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Announcing the Recipients of our Spring 2018 Community Assistance Program

By: John Lavey

Date: Apr, 12 2018

We are thrilled to announce the selection of four new communities to receive assistance through our Community Assistance program. Twice a year, we offer technical assistance to communities within the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming. Technical assistance projects focus on enhancing local livability by addressing issues associated with affordable housing, economic development, land use and transportation.

Projects selected in our Spring 2018 assistance cycle emphasize different priorities, but each have a common end-goal: To make the community better for the people that live there. Community Builders believes strongly in the principle of community driven solutions, and each project will involve significant and meaningful public engagement to shape project outcomes.

Selected projects include:

  • Grand Junction, CO. Working with the Downtown Development Authority and local partners, update the Downtown Plan of Development to enhance the downtown’s economic vitality, character, walkability and housing options. 
  • Pocatello, ID. Create a better connection between Idaho State University and downtown Pocatello through streetscape improvements and creative placemaking.
  • Salida, CO. Develop a new vision for the Highway 50 corridor that captures Salida’s unique character and creates a better walking and biking environment for residents and visitors.
  • Pagosa Springs, CO. Assist the Town of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County with community conversations around increasing the affordability of local housing.

“Communities across the West are facing critical challenges related to renewed development demand, affordability, and creating places that are true to their character and great for the people that live there. We saw a heightened demand for our assistance this round and it was a tough decision-making process,” said Jillian Sutherland, Community Builders Program Director. “While there were many great applications, we are thrilled to be partnering with these four communities to help them tackle their unique issues. We hope our work with them will provide guidance and inspiration to communities grappling with similar challenges.”

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