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 Gunnison
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.