Celebrating Local Character.
Supporting Independent Businesses.
Strengthening Colorado's Downtowns.


WHAT IS IN THE GAME // DCI's Vibrant Downtowns Event, IN THE GAME, is a three day interactive educational experience for rural downtown champions. The conference focuses on harnessing national, state, and local resources to expand the way our downtown champions think about attracting tourists, engaging locals, and provide real problem solving opportunities to help overcome challenges. Just as downtowns are much more than simply a tourist stop, IN THE GAME is much more than a conference.

  • CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS // IN THE GAME’S structure is also uniquely choreographed to establish a dialogue, network, and solution-oriented approach to challenges and action. IN THE GAME platforms will keep you talking and learning together!
  • GOVERNOR’S AWARDS FOR DOWNTOWN EXCELLENCE // Downtown Colorado, Inc. is honored to celebrate a series of projects nominated by our members in several categories such as Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation, Best Event, Festival or Recurring Activity, New Addition to Downtown, Use of Public Space, and the Vicki Mattox Downtowner of the Year for Innovation
  • DOWNTOWN FINANCING SUMMIT // Downtown Colorado, Inc. takes the lead in financing mixology shaping innovative financing and partnerships to enable concepts and ideas to break through.
  • KEYNOTES & COLORADO BRIEFS // Dive into interest areas and inspire participants with short dynamic talks highlighting innovative work by Colorado leaders who share their story and their passion.
  • SPONSORED DINE AROUND LUNCHES & TOURS // Showcase exciting restaurant and project concepts and include informal discussion. Tours may include breweries, public arts, hotel redevelopment projects, etc.

Featuring Keynotes from:


Charles Marohn // Strong Towns

Known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Chuck is the founder and president of Strong Towns. He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1) and A World Class Transportation System as well as the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has spoken in dozens of towns and cities across North America, and speaks regularly for diverse audiences and venues. Chuck grew up on a small farm in Central Minnesota. The oldest of three sons of two elementary school teachers, he graduated from Brainerd High School in 1991. Chuck joined the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday during his junior year of high school and served for nine years. Besides being passionate about building a stronger America, he loves playing music, is an obsessive reader and religiously follows his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. Chuck and his wife live with their two daughters and two Samoyeds just north of Baxter, Minnesota. Learn more about the work of Strong Towns at StrongTowns.org


Chris Lane // Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Chris Lane has 25 years of executive environmental management and corporate sustainability experience across varying sectors. Currently, Lane is CEO of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, a 48-year old nonprofit environmental organization that tackles regional environmental issues around ecological literacy, forest health, sustainable agriculture, land restoration and climate change. Prior to that Lane was vice president of sustainability for Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the country’s largest national park and resort management company where he pioneered the development of environmental management systems in our country’s national parks. Lane served as director of environmental affairs at Aspen Skiing Company. He has consulted with large corporations throughout his career. He has served as an elected official and on the Colorado Governor’s Pollution Prevention Board. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering and is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Environmental Systems Manager. He lives in Basalt with his wife and two kids.



Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler // The Equity Project, LLC.

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC – an organization designed to support organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. She is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado and the former Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver – the first African American woman to hold either of those positions. Dr. Mosby Tyler, a consultant accredited by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence, is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government and for-profit organizations. Dr. Mosby Tyler has had a strong academic presence in Colorado as a popular guest lecturer at The University of Denver, University of Colorado, Regis University and many other social, political and community organizations. Dr. Mosby-Tyler has a vast, 32-year background in human resources, diversity & inclusion, training and operations management. She has held leadership roles at AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, the McKesson Corporation and Statline. Dr. Mosby Tyler holds a doctorate in the field of Organizational Leadership, a Master degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.



Eric Kornacki // Re:Vision

Eric Kornacki is a food system visionary, community wealth building leader, and racial equity champion. He is a social entreprenuer. A committed to organizing power from the ground up, challenging the status quo, and creating a new economy where people and the planet matter more than profits. I am a husband, father, gardener, chef, brewer, builder and baker. Re:Vision’s mission is to work with people in economically marginalized neighborhoods to develop resident leaders, cultivate community food systems, and create an economy owned by the community.


Michelle Kobayashi // National Research Center

National Research Center Vice President Michelle Kobayashi has helped local governments maximize public opinion for more than twenty years. She is a thought-leader in the field of survey research and evaluation, and has written numerous books and articles on the subject. She travels the country to speak professionally and lead workshops about resident surveys, local government employee surveys, strategic planning and more.




