WHY DCI? 5 Key Factors of DCI to Celebrate This Colorado Gives Day

12/07/2021 10:31 AM | Morgan Pierce (Administrator)


Because you know you love us!! 

On December 7th, 2021, Downtown Colorado, Inc. joined a community of nonprofits across the state of Colorado in raising money for our organizations’ mission and programs. 

This year, donations received to DCI will be used towards our Colorado Challenge Program. Since 2017, the Colorado Challenge Program has worked with a diverse mix of 34 Colorado communities to consider solutions around housing, small business support, tourism development, local engagement, brownfield clean-up, financing, + more. Your donations empower DCI to connect with these Colorado communities in creating solutions to daunting challenges.

To honor our fundraising efforts for Colorado Gives Day, DCI shared a special social media series called "Why DCI''. The series highlighted many of DCI’s programs and features of DCI that make the organization worth being involved in (other than the Challenge Program, of course). A summary of the series is outlined here.

Why DCI: Peer Network

DCI empowers and connects its multidisciplinary members to interface, share ideas, and develop plans together. For communities looking to link with peers or small-scale consulting, the DCI network can plug you into a team that works for you. DCI connects communities across the state to help all communities thrive.

You can take advantage of DCI’s peer network at our numerous in-person and virtual events, including happy hours across the state and even our Holiday Party which we just celebrated on December 2nd at the DCI office. 

Why DCI: Financing

Whether you’re a developer or a local government, it can be hard to finance projects for community districts and housing. DCI was created 40 years ago to support the creation and use of public-private partnerships and projects. If you need to finance a project, DCI is here to help.

You can take advantage of financing with DCI at our annual Southern Colorado Tax Increment Financing Summit. Examples of how we’ve helped with financing include involving Eagle as a Challenge Community to form their DDA, planning a Lafayette Urban Renewal board training, and our Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Housing Strategy in Durango Report.

Why DCI: Expertise/Advising

Downtown projects are not a simple one-and-done. Whether you have multiple studies trying to implement a program or you’re not sure where to start, DCI offers beginner to advanced advisory services at the level you need. As a small team, members have direct access to DCI staff and gain the opportunity to have a personal connection with the DCI family. 

Some of DCI’s industry experts include Katherine Correll - Downtown Colorado, Inc., Steve Art - City of Wheat Ridge, Troy Bernberg - Northland Securities, Justin Vause - Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), Jariah Walker - Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority, Jeff Owsley - Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), Terri Takata-Smith - Downtown Boulder Partnership, Joe Hengstler - Olde Town Arvada, Andy Arnold - SEH, Maureen Phair - Arvada Urban Renewal Authority, Joe Minicozzi - Urban3, and many more.

Why DCI: Exposure

DCI hosts 20+ events per year in all regions of Colorado on multidisciplinary topics. If you have a story to tell, DCI has a platform for you. DCI sends bi-weekly newsletters highlighting partner events and features as well as amplifying good news through our social media platforms. 

To provide opportunities for exposure, DCI’s dine-around model at our annual conference allows for speakers to connect with listeners in a discussion-style lunch session at a local restaurant. DCI also develops and shares press releases about successful member projects.

Why DCI: Access to Resources

DCI fosters a diverse network of public, private, and state agency partners. This community allows DCI the ability to link you in to the resources you need to get things done.

DCI has helped small communities write grants and implemented placemaking visions and planning needs. DCI also hosts monthly networking opportunities for URAs, BIDs, and DDAs.

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