NWCCOG Economic Development District

Resources Bulletin

April 16, 2024

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In Two Weeks!

Thursday, May 2 |NWCCOG Regional Economic Summit | Silverthorne Pavilion

REGISTER HERE. Angela Belden Martinez, Denver Regional Office Director, U.S. Economic Development Administration will kick things off, followed by a presentation by Elizabeth Garner, State Demographer on regional, state, and national demographic and economic trends. The day will also includes speakers and interactive discussions on the most current and pressing topics impacting our regional economy. Registration is $25, includes coffee, continental breakfast and lunch.

Training Opportunities & Events

Working with New Americans - From Recruiting to Upskilling

Registration Deadline: April 17 | Details and register here. Offered by the Colorado Workforce Development Council. Session 1: Introduction and Recruiting; Session 2: Applications, Interviewing, and Onboarding; Session 3: Managing and Upskilling. This is a three-session module geared toward employers focusing on immigrant and refugee (New American) workforce integration. Participants will learn and apply concepts that will aid in recruitment, onboarding, management, and upskilling approaches for employers from small to large. 

2024 Summit Founder Coopetition - Summit Economic Partnership

Applications open now | Deadline to apply May 15 | Apply here. This program offered by the Summit Economic Partnership starts May 29 and continues for 4 weeks. The program is aimed at early-to-mid-stage companies who are looking to refine their pitch strategy and better understand their funding strategy. The 4 week program culminates in a 1.5 minute video pitch that is reviewed by mentors, investors, and business leaders from across the state. Winner wins a monetary grant to put toward their business. There are some opportunities for businesses outside of Summit County as well.

Mountain Mentors Seeking Mentors

Mountain Mentors are looking for adults interested in mentoring young people. The time commitment is 5 -8 hours per month. If interested, call Aaron Matheson Mountain Mentors Program Coordinator, 970. 409.8700 or aaron.matheson@summitcountyco.gov.

Harnessing the Power of Industry Clusters: Unlocking Colorado’s Economic Potential

April 17 | 10:30 a.m. – noon | Register here. Offered by the Economic Development Council of Colorado. If there was one lesson that came out of the pandemic, the power of collaboration and connectivity has led to incredible advancements in today’s economy. EDCC continues its tradition of fostering a network of economic development professionals in this webinar that will serve to strengthen the performance of Economic Development Organizations (EDO), cultivate industry connections, and promote the industry and profession that will contribute to a robust constellation of EDO’s across Colorado.

Legal Considerations for Growing a Business: Selling Equity

April 18 | 11:00am | Register here. Offered by the SBDC. The are some important items to consider when it comes to growing your business. Along with financial and operational considerations come legal considerations like legal entity characteristics, documentation like management or vendor agreements, and more. Get a better understanding of what legal considerations to think about if you're planning for growth.

Let's Talk: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Business

April 30 | 9:00am | Register here. Offered by the Northwest Small Business Development Center. If you are considering starting a new business this year, join us to learn more about what it is required of business owners. It's not just about having the startup money or having a product that all your friends and family love. Do you have a plan and do you have what it takes to be an owner/entrepreneur? 


Planning and Zoning, Removing Barriers to Solar Deployment 

May 16 | 10 - 11:30 am | Register here. Offered by NADO. Local government planning and zoning regulations can help facilitate the rapid expansion of solar energy and associated technologies, including energy storage and electric vehicles, within a community. This virtual training will review best practices in integrating solar energy into local planning documents and zoning regulations.


Permitting and Inspections, Learning Safe and Best Practices for Solar

June 6 | 10 AM - 12:30 PM | Register here. Offered by NADO. This training will review best practices for conducting field inspections for small solar PV systems, discuss the goals of inspection, including relevant codes and standards. Inspection staff will learn about the value of a solar inspection checklist and how to ensure systems are installed in accordance with plans and specifications. 

