Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Partners Celebrate Win of Governor's Award from Downtown Colorado, Inc. for Best Group Effort
Glenwood Springs was honored by Governor Hickenlooper and Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) for its four-year, $18 million downtown revitalization and infrastructure projects, just completed in June 2014. Glenwood Springs won top honors for the Best Group Effort or Multi-Jurisdictional Cooperation category in DCI's annual Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence. The nomination was submitted by the Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority (DDA), on behalf of the six partners involved in the projects.
Criteria for the award, as cited by DCI, included: Overall coordination of a broad-based initiative or project. Management and engagement of all partners; impact in the region and communities.
"This is a tremendous honor for the DDA board, our director of four years, Leslie Bethel, and all of our partners and stakeholders," says Charlie Willman, DDA board chair. "This award is the validation and recognition of the work of dozens of people and many organizations over several years, each of whom contributed to a visionary, synergistic process that has changed the fabric of Glenwood Springs for a permanent and positive result." The DDA invests in public improvements including beautification, pedestrian access, and connections to open space and river corridors that vitalize the historic core of Glenwood Springs.
In alignment with its mission, the DDA helped to plan, coordinate and fund the efforts for these seven successfully completed downtown initiatives from 2010 to 2014:
Each goal represents the collective efforts of the partners from public, nonprofit and private sectors, including the City of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Garfield County Library District, Colorado Mountain College, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association and the DDA with contributions to funding, planning and in-kind services. In addition private developers "711 Grand" revitalized the building that houses new restaurants Smoke Modern Barbecue and The Lost Cajun, and also contributed funding to alleyway renovations between Colorado and Grand avenues.
As a result of all the public investment, privately-owned restaurants on Seventh Street have been inspired and motivated to invest and improve their infrastructure and sites. Individual businesses along the block are leveraging the new public investment with kitchen expansion, outdoor seating, custom railings, outdoor furniture and more.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association was named 2013 Chamber of the Year by ACCE!