DENVER—Colorado’s rural communities are invited to apply for Rural Technical Assistance Program (RTAP) awards, which offer a range of technical initiatives to support economic growth.
Housed in the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), RTAP leverages state partnerships and specialized resources to address the economic development goals of rural Colorado. Originally launched in 2015 as Blueprint 2.0, RTAP has been refocused to meet the evolving economic development needs of Colorado communities.
“The Rural Technical Assistance Program is the continued evolution of our Blueprint 2.0 initiative developed specifically to spur economic growth throughout rural Colorado. It engages rural communities in a participatory planning process while providing the key resources and tools to thrive,” said Danielle Lendriet, program manager at OEDIT. “We are excited to help Colorado communities address everything from coworking spaces to entrepreneurship activity through the lens of economic development.”
In 2018, 18 communities across the state benefited from 22 RTAP initiatives focused on placemaking, coworking, small business support, film production, outdoor recreation and tourism promotion. Since 2015, 69 initiatives have been deployed throughout rural Colorado, providing technical assistance awards to develop tourism assets, create strategic business growth action plans and identify new industry sectors that offer economic opportunity.
The following seven initiatives will be offered in 2019:
Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism: CRAFT Studio 201
Grow Your Outdoor Recreation Industry
Certified Small Business Community
Film and Major Production Initiative
Creativity Lab of Colorado
Communities interested in RTAP are encouraged to learn more and apply online at choosecolorado.com/rtap. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate collaboration, strong local leadership and solid support for the initiative they chose to pursue.
RTAP applications are due on June 30, 2019 and winning communities will be announced in July.
Questions about the program or application process should be directed to Danielle Lendriet at 303-929-1042 or [email protected].
ABOUT COLORADO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, we strive to advance the State’s economy through financial and technical assistance that fosters local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. OEDIT offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business retention services, business relocation services, and business funding and incentives. Our office includes the Global Business Development division; Colorado Tourism Office; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office; Colorado Creative Industries; Business Financing & Incentives division; the Colorado Small Business Development Network; Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media; the Minority Business Office; and the Colorado Innovation Network. Learn more at www.choosecolorado.com