As we look ahead to a New Year and new opportunities, it seems fitting to reflect on the past 12 months and on our goals for the future. Over the past year, Region 10 has continued to break new ground by increasing the number and quality of the programs that benefit our member communities in Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties. Region 10’s accomplishments in 2013 include:
- Adding the Small Business Resource Center (SBRC), an educational resource that provides needed and affordable classes to business owners and employees. Our classes have been well-attended and draw very positive reviews;
- Expanding the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to include an office based at Region 10, thus expanding the availability of no-fee small business counseling and counseling on the small business impacts of the Affordable Healthcare Act;
- Adding the Connect2Dot program, which matches local contractors with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) projects;
- Providing loans to start and expand regional businesses;
- Developing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy in cooperation with a six-county team;
- Completing an up-to-date study of transit needs within the region;
- Hosting the 2040 CDOT transportation and transit planning meetings;
- Expanding our Community Living Services division, adding Options Counseling to the Area Agency on Aging and expanding the population we serve from those over age 60 to all adults in need of community living support;
- Increasing the number of contribution projects in the Enterprise Zone, which in turn increases investment and creates tax savings for investors in our region.
In 2014, we plan to accomplish even more, building on our 2013 projects as we:
- Continue to expand the services and offerings of both the SBRC and SBDC, and continue offering loans to new and expanding small businesses;
- Build regional development support services based on the information incorporated in the 2014 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), to include project development and grant support services to our members as we implement the CEDS plan strategies with our regional partners in economic development;
- Develop, with the Three Rivers Regional Coordinating Council, an implementation plan based on recommendations for improving regional transit;
- Work with CDOT to complete the 2040 transit and transportation plans for the region;
- Expand our Community Living Services with additional grant funding to support those under age 60 who need support services to continue living independently in the community rather than in an institution;
- Continue the expansion of our Ombudsman program, which advocates for residents of long-term care facilities;
- Continue to support and expand the number of Enterprise Zone projects.
Region 10 wishes you and yours a warm and safe Holiday season and a happy and prosperous 2014!