Carbondale named (official) creative district |

Carbondale named (official) creative district

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Will Grandbois / Post Independent |

Though the town has long thrived on its identity as a creative district, Carbondale has now officially been certified as a creative district by the state’s Colorado Creative Industries.

With that designation comes money from the state — the packages average about $40,000 — technical and marketing support, access to more grants, special highway signs and training opportunities.

“The goal of this program is to help Colorado creative districts achieve the administrative structure, funding streams, community engagement process and strategic plan that provide opportunities to grow the creative economy,” said Margaret Hunt, CCI director.

In April Carbondale also hosted CCI’s annual Creative Industries Summit. Though playing host seemed to make the town a shoo-in for the certification, CCI staffers were tight-lipped about Carbondale’s shot.

Alongside Carbondale were five more communities named the state’s newest certified creative districts: Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Fort Collins, Mancos and Golden Triangle in Denver. These communities join a dozen others that had already received the certification.

All together, 15 communities applied for the creative district certification this year.

“These 2016 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live,” said Gov. John 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.”

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