Downtown Institute: Paonia – Interactive Workshop

Thursday August 4th and Friday August 5th

Mark your calendar for the North Fork Valley’s first Downtown Institute on August 4th & 5th. Thursday will be an open session for businesses, local government and interested community members to discuss local issues and economic development needs. On Friday, speakers will cover several topics that address successful plans and resources for small town downtowns.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 4
2:00 – 4:15 PM    Paonia Community Dialogue
This dialogue will include stakeholders from Paonia and will include an interactive workshop focused on resources in the North Fork Valley, attracting visitors with agro tourism and creative industries, and retaining small business.

4:30 – 5:30 PM    Tour of Paonia
See how Paonia is becoming a destination for visitors from near and far with a vibrant downtown.

6:00 PM    Pick’n in the Park: Tim O’Brien
Come downtown for a free concert in the park by famed bluegrass fiddle player Tim O’Brien. Dinner is available.

Friday, August 5
8:00 AM    Breakfast

8:30 – 11:30 AM   Two Sessions:
Finding Your Downtown Alchemy: Balancing Resources to Shape Downtown Success
Community and economic development resources, advocates and programs are vast and varied. Each community has the opportunity to be their own mixologist, exploring and finding the right symmetry of services, programs, and maybe a little spice! Join a series of discussions from small towns finding the alchemy to accentuate the positive, leverage resources, and find the spirit that fits.

Character Authenticity and Visitor Attraction
Paonia, and the North Fork Valley offer an example of a compelling, authentic brand, with a history of agriculture, opportunities to experience agriculture today, and vibrant creative industries. Join us as we consider ways to showcase the unique assets and stories of your community and region. 

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM    Lunch
Lunch on your own

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Two Sessions:
Entrepreneurs and Understanding Local Markets
The backbone of the US Economy is small business, and traditional businesses are at the heart of a small town. These small business heroes, however, face challenges with time, innovation, and the bottom line. Join us as we look at ways our markets are changing and what entrepreneurs can do to meet local needs and find visitor appeal.

Rural Regionalism and How Small Communities Work Together
Join a conversation dedicated to regional collaboration and the benefits of working together.

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