Economic development strategic plan AND IMPLEMENTATION
Region 10, CO
Strategic Project Implementation
In 2015, Better City completed an economic development strategic plan for Delta and Gunnison counties in Western Colorado.
During the implementation phase, Better City assisted Western States Colorado University located in Gunnison to write a grant application for the ICEHouse Innovation Center that resulted in a $650,000 grant award from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). One year later, Better City also helped structure another project and wrote a second EDA grant application for the ENGAGE center located in Delta that was awarded $680,000. Additionally, Better City secured a $100,000 grant for riverfront improvements near the City of Delta and has created a project concept for a new gateway development that will include a hotel.
In total, Better City directly wrote grants and helped implement projects that resulted in over $1.3M in grant funding within a 3-year time frame for these two rural counties.