Grand County workshops focus on our backyard |

Grand County workshops focus on our backyard

Courtesy of Grand County Office of Economic Development

Capitalizing on what is already in place in Grand County was the theme for two workshops held recently in Kremmling and sponsored by the Grand County Office of Economic Development and the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO).

Agri-tourism was the topic for the first workshop, where coordinators emphasized the opportunities that exist for heritage interests in the field of agri-tourism. The one-day workshop featured professionals who shared best practices, and breakout sessions on zoning, insurance, business development, marketing and public relations, heritage planning and signage. The Colorado Tourism Office is the state lead agency in charge and can offer tourism marketing and development, such as free listings, travel itineraries, media coverage and using social media.

The focus of the second day was to coordinate the interests of the creative industry, historical and heritage interests as well as the Scenic Byway in an effort to “Tell Our Grand Story.”

Kelli Hepler, who works for the Colorado Tourism Office, talked about the success of the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition. The Chambers of Commerce of Paonia, Crawford and Hotchkiss recognized that the future viability of the North Fork relies on a new collaboration and a sharing of resources that take into account the interests and character of the entire Valley.

Grand County Economic Development Coordinator DiAnn Butler said the two days were very successful in gathering people with different passions but similar goals and encouraging them to start talking about the story of Grand County and the best way to tell that story.

For additional information contact DiAnn Butler, (970) 531-1343 or

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