Michelle Haynes comments, “This project represents significant collaboration from the most local levels, to support from state and federal resources, in recognition of the importance of broadband in our local economy. Region 10 is pleased to be a partner in such a broad effort in our communities and region.”

Phase one construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

With the new DOLA funding, phase two service areas will be integrated into the design and implementation process, with an ultimate goal to have the Region 10 middle mile portion completed within the next two years.

Small Changes Grant funds numerous valuable projects for local communities

Small Changes Grant funds numerous valuable projects for local communities

Often times, it’s the little things that matter most.

For several years, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and Region 10 have helped local governments achieve those little things through Small Changes Community Development Grants. With annual awards of $5,000, local communities have used these funds for a variety of small scale projects, from Main Street beautification to town signage.

Below are just a few examples of Small Changes projects and testimonials from local governments.

Town of Ridgway: Townie Tuesday Picture Show

townie tuesday

The Town of Ridgway leveraged Small Changes to purchase and install an outdoor movie system. The system includes a console, sound system, inflatable screen, projector, and projector stand.

Prior to this purchase, the town staff used a large bed sheet as a screen for the films.

With some wise budgeting and gathering of local in-kind donations, Ridgway was able to leverage a total of $11,000 with the Small Changes Grant to make this project come to fruition. The end result: A fun-filled local event that encourages local residents to spend an evening downtown, not only attending a community event but also patronizing local businesses during their visit.

Town of Norwood: Beautification Project

norwood2The Town of Norwood was in need of creating a downtown atmosphere that local residents could take pride in. Town staff created a phased plan to enhances the visual appeal of Norwood’s downtown corridor.

The first phase of the project, which was financed by Small Changes, involved purchasing 12 flower baskets, 30 banners, and hardware to install everything. Flowers were planted. The multiple banners presented seasonal messaging that could be easily swapped each quarter.

norwood3“The ‘Small Changes’ funding was instrumental in getting the Norwood Beautifucation project going,” states Patti Grafmyer, Town Administrator. “And once Phase 1 was in progress, we could see the community pride begin to grow and blossom, just as the flowers did in the baskets.”

Town of Cedaredge: Grand Mesa Trail enhancement

cedaredgesmallchangesTown of Cedaredge has leveraged the Small Changes Grant several times. Most recently, they used funds from the program to improve their Grand Mesa Trail head. Adding landscaping and a benches for walkers to rest, the Town of Cedaredge has received many compliments on these improvements.
Town staff found the application process to be user friendly. “The process for the application is fairly simple,” adds Town Administrator Katie Sickles. “The amount is perfect to take a community idea, build on town goals, and develop a plan or complete a project citizens have requested.”

Town of Olathe: Town Signage Project

olathe5The Town of Olathe needed to be visible to the passing travelers and valued by its community members. What better way to do this for Olathe than to build a sign stating that there is an actual town right off Highway 50, not just a traffic light to slow your travel? The Town of Olathe and many dedicated community members and businesses helped in designing and erecting a new Town sign at its entrance. This sign brings a community to the otherwise traffic light that slows commuters and sight-seeing travelers.


For more information and details of eligibility, please visit www.region10.net/smallchangesgrant.

Our favorite 15 stories from 2015

Our favorite 15 stories from 2015

 

2015 was an eventful and successful year for Region 10. Here is a list of 15 of our most popular achievements in 2015, based on unique website views by our audience. Happy New Year, and we look forward to further achievements in 2016.

 

#1 – Region 10 helps brings a new microbrew to Gunnisonhighalpine2

With the recent closure of two breweries in both Gunnison and Crested Butte, Gunnison County has been without this traditional Colorado staple since last fall—a big no-no for a destination that boasts being a tourist hub and college town. With the help of a teammate and local brewmaster, Bryan Wickenhauser plans to open a new brewery on Gunnison’s Main Street named High Alpine Brewing Company. High Alpine’s tagline—“Where beer meets tree line”—aptly characterizes the close relationship this business will have with its location. Read more about how Region 10 and Gunnison Bank & Trust Company helped finance this crafty enterprise.

 

broadband-internet-providers_800x600#2 – Region 10 secures big grants for broadband

Access to high speed internet has been identified as a necessity for economic development, and Region 10 has been tasked with coordinating a regional wide effort to bring broadband to the area of Western Colorado. Region 10 was awarded two significant grants—one from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs for $5.2 million and the Partnerships for Opportunity, Workforce, and Economic Revitalization (POWER) for $1.2 million—to jump start this effort. Learn more about Region 10’s continued efforts to bring high-speed internet to region.

 

gunnyriverpro8#3 – Small Changes Loan helps finance Gunnison River Pro’s unique product

Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Give a man a comfortable seat that is easy to pack into a remote part of the Gunnison Gorge so that he can fish comfortably, and that man’s day just got even better. And that’s exactly what Chris Mortimer of Gunnison River Pro, based in Delta, Colorado, is trying to do. Mortimer designed a raft chair that is both comfortable and easy to store. After designing and fabricating the seat concept in his own garage, he ventured out to find outfitters who would be interested in purchasing the item. Read about how this microfinancing program helped bring Mortimer closer to achieving his goal.

