JOIN US IN BOULDER FOR THIS YEAR'S VIBRANT DOWNTOWNS EVENT
DCI's Vibrant Downtowns Event, IN THE GAME, is a three day interactive educational experience. We focus on harnessing national, state, and local resources to expand the way our downtown champions think and provide real problem solving opportunities.More conference details will be posted on this page soon! For now, check out our sponsorship packages and please nominate projects and people for the Governor's Awards and submit challenges for the Challenge Studios below!
2017 Conference Preview
2017 Conference Recap
Location | Rembrandt Yard-Boulder, CO
Keynote Speakers at Last Year's Conference:
Julie Burros is the Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston, a cabinet level position reporting directly to Mayor Martin J. Walsh. She leads Boston Creates, the City’s cultural plan, and Boston AIR, a program that positions artists as leaders of system-wide change. Burros trained as an urban planner and is a 20-year veteran of municipal government public service.
Vince Kadlubek is the Co-founder and CEO of Meow Wolf, the arts collective behind the award-winning art experience “House of Eternal Return” in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Backed by “Game of Thrones” creator, George R.R. Martin, this immersive art experience has generated a remarkable positive economic impact while supporting local growth and emerging talent. Kadlubek is the chairman of the City’s Planning Commission and redefining the role of the artist in the community.
Steven Thomson is the Program and Communications Manager at the Van Alen Institute. Van Alen believes that all aspects of our lives are shaped by our environment. Their work is inspired by two fundamental questions: How do cities impact our minds and bodies? And in turn, how do we impact the environment? Their goal is to develop a better understanding of these complex relationships through the lens of design. In his position, Thomson works at the intersection of media and the built environment.
EXAMPLES OF PAST TOURS:
Heritage Tour | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
The Historic Walking Tour of Breckenridge (a great overview of the town’s history) and Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour (an interesting history of the town’s saloons and pre-dinner happy hour).
Craft Industry Tour | Broken Compass Brewing
Tour Breck’s growing craft brewery, distillery and local ski manufacturing scene and learn about the grass roots efforts entrepreneurs have gone through to grow their businesses and gain momentum with both the local community and visitors.
Affordable Housing Partnerships | Town of Breckenridge
Summit County faces a severe shortage of affordable housing, with most recent studies indicating a need for nearly 1,700 homes for the local workforce. The Town of Breckenridge has been a leader in creating new neighborhoods for the community and has created partnerships with multiple agencies, developers and jurisdictions to develop housing.
Main Street Improvements | Town of Breckenridge
Tour Breckenridge Main Street Improvement project (blub outs, pavers, landscaping, flowers, grading, drainage, way finding signage, parking meters, signage, street furniture etc). The Town has spent more than $6-8 million over the last few years to accomplish all of this and will be the source of much inspiration.