Scott Wasserman // The Bell Policy Center

Scott has served as president of the Bell Policy Center and the Bell Action Network since August 2016. Scott leads a talented staff who plays a major role in fiscal reform, education policy, economic security, and other issues affecting Coloradans. Previously, Scott was deputy chief of staff to Gov. John Hickenlooper and chief of staff to both Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne. He worked in the governor’s office from 2013 to 2016, advising on health care, education, and workforce development. Before that, Scott spent eight years in leadership positions at SEIU and Colorado WINS. He also has worked as a lobbyist and served four years as director of communications and press secretary for the Colorado House Minority Office. Scott graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Middle East studies.


Colorado Brief Speakers


The 2019 IN THE GAME Dine Around Sessions will showcase exciting local Aspen restaurants, project concepts and informal discussion opportunities with industry leaders and innovators from across Colorado. These are informative and unique sessions that you will not want to miss!

Dine Around Sessions will take place Wednesday, April 10th and Thursday, April 11th during the IN THE GAME conference. Locations are TBD. Please scroll down to see descriptions on our Dine Around Sessions options. Sign ups will open soon!

Wednesday, April 10th | Dine Around Sessions

Activating Downtown Red Cliff - A Challenge Undertaken | Hunn Planning

Lunch with Hunn Planning and Consulting. When Red Cliff was selected as a DCI 2018 Challenge Program Community, they didn’t fully comprehend the benefits this program would afford them. Going through the program provided more benefit than any request for proposal had ever yielded due to the engagement of a diverse mix of consultants, public agencies, non-profits and peer communities.


Colorado Main Street Program | Department of Local Affairs

The Colorado Main Street Program offers support for community-led downtown revitalization. Main Street provides a customizable framework to focus efforts, energy, and resources to create a more vibrant community. By focusing on current community strengths and assets, the Colorado Main Street Program is a catalyst to move you forward, one step at a time.



Converting Brownfield Petroleum Sites to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations | Colorado Division of Oil and Safety

Communities across Colorado facing tough challenges with brownfield petroleum sites now have new resources and new ideas for converting to electric vehicle charging stations. Join us to find out how to take advantage of these resources and turn that challenge to an opportunity.



Financing Historic Preservation and working with the State Historical Fund | History Colorado

Grants, tax credits, and strong partnerships are building Preservation initiatives throughout Colorado. Join friends from the State Historical Fund as we look at the best strategies to finance your projects. Mike Rodman, History Colorado



Opportunity Zones and Colorado Real EstateBrownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck & OEDIT

A product of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs) are expected to be one of the biggest trends to impact real estate in 2019, but many developers are still trying to figure out how to take advantage of the tax benefits promised. Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOF) represent an opportunity for investors in those areas that have been designated as QOZs. Jana Persky, OEDIT, Erik Jensen, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck & Jesse Silverstein, Development Research Partners



Optimizing Outdoor Spaces | Great Outdoors Colorado

Since 1992, the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board has awarded $1.1 billion in funding, from Colorado Lottery proceeds, to more than 5,000 outdoor recreation and conservation projects in all 64 counties. GOCO’s competitive grant programs for nonprofit land trusts and local governments, including cities, towns, counties, and parks and recreation districts, have funded land acquisitions and helped build and improve community parks, trails, outdoor recreation amenities, and athletic facilities. These projects have obvious benefits, like expanding recreation access and improving health and wellness for community members, but they also have other impacts – like attracting new visitor groups and encouraging local economic development. Madison Brannigan, GOCO



Colorado Urban Renewal Dinner | Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck & Butler Snow

DCI's Annual Colorado Urban Renewal Dinner is sponsored by Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck and hosts all of our URA Members to discuss current projects, opportunities, and resources. We invite DCI URA Members to join DCI's URA Leadership for a fun and informative dinner. 

Thursday, April 11 | Dine Around Sessions


Branding and Strategic Storytelling | Ayres Associates

Discover a different approach to uncover and reveal the projects, people and places that make your downtown the hub of economic activity.


Carbondale/Roaring Fork School District: Art and Teacher Housing | Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

Housing the local workforce in a resort community is a monumental challenge that requires creative solutions. School district employees, artists and local workers are part of the fabric of the community and the key to retaining them is access to housing affordable to them. Learn from three experts who have created or are creating housing for local workers and creatives. Jeff Gatlin, Roaring Fork School District; Scott Gilbert, Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley;  Amy Kimberly, Carbondale Arts; Moderated by Karen Harkin, CHFA;


Engagement with Surveys Gathering Feedback from Hard-to-Reach Residents | National Research Center

The number one question local leaders ask before they embark on a community engagement campaign is this: How can we feel confident that the voices we hear truly represent our entire adult population? Leaders of diverse communities often worry about receiving participation from their less engaged demographics. When it comes to community surveys, whether collecting data by mail, phone or web, researchers these days have discovered that just about everyone is part of the “hard to reach” public. But the hardest to reach populations tend to be lower income residents, youth, undocumented residents, racial and ethnic minorities and folks whose first language is not English. These groups are often the most in need of local government services, so its important for their opinions to be included in engagement efforts and in survey results. Join National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) and your Colorado peers to identify hard-to-reach demographics within your own city or town; and discuss strategies to connect with them for a more inclusive community.


