Steamboat Springs ArtsColorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development, recently designated Steamboat Springs as a certified Colorado Creative District. This designation infuses energy and innovation leading to diversified economic development as recognized districts can access financial resources and technical support as well as state-wide networking and training programs. In addition, this designation strengthens our community through arts and culture, history and heritage, economic development, and tourism.

Since July of 2012, Colorado Creative Industries has supported the development of 21 Creative Districts across the state to:

  • Create hubs and clusters of economic activity
  • Promote a community’s unique identity
  • Enhance areas as appealing places to live, conduct business and attract visitors

So what actually makes up a creative district? A creative district as defined by CCI includes:

  • Contiguous area that includes a mix of uses within its boundaries
  • Walkable, distinguished by physical, artistic and cultural resources
  • Concentration of arts and cultural organizations and creative enterprises
  • Complementary non-arts businesses, such as restaurants, offices, retail, housing and lodging
  • Vigorous arts and cultural activity, such as art walks, festivals, concerts and community gathering places

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Program benefits for the Steamboat Springs community include:

  • National and statewide marketing, advertising and social media opportunities
  • CDOT signs marking Certified Creative Districts on state highways
  • Technical assistance from professionals for district-specific identified needs
  • Customized economic impact data from the Creative Vitality Index
  • Training webinars by world renowned consultants
  • Assistance with community asset mapping
  • Access to capital through OED funding and CCI community loan fund
  • Ability to leverage funding for additional funding and partnerships
  • Mentoring and coaching from other Colorado Certified Creative Districts

The Chamber’s economic development staff continues to engage in this effort by sitting on the Steamboat Springs Creative District Steering Committee, which provides advice and assistance to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council on issues and planning for the newly certified district.

Representing a wide array of expertise and occupations in the community, the district’s steering committee includes:

  • Julie Anderson, Working Artist Representative
  • Candice Bannister, Tread of Pioneers Museum, History and Heritage Representative
  • John Bristol, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Economic Development Representative
  • James DeFrancia, At Large Representative
  • Matt Eidt, Chairperson, Steamboat Springs Arts Council Representative
  • Jillian Ferguson, Routt County, At Large Representative
  • Tyler Gibbs, City of Steamboat Springs, Community Development and Planning Representative
  • Melissa Hampton, Performing Arts Sector Representative
  • Kim Keith, Director, Steamboat Springs Arts Council
  • Lisa Popovich, Main Street Steamboat Springs