 

grandparent3#4 – Kinship Connections finds home with Region 10

There is a large demographic of grandparents who are responsible for the care of their grandchildren. Kinship Connections for Kids—a support group formed a few years back to support this demographic—recently found a new home with Region 10’s Community Living Services department. Learn more about Region 10’s efforts to support grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

 

 

amazingglaze#5 – Amazing Glaze finds support from Region 10 and Montrose DDA

Cherie McPherson learned about the custom pottery painting business while visiting family in California. Her family stopped in to a small shop to try their hand at this fun pastime – and it was love at first glaze. The concept is quite simple. Customers paint a unique design on a piece of pottery available at the storefront, and then the store fires and finishes the piece for the customer to take home. In her hunt for financial resources to make Amazing Glaze a feasible business enterprise, she came across Region 10 and Montrose’s Downtown Development Authority. Learn how this partnership buoyed this local gem of a small business.

 

medicare-logo#6 – Medicare counseling sets up shop with Region 10

A new partnership to improve Medicare access has been formed on the Western Slope. Region 10 and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) are teaming up to offer services and counseling for Medicare recipients living in the six-county service. SHIP counselors, who are volunteers with years of extensive training, have made themselves available for one-on-one appointments and information seminars throughout the year. Learn more about Medicare counseling services recently made available.

 

54B2TTIV9T#7 – DMEA becomes a vital partner in broadband

Region 10 recently gained an important partner in the push to bring faster and affordable internet to the Western Slope. Delta-Montrose Electric Association(DMEA) has agreed to be listed as a partner for the beginning phase of a regional broadband network in the six-county region of Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray, and San Miguel. Last month, the DMEA board voted unanimously to participate in an upcoming grant application with Region 10 by offering its available fiberoptic cables as a valuable contribution to the project. Read more about why DMEA was so crucial to the development of broadband in our region.

 

caregiversummit#8 – Caregiver Summit makes its triumphant return

Community Living Services successfully coordinated the second annual Caregiver Summit and Retreat. The event was a celebration of those who selflessly dedicate their lives to providing care for others. Thought-provoking workshops and a vendor fair capped off a successful day for those who attended. Be sure to watch for next year’s Caregiver Summit and Retreat. Relive this informative and fun-filled day.

 

 

IMG_0745#9 – Economic Diversification Project in Delta and Gunnison Counties

Region 10 was awarded a $245,000 grant by the EDA to develop a strategic analysis designed to build the economic resiliency and sustainability of Delta and Gunnison counties following closure of the Oxbow and Elk Creek coal mines.

Better City—a consulting firm based in Ogden, Utah—was hired to develop an in-depth, data-driven analysis to broaden the economic bases of both counties. After working closely with the State Demographers Office, Better Cities compiled and analyzed economic indicators about potential opportunities for growth. Their analysis fed into proposals focused on leveraging local assets, building upon the communities’ natural strengths, and developing vision for a variety of potential economic development projects. Matthew Godfrey of Better City encourages communities to “think big” when it comes to envisioning future prosperity. In April, Better City—in conjunction with DCED, City and County of Delta, Region 10, and Gunnison County—presented their findings and recommendations to the public. Learn more about this ongoing project.

maxarchery5#10 – Max Archery partners with Region 10

Heath and Jesse McComb’s love of archery stuck with them through high school and after their time in the military. Returning to their home of Montrose, the McCombs brothers saw a unique opportunity to pursue their lifelong passions. Their hometown lacked an adequate archery retail option, so they created their own business: Max Archery. Learn more about this fledging business and how Region 10 helped finance the dreams of the McComb brothers.  

 

businessman hand touch virtual graph,chart, diagram#11 – Small Business Resources launches Small Changes Loan

Do you need just a little financial assistance to take your company to the next level? Perhaps it’s time to consider making some “Small Changes!” If you need funding to buy equipment, pay for advertising, build a new website or enhance your existing web presence, or even purchase inventory, the Region 10 Small Changes Loan Program was designed with you in mind. If you think the Small Changes Loan is the right thing for your business, click here to learn more.

 

bennett2#12 – Powerstop/Hammer—a gas station for a new generation

How much time do you spend at your local gas station? 10 minutes? 5 minutes? You probably spend just enough time to fill up the tank and grab a bag of chips, right? You might be inclined to spend more time at your local gas station if you are passing through Gunnison – especially if you visit the Powerstop and Hammer at 905 North Main Street. Whether you plan to scarf down a peanut butter-bacon burger, drink a local craft brew, or peruse a colorful assortment of snowboards, you will want to budget more time when visiting this local gem. Read more about how Region 10 helped expand this unique business concept in Gunnison.

 

seniordrug#13 – Options Counseling now available in all 6 counties

The goal of options counseling is to connect those in need—specifically the elderly and disabled—with the services and benefits that will help them become self-sufficient. Region 10 and Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) have provided options counseling for Montrose residents for years, but will soon be expanding into the further into neighboring counties. Read more about the expansion of options counseling throughout the region.

 

region10Slider#14 – DCED and Region 10 share new office space in Delta

Delta County Economic Development (DCED) and Region 10 are partnering to create a new business center and community hub for Delta. To kick off this collaboration, these two organizations moved into the former Bank of Colorado building located at 145 W. 4th Street. The goal is to create a unique space that provides an array of services from small business services to healthcare counseling. Learn more about how this new community hub is benefitting the Delta community.

 

coworking_groupshot#15 – We celebrate the future of coworking

You might have heard a little buzz around town about “coworking” and “coworking spaces”. If not, coworking is an innovative approach to attracting talent to coalesce into one physical space with the goal of supporting and spurring on entrepreneurial activity in the community. Region 10 is fully embracing this concept and supporting a variety of startup and ongoing efforts to bring coworking to our region.Region 10 proudly partnered with two coworking facilities in our region: The Hive in Paonia and the Proximity Space in Montrose. Learn more about this unique concept and how it is redefining the modern workplace.