Loveland Artspace | City of Loveland

A Creative Housing Development: Artspace, the City of Loveland, and other community partners believe that creating space for a community of artists has been a catalyst for continued downtown development, bringing vibrancy and activity to the street, and increasing the number of individuals and families living and working downtown. Join this lunch to talk about the project, the partners, and the financing to make this happen.


Restoring Basalt’s Urban Riverfront to Catalyze Development | DHM Design

DHM Design is hosting this unique tour of Basalt’s newest developments along the Roaring Fork River. The group will take a private bus and a short walk to demonstrate how the river, once a barrier to connectivity in downtown Basalt, is now a strong link between the community, their natural resources and a vision for the future. You'll get a behind the scenes overview of a series of projects that realized the potential for vibrant contemporary town life intimately connected with a natural setting. The tour, highlighted with visits to the new Roaring Fork Conservancy headquarters and Rocky Mountain Institute grounds will travel along the restored Roaring Fork corridor where boardwalks and a trail network now provide for wetland protection, recreation and river access.


Sustaining Business with Cooperatives | Rocky Mountain Farmer's Union

The RMFU Educational and Charitable Foundation provides technical assistance and funding to rural and urban efforts to create marketing, processing, or service cooperatives focusing on local foods, renewable energy, and healthcare. RMFU partners with the USDA and other agencies to help producers start cooperatives and other business ventures. Bill Stevenson, Rocky Mountain Farmer's Union


What District is Right for Me? | Spencer Fane

DCI's primary function is to help communities consider districts and organizational structures to manage their place. Join this lunch to talk about your district needs and consider what district structure might be a good fit for you! 





Tuesday, April 9th | Tours

Grand Avenue Bridge: Multi-Jurisdictional Partners and Financing to Build a Bridge Bohannan Huston

Replacement of the Grand Avenue Bridge required multi-agency coordination, partnership agreements, civil discourse, issue resolution, and a comprehensive engagement and stakeholder communications plan. Learn how the project team pulled off an 85-day detour, reduced traffic by 25%, executed a regional plan to deal with unprecedent traffic impacts and managed impacts to the commercial and tourism hub of the city during this walking tour of the award-winning $125 million CDOT bridge replacement project. The tour will also feature an in-depth look at the physical challenges and the engineering feat now considered to be one of the most successful infrastructure projects in Western Colorado. Kathleen Wanatowicz and Jenn Ooten, PR Studio & Clark Anderson, Community Builders


Downtown Aspen History Tour | Aspen Historical Society

Enjoy a guided walking tour of historic buildings, sites, and stories around every corner in downtown Aspen. Aspen, unlike many other mining and ski towns in the west grew with a sense of permanence and stability. We weren’t the Wild, Wild West out here. Our permanence - our community - is what I feel makes Aspen – "Aspen!". On this tour, you will explore the architecture of Aspen and learn a bit about the people who helped build the foundation of this town. Nina Gabianelli, Aspen Historical Society



Wednesday, April 10th | Tours

Aspen Pedestrian Mall: Placemaking and Urban Space Activation | Design Workshop & PR Studio

315,000 bricks covering 144,214 square feet make up one of the most successful, iconic pedestrian malls to date. Located in Aspen’s historic downtown area, and being recognized last year by APA as one of the “Great Places in America”, people have the opportunity to slow down and enjoy some of Colorado’s most beautiful and natural landscape all while enjoying fine dining, music and art. During this tour we will focus on placemaking, the evolution of the space, and how it has kept active and attractive throughout decades. We will also talk about the latest design efforts lead by Design Workshop to remodel the pedestrian mall and the challenges this presents to maintain vitality in downtown Aspen. Richard Shaw & Darla Callaway, Design Workshop

Bauhaus-inspired Architectural and Landscape Tour | Aspen Institute

Landscape architect Ann Mullins will guide you through the Aspen Institute campus designed by renowned Bauhaus architect and artist, Herbert Bayer. He was commissioned by Walter Paepcke, the founder of the Aspen Institute, to transform 40 acres of farmland into a unified environment where the natural beauty and setting could nourish the mind, body, and spirit. The Bauhaus school taught that environment, culture, and community should not merely exist alongside each other, but, in the ideal setting, these aspects should be integrated and intertwined. We see this embodied on the Institute’s campus through hexagonal meeting rooms that emphasize equality, outdoor walkways connecting the residential complex with the seminar buildings, and playful earth mounds that invite community interaction.  Ann Mullins, Aspen Institute


