REGION – The hard work over the last two years has paid off, and the provisional creative districts in both Ridgway and Telluride were fully certified this week by Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the Boettcher Foundation.
The designation as Creative Districts means the two communities are awarded second-year grants of $15,000 and technical assistance opportunities. They are also eligible for a $10,000 Boettcher Leadership Award.
"We are incredibly thrilled to see the fruits of more than two years of effort toward this opportunity be rewarded," said Ridgway Mayor John Clark.
In making the announcement, Governor John Hickenlooper said, "These 2013 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live. [They] not only increase quality of life, they also help with economic vitality of the area and attract people from all over Colorado and the country."
The other three districts to be certified are the North Fork Valley Creative District, the Pueblo Creative Corridor, and the Corazon de Trinidad.