NDDA Downtown Assessment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Katrina Harms Nederland, CO 303-258-3266 x28 katrina@katrinaharms.com Nederland, CO – 5/11/15 – The Nederland Downtown Development Authority (NDDA) and the Town of Nederland are pleased to announce the upcoming Downtown Assessment conducted by Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) on May 18th and 19th. Local organization representatives, business owners, property owners, and residents are encouraged to participate in focus groups on May 18th. The NDDA and Town of Nederland are hosting the upcoming Downtown Assessment visit through DCI’s technical assistance program. This program is designed to provide downtown revitalization and economic development technical assistance to Colorado communities hoping to support small business, create partnerships, and develop and sustain a viable and vibrant commercial corridor. The technical assistance is managed by Downtown Colorado, Inc. through a unique collaboration between the organization and its private and public sector member volunteers who provide expertise and practical application from downtown districts throughout Colorado and the United States. Since 2005, DCI has teamed with state and local agencies to identify how best to provide guidance and support to small businesses and other service providers that work in local business districts. Focusing on current conditions in the downtown, a team of professionals will spend two days evaluating the community and facilitating focus groups to provide valuable information about the strengths and opportunities of the downtown, as well as creating the foundation from which a work plan can be developed. A majority of the professional team volunteers their services, allowing DCI to offer technical assistance to the community at a highly discounted cost. The schedule for technical assistance visits vary, but usually include a detailed tour of the community and a full day of focus groups with local government representatives, local organization representatives, business owners, property owners, and residents. The two-day visit to Nederland will conclude with a presentation to the public and the Board of Trustees on May 19th at 6pm at the Nederland Community Center and will provide recommendations for the community as well as action steps. Following the Downtown Assessment, a detailed hard-copy report and action plan will be provided to assist the community in building local partnerships and generating some quick wins to build momentum. This sustainable partnership continues following the Downtown Assessment visit and includes follow-up meetings and visits with the assessment organizers and community members. All local organization representatives, business owners, property owners, and residents interested in participating are asked to contact the NDDA at 303-258-3266 x28 or katrina@katrinaharms.com by 5/15/15 to learn more details about the focus group times. For further details on the DCI Technical Assistance program, please visit their website at www.downtowncoloradoinc.org. # # #

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