Bottom-Up economic meetings scheduled

RBC I The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced the second round of statewide meetings for the governor’s Bottom-Up Economic Development Plan.
Gov. Hickenlooper is asking residents across the state, county by county, to share their stories, challenges and strengths by developing a strategic economic development plan for their county. These county plans will then be rolled up into 14 regional economic development plans, which collectively will be rolled up into a statewide economic development plan.
The goal of these next rounds of meetings will be:
• To mobilize the community base;
• To identify the county team members and contact information;
• To review all survey options (local and statewide);
• To list all current reports and data available;
• To document resources available and needed; and finally
• To distribute a county-priority template.
The meeting for Rio Blanco, Moffat, Garfield, Routt and Mesa counties will be held March 9 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave., from 3-5:30 p.m.
Please contact Beth Taylor at beth.taylor@state.co.us, (970)596-9001, or link to www.advancecolorado.com for additional information regarding local meetings. This website will be updated with the most recent information.
The state of Colorado has provided multiple points of entry for residents to provide input, including:
• A website to collect comments, www.advancecolorado.com/bottomup
• An online survey, http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/462074/County-Economic-Development-Self-Assessment-Survey. (Please note that if a specific county is conducting its own survey, citizens are strongly encouraged to first complete the county survey and only take the state-provided survey as a second option if they have an interest in completing both surveys. The results from the state’s online survey will be compiled by county and provided to each county. In support of the bottom-up approach, each county will determine its use and the relevance of such information.)
• An e-mail address to send questions/comments and to send county/regional plans, input@state.co.us
• Mail comments to: Bottom Up Economic Development Initiative, 1625 Broadway, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202
• Fax comments to (303)892-3848