Basic Economic Development Course

June 10-14 |Denver - in person | Details and Register here. Offered by the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC). The BEDC course provides a substantial introduction to the theory and fundamentals of comprehensive economic development. This course will feature live, interactive discussions with instructors & peers.

Colorado Municipal League Annual Conference

June 18-21 in Loveland, Colorado | Details here. CML's signature conference draws over 1,200 leaders throughout the state to share the latest information on accomplishments, growth, legislation, and policies that impact your municipality. 

Colorado Governors Tourism Conference

Sept. 25-27 in Mt. Crested Butte | Register here. This is the state's premier travel industry event, bringing together hundreds of tourism leaders and partners for three days of insightful programming, educational sessions and valuable networking opportunities.

Economic Development Council of Colorado | Drive, Lead, Succeed Conference

Oct. 13 – 16 | Beaver Creek, CO | Details here. EDCC’s  Annual Drive | Lead | Succeed Conferences aim to provide the knowledge, tools, and connections that are vital to foster a growing Colorado economy, gather the industry’s top influencers and thought leaders together to share knowledge and answer questions that no one else can, offer new and vital tools and solutions to pressing economic issues facing Colorado’s professional economic development community.

Small Business Development Center

Full events and workshops calendar including webinars can be found HERE.

Funding & Technical Assistance

NWCCOG Regional Grants Navigator

NWCCOG has a Regional Grants Navigator on staff to assist with identifying appropriate grant opportunities, reviewing grants prior to submission, or helping to gather letters of support. Feel free to reach out to him for assistance: Jonathan Godes, NWCCOG Regional Grants Navigator - jgodes@nwccog.org.

Federal Opportunities

Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Funding Guide

The Center on Rural Innovation has released a Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Funding Guide to explain key sections of the BEAD Notice of Funding Opportunity. This guide walks internet service providers (ISPs) and their stakeholders through the information and criteria they need to know as they prepare to apply for a grant. The $42.5 billion allocation for building broadband infrastructure from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program will be transformational for rural communities with long-standing connectivity gaps.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program – U.S. Dept of Energy

Deadline: April 30 | Details here. The EECBG Program awards funding directly to local governments to implement projects that align with their goals to increase energy efficiency, reduce fossil fuel emissions, and cut overall energy use and costs. EECBG Program Funds are highly flexible; there are 14 categories of eligible uses of funds to help meet the unique needs of your community, including efficiency upgrades, electric vehicle infrastructure, and community solar. 

Pension Counseling and Information Projects program

Deadline: May 18 | Details here. Department of Health & Human Services. Goal is to reduce the risk of financial insecurity by empowering individuals through information, resources, and tools. This program strives to maximize the independence of older individuals and empower them to make informed choices so that they can live well in retirement. Successful applicants will also have a recognized history of serving older people who may be economically marginalized, with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program

Deadline: May 6 | Details here. U.S. Dept. of Interior. The Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program invites proposals from eligible applicants that are invested in and capable of demonstrating emerging or deploying existing snow-monitoring technologies or use of snow-monitoring data to enhance water supply forecast skill.


Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program

Deadline: May 10 | Details here. U.S. EPA. The objective of the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program is to accelerate and expand the strategic protection of healthy watersheds (including freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems) across the country through a cooperative agreement and subsequent subawards.

State Opportunities

Colorado Creates Grant

Deadline: May 29 | Details here. The Colorado Creates Grant helps organizations and communities create art and cultural activities through general operating support funding. Funds are distributed throughout Colorado with a focus on rural communities.

Colorado Community Revitalization Grant

Deadline: Rolling | Details here. This program provides $65 million in gap funding for mixed-use projects in creative districts, historic districts, main streets or neighborhood commercial centers. This grant will support creative projects that combine creative industry workforce housing, commercial spaces, performance space, community gathering spaces, child care centers, and retail partnerships for the purpose of economic recovery and diversification by supporting creative sector entrepreneurs, artisans, and community non-profit organizations.  


The Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit (AITC)

Applications accepted on a rolling basis | Details here. Investors making qualified investments in Colorado advanced industry small businesses may be eligible for 25% or 35% of their investment in Colorado state income tax credit. The program has $4 million in tax credits to disburse throughout 2024.


Middle-Income Housing Authority (MIHA) Applications

Applications accepted on a rolling basis | Details here. MIHA is a special purpose authority that is independent from the state, and OEDIT assists with administrative needs. MIHA has the power to issue bonds to finance affordable rental housing projects with AMIs generally between 80% and 120%, or 140% in rural resort areas. MIHA reopened for applications on March 8, 2024 and is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis.


Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media (COFTM) Tax Credit

Applications close Dec. 31 and is rolling until funds are utilized | Details here. In alignment with HB23-1309, the incentive program will be structured as a tax credit with applications available to review by the Economic Development Commission (EDC). Slated to run for one year, the tax credit program will allocate $5 million in film incentives to support media production within the state of Colorado. Applications close Dec. 31, 2024 and is rolling until funds are utilized.

CHFA Direct Effect Awards

Round 1: Open April 1 and closes April 26. Round 2: Open August 19 and closes Sept. 17 | Details here. CHFA is pleased to announce the dates for its 2024 Direct Effect Awards. Direct Effect Awards are an opportunity for CHFA to recognize and support Colorado nonprofits whose missions align with our work to strengthen Colorado by investing in affordable housing and community development. In 2024, CHFA is celebrating 50 years of strengthening Colorado. To help commemorate, CHFA will additionally award up to five $50,000 Direct Effect Awards in each round of 2024. 

Other Funding & Technical Assistance Opportunities

Latino-Owned Food Industry Grants: Fresh Food Access for All

Deadline: April 19 | Details here. The Kroger Co. Foundation and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have collaborated to launch the ‘Fresh Food Access For All’ challenge, targeting Latino small businesses, startups, and community-serving orgs addressing food insecurity in their communities by increasing access to healthy and affordable food. Grants are in the amount of $125,000. 

Union Pacific Foundation: Community Ties Giving Program

Deadline: May 31| Details here. Programs Improving Quality of Life in Railroad Communities. The Union Pacific Foundation’s Community Ties Giving Program aims to build safe, prosperous, vibrant, and inclusive communities where Union Pacific Railroad operates. Funding is provided for direct services and efforts that build the capacity of organizations focused on the following causes: safety, workforce development, community vitality, and environmental sustainability. Within each focus area, the aim is to support programs and organizations working to advance the diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented populations.


Economic Development Week

May 6 - 10 | Details here. Join EDCC & DCI along with our state and federal program partners, OEDIT, DOLA, CWDC, Manufacturer’s Edge, USDA & EDA, as we celebrate Colorado’s #EconDev ecosystem! Webinars, social media campaigns, and individual community celebrations will pop up everywhere. Join in on the fun! More information to come...

Rural Economic Development Toolkit

See toolkit here. This comprehensive guide produced by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable is designed to help communities around the country strengthen their economies through outdoor recreation. From economic impact and public health to housing affordability, stewardship, and collaboration, the toolkit is full of new tools to help leaders thrive. This edition of the toolkit seeks to provide strategies for success sourced from communities around the country to achieve intersecting goals: healthy communities, high quality of life, robust businesses, resilient economies, and vibrant outdoor places.

April is Financial Literacy Month

Read about resources from the SBA here. Understanding your finances is key to running a successful small business. April is Financial Literacy Month and a good opportunity to connect with SBA resource partners which provide mentoring, counseling, and training to help you master the financial aspects of your business.

2024 National Small Business Week April 28 - May 4

Details here. Two-Day Virtual Summit | April 30-May 1, 2024 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. As part of the National Small Business Week (NSBW), the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE will cohost the NSBW Virtual Summit that includes a variety of educational webinars, exhibit booths, free business resources, multiple peer-to-peer networking rooms and expert business advice from SCORE mentors.

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