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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:06 pm 
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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Despite not receiving a certified creative district designation from the state, members of the Evergreen arts community say working toward the certification for the past two years has paid off for the arts and local businesses.

“I think it made a lot of the arts organizations and a lot of community members aware of what we have here,” said Beth Riser, who has been heading the effort for the past few months. “The arts organizations came together and really started working together. … We have really cross-promoted each other.”

Riser said Evergreen failed to receive the designation from Colorado Creative Industries because it isn’t an incorporated town and because the creative district steering committee didn’t have 501(c)3 nonprofit status.

http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/ar ... ion-denied


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:03 pm 
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So I saw this the other day, almost posted it as the interesting local news it is... It seems like there should be a way to get unincorporated areas like Evergreen, CO, to be eligible for such designation. But the first question I had is "What is a Colorado Creative District?"

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In 2011, the Colorado legislature passed and Governor Hickenlooper signed into law HB11-1031 encouraging the formation of Creative Districts in communities, neighborhoods or contiguous geographic areas, for the purposes of:
  • Attracting artists and creative entrepreneurs to a community, infusing new energy and innovation, which in turn will enhance the economic and civic capital of the community;
  • Creating hubs of economic activity, thereby enhancing the area as an appealing place to live, visit and conduct business, as well as create new economic activity;
  • Attracting visitors;
  • Revitalizing and beautifying communities;
  • Providing a focal point for celebrating and strengthening a community’s unique identity;
  • Showcasing cultural and artistic organizations, events and amenities;
  • Contributing to the development of healthy communities; and
  • Improving the quality of life of the State’s residents.
(http://www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/showcase/colorado-creative-districts)

It seems like a no-brainer that Evergreen should be on the short list of places suitable to become such a district, and so I hope folks won't give up trying easily.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:20 am 
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It was understood at the first organizational meetings that the 501(c) of Downtown Evergreen would be utilized for this purpose of the application.

But I agree, Evergreen is unique, beautiful, easy to access - with an amazing number of creative talented
people.

I was disappointed to hear it didn't go through, but if a collective will endures the day will come.


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