OEDIT kicks off regional road tour to support Blueprint

2/10/2012

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will kick-off a three-week regional road tour on Tues., Feb. 14, re-igniting the bottom-up process to the Colorado Blueprint and executing next steps.

For the next several weeks, the OEDIT team will meet with partners in all 14 regions across the state to discuss new tools and resources developed to assist in their economic growth and job creation. Together, they will begin creating three-year business plans designed to spur job creation within the region and identify policy issues to be addressed in order to create regional economic growth. 

"Our priority is to retain and grow jobs in every corner of Colorado, showing the attractive economic environment to those already doing business here as well as to new companies," said Ken Lund, Executive Director of OEDIT. "It's important for us to keep the lines of communication open with all people and businesses throughout Colorado, and ensure that they are involved in encouraging growth in their local communities and helping businesses succeed."

Last year, every county put together a summary expressing the needs, priorities, vision, strengths and weaknesses of its local economy. These summaries were rolled up into 14 regional statements, which helped form the Blueprint and its objectives to lead economic development in Colorado.

"The Colorado Blueprint: A bottom-up approach to economic development" is the product of an unprecedented effort to engage every county in Colorado on how best to improve the state's economy

The regional partnership meetings were built on the bottom-up strategy and intersect with the key industry economic development meetings already underway as part of an integrated strategy being led by Karla Tartz, Deputy Director of OEDIT. Tartz and Kari Linker, Director of Regional Development at OEDIT and former Executive Director of Morgan County Economic Development Corporation will lead the tour.

Regional Tour Schedule:

Week of Feb. 13:  Salida, Alamosa, Trinidad, La Junta, Limon and Akron

Week of Feb. 20:  Rifle, Montrose, Cortez, Woodland Park and Pueblo

Week of Feb. 27:  Frisco, Windsor and Westminster