The North Fork Valley Creative Coalition formed out of the North Fork Vision 2020 project. Creative people gathered together to come up with ideas to help improve the economic side of their trades.
That led to a designation from the Colorado Creative Industries that made the North Fork Valley a state-recognized Emerging Creative District.
Now with 15 other districts, the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition is hoping to receive the certification as a Creative District. The Creative Coalition will certify a maximum of five new districts in April. In May a $15,000 grant will be awarded.
A Creative District is not a special district with governing duties and tax collection. It is designed to help creative communities thrive. If the North Fork Valley Creative District is certified it would receive 30 hours of technical assistance, publicity, promotion on Colorado state websites, be featured in television segments, advertising and signage. The boost to the local economy is expected to be measurable.
The North Fork Valley Creative District will include Hotchkiss, Paonia, Crawford and Lazear.
The creative sector in the North Fork includes artisans, arts, agriculture, graphic arts, film, high-tech, performance, practical, tourism, wineries and breweries.blog comments powered by Disqus