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Citizens Forum on RBC Economic Development
January 25, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
A citizen’s forum on economic development for Rio Blanco County will be held on Saturday, January 25 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the historic Meeker Hotel Dining Room. The conference is sponsored by the Rio Blanco County Citizens for Economic Development.
The forum will be an opportunity to learn about a variety of efforts and programs that are being considered to improve the economy throughout the county, and for citizens to have input and suggestions on ideas that may provide viable solutions. All Meeker, Rangely and Rio Blanco County residents are invited and encouraged to participate. Light refreshments will be served. Participants should come prepared to discuss ideas and apply creativity to help address these crucial issues that may create jobs and promote tourism for the future of Rio Blanco County.
Representatives from the Colorado Tourism Office have been invited to share insight into programs that have worked well in other rural communities. Heritage and Agritourism are among the most successful and easily accomplished in rural communities, and account for the greatest economic growth as tourism is the leading economic engine in Colorado. Delta County has already pursued such programs with great success. Kelli Hepler from Delta and the Colorado Tourism Office will present their success story. The Colorado Commission on Agriculture will also provide input and discussion.
Other presenters invited are from the Office of Economic Development’s Colorado Creative Industries, who will discuss designation as a Creative District. Other discussions will include repurposing and restoring historic downtown areas as attractions to visitors.
History Colorado representatives will discuss details of nominations for historic places and historic districts as economic development incentives. Meeker has been approved for nomination as a Colorado Historic District.
A renowned professor emerita from Arizona State University who is a frequent Meeker visitor remarked that Rio Blanco County is a treasure trove of historic venues and artifacts and has a rich and fascinating history that should be marketed to the world. International and domestic tourists are fascinated by the lore of the old West, such as military battles, memorabilia, ranching, farming and Native Americans, and frequently travel great distances to appreciate those experiences. Presently Rio Blanco County attractions are among “best kept secrets in Northwestern Colorado.” A multifaceted and strong marketing campaign through the internet and social media can literally invite the World to visit and tour this most historic and interesting area.
A teleconference will be available for those who cannot attend in person. For more information or to participate in the Citizens Forum by teleconference, please RSVP to 970 878-4832 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.