GCED Programs

gdaimageIn 2017, the Grand County Economic Department received a grant to develop an advisory committee consisting of local leaders from the private and public sectors of the economy.  Their goal was to strengthen the county workforce, develop local talent, provide affordable housing opportunities and to elevate the quality of life for those who live in the county.  

Working with a consultant we have developed an Integrated Workforce and Housing Platform that will help attract and retain a sustainable workforce ecosystem.
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Something GRAND is happening in Grand Lake: The Grand Lake Heart & Soul Project.

Community Heart & Soul®, made possible by the Orton Family Foundation (www.orton.org), which was founded in 1995 by Lyman Orton, has the mission to improve local decision-making, create a shared sense of belonging, and ultimately strengthen the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of each place.

“Guided by what matters most” is the motto for Community Heart & Soul®, with three principles for success: Involve Everyone, Focus on What Matters, and Play the Long Game.

gl_creativedistrictLeaders in Grand Lake are preparing a strategic plan to receive a Creative District Designation from the Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade.

Two years in the making, Ken Fucik of the Wood Boat School is leading the effort with help from several community members and county visionaries.

If approved, Grand Lake will attract artists and creative entrepreneurs to the community, infusing new energy and innovation in the region. Primary recipients are Colorado communities, including local government entities and nonprofit cultural organizations within and surrounding the Certified Creative Districts.

For more information on the Creative District process or to get involved contact DiAnn Butler at 970-531-1343.
coindustrieslogoGrand County is applying for "Space to Create".  This is the first state driven initiative for affordable housing for artists and creative sector workers in the nation. Our mission is to develop affordable housing and work space, including commercial space, for artists and arts organizations and to position Colorado as the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation in rural communities.
esicampThe Student to Career Opportunity Program will host a Summer Entrepreneurship Camp in June!  Interested students will submit a video resume that highlights a potential business they would like to open in the county.  Contact DiAnn Butler with more information at 970-531-1343.

To be a participant in the camp, apply online at https://goo.gl/forms/vXPYMjr7FucAIoRr2

stcographThe Northwest Colorado Student to Career Opportunity Initiative will include seven elements to be completed within the two-year timeframe to engage and grow the local workforce.