Today, Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Boettcher Foundation announced it designated five new certified creative districts: the Pueblo Creative Corridor, Corazon de Trinidad, North Fork Valley Creative District, Ridgway Creative District and Telluride Creative District.
That means that these five entities will receive $15,000 grants and technical support to help grow their programming and operations, not to mention the bragging rights of state certification, put this way by Gov. John Hickenlooper in the press release:
"These 2013 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live," said Gov. Hickenlooper. "These districts not only increase quality of life, they also help with economic vitality of the area and attract people from all over Colorado and the country."
In addition, CCI also awarded Aurora, Longmont, Greeley and downtown Colorado Springs the designation of prospective district. For our downtown, it's a level up from its designation last year as an emerging creative-district (a label which was not awarded this year).
The initiative launched in 2011 and judges districts via a panel of "peer experts" and "scored using the following criteria: district characteristics, management and planning, community buy-in, and other factors."
As far as Pueblo's label as a certified creative district, it's another feather in the city's cap, having just hosted the Creative Industries Summit and landing the coveted Governor's Arts Award, both in April. But hey, this time last year Pueblo was just a wee prospective creative district as well, so good for Colorado Springs.