Building Better Places Training

Join us for the March 2024 Building Better Places Training

Building Better Places (BBP) brings together teams of local leaders to understand and address key challenges and opportunities facing their community. BBP blends shared learning with facilitated action planning, to help community teams find common ground on workable action plans to move forward to address key needs and opportunities in their communities.

This year’s BBP responds to the dynamic mix of challenges and opportunities facing Colorado’s small cities, towns and rural areas. With an emphasis on implementation, BBP will help participants address key barriers and link their community’s needs and vision with the generational funding opportunities available to shape more livable and sustainable places.

When: March 6-8, 2024
Where: Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs
Application window: October 16 – December 8, 2023 (closed)

Who Can Apply

The Building Better Places Training is open to cities, towns, counties, and tribal governments across Colorado. It is designed for smaller cities (up to ~100K), towns and rural areas, and particularly targets areas with higher needs and limited resources and capacity. Community Builders will cover the majority of the team and training expenses, though a small contribution will be requested from each team. Teams may have a local or regional geography and focus. BBP is particularly suited for communities dealing with growth and change.

Participants in CB trainings are selected through a competitive application process. Applicants will assemble a multi-sector team and complete a simple online application form. The application window closed December 8, 2023. If you missed the window or would like to learn more about BBP, please reach out to talk with us about your ideas and questions!


What to Expect

BBP will guide teams of local leaders through strategic discussions to:

  • Develop shared understanding of key needs and challenges
  • Build commitment around shared goals and strategies
  • Clarify key barriers to progress and opportunities to overcome them
  • Determine how to connect goals and strategies to funding opportunities
  • Develop effective outreach strategies to build community capacity, support, and political will
  • Create a practical action plan to take home

Training Agenda


Day 1: Direction and Priorities

Half day. Teams will gain alignment around key challenges and opportunities, and build direction on shared priorities to focus on moving forward.


Day 2: Strategies

Full day. Teams will develop strategies to advance their priorities, including addressing barriers to progress and positioning for funding, implementation, or assistance opportunities.


Day 3: Action Planning

Half day. Teams will work together to develop a detailed action plan outlining key next steps, roles, and resources to advance the strategies identified in BBP.