About the Program

DCI's Colorado Challenge Accelerator Program is a  team building accelerator focused on establishing a plan of work and proposal that engages public, private, and non-profit partners to address a significant community challenge over the course of twelve months. The Colorado Challenge Program works to transform the community’s challenge into an opportunity, to establish a proposal, financing approach, and team of community partners ready to implement their plan of action.

Phases of the Program

The program includes five phases of planning and development that will help our Colorado communities establish a plan for community-wide initiatives to foster sustainable community and economic development. This involves public, private, and non-profit partners moving forward to establish their community as a business-friendly destination for entrepreneurs and community initiatives.

The phases include:

Contact Kylie at outreach@downtowncoloradoinc.org for more information on the program.

Note: In order to complete the online application, we will request a letter of interest. View a sample letter here and have your community's sample letter ready before you apply!


It was my first time and by participating in the Center Studio Workshop, I saw the immense amount of expertise all of the attendees brought to the table to learn and glean from. It was invaluable. I also loved being able to learn about local projects and gain lessons learned for my part of the state." – Jeff Owsley, Community Relations – San Luis Valley, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

"We had a challenge studio at the In the Games conference and for the first time collaborated with our neighboring communities of Silverton and Ouray. You can try to do a lot over phone calls and emails, but there is nothing like working on a project in one room together. The addition of conference attendees from across the state helped to provide insight into our challenges and ways to refine our project with an outside lens. As a result, our three communities are working together to pursue grants at a state and national level for our region."  -Kiki Hooten, Local First La Plata

Colorado Challenge Program: In Review

Challenge Program in Review Report 

Meet DCI's Colorado Challenge Communities

Short Recaps from 2020

Update from 2019

Reports from All Communities


Below are our partners who are indispensable to ensuring the Colorado Challenge Program's success. A special thanks to Randy Harrison and the graduate students of CU Denver's School of Public Affairs for their work on the Challenge Program Reports. 

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