Thursday, April 11th | Tours

Aspen Art Museum Tour | Aspen Art Museum

Participants will receive a brief introduction to the Aspen Art Museum, calling attention to the five main architectural features of the building, and an interactive tour of the exhibitions on view: Zombies: Pay Attention!, Gabriel Rico, Margaret Kilgallen: that’s where the beauty is., and Robert Montgomery: The City in Their Echo. Annie Henninger, Aspen Art Museum

Art, Architecture, and History Tour of the Bauhaus-inspired Aspen Meadows | Aspen Institute 

Contextualize your time in Aspen by learning about the history of the world-renowned Aspen Institute and some basic Aspen history by touring this Bauhaus-inspired campus designed by Herbert Bayer. You will visit the outdoor sculptures and earthworks and see the art exhibitions on view. This tour illuminates and inspires while providing an interesting twist on Aspen. Lissa Ballinger, Aspen Institute

Restoring Basalt’s Urban Riverfront to Catalyze Development | DHM Design

DHM Design is hosting this unique tour of Basalt’s newest developments along the Roaring Fork River. The group will take a private bus and a short walk to demonstrate how the river, once a barrier to connectivity in downtown Basalt, is now a strong link between the community, their natural resources and a vision for the future. You'll get a behind the scenes overview of a series of projects that realized the potential for vibrant contemporary town life intimately connected with a natural setting. The tour, highlighted with visits to the new Roaring Fork Conservancy headquarters and Rocky Mountain Institute grounds will travel along the restored Roaring Fork corridor where boardwalks and a trail network now provide for wetland protection, recreation and river access. Stephen Ellsperman & Jen DiCuollo, DHM Design



Downtown Aspen Historic Pub Crawl | Colorado Lending Source

Take a guided tour of Aspen’s historic haunts, where you’ll learn about the establishment’s history and hear local lore. The tour meets at the Red Onion, continues to Aspen Public House, Aspen Brewing Company at Aspen Tap, and finishes at the J-Bar in the Hotel Jerome. This tour includes a small drink at each stop. Nina Gabianelli & Michael Monroney, Aspen Historical Museum



Wheeler/Stallard Self-Guided Museum Tour | Aspen Historical Society

On display in the second-floor gallery of the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, Aspen Historical Society presents “Bayer & Bauhaus: How Design Shaped Aspen,” opening December 4th as part of Bauhaus 100: Aspen, a community-wide celebration of the centenary of the German art school “Bauhaus.” This new exhibit delves into the profound, but often unnoticed influence of Herbert Bayer’s work on Aspen, Colorado. Following his arrival in 1946, Bayer’s Bauhaus ethos and artistic vision began to shape the modern aesthetic and way of life in the Aspen community. He pioneered historic preservation in the area, designed a Bauhaus-inspired campus at the Aspen Institute, influenced local architecture, built innovative earthworks and helped guide the community’s cultural and philosophic values. Aspen Historical Society’s never-before-exhibited Bayer collection offers a unique view into his extensive works – both fine art and commercial – sharing a glimpse into Bayer’s lasting impact through preliminary sketch studies, original prints, architectural drawings, graphic design works, historical photographs, and more.



IN THE GAME Lodging Options

Hotel Aspen and Molly Gibson Hotels

In order to get the discounted rates, we require a two nights minimum stay. Guest must call the hotels directly, discounted rates are not available online. Potential guest should mention “Downtown Colorado” for the discounted rates.

Hotel Aspen: 970-925-3441

  • Deluxe King Room $130
  • Deluxe Two Queen $140 
  • Aspen Suites $155-$215


Molly Gibson: 970-925-3434

  • Courtyard Room $125
  • Molly King $130
  • Lodge Room $140
  • Deluxe $150


The Gant Hotel

To secure individual room reservations, attendees must call The Gant Group Reservations Department at 1-970-920-6063. Guest must identify themselves as member of Downtown Colorado Inc. Reservations must be made no later than March 9th, 2019 to qualify for the above ratesThe following guest rooms are being held at the following rates until March 9th 2019:

April 9-12th, 2019 IN THE GAME Rates

  • (10) 1 Bedroom Standard condos: $235.00/night *if need 2-bedroom condo will offer at the same rate

After March 9th, we will offer group rate for extensions on a space available basis.


Aspen Square

The Downtown Colorado Inc. group number is #54639, and the rates are already on the group reservation. Guests will receive the rate for the room type they request. Guests can either call 800-862-7736 or email reservations@aspensquarehotel.com

April 9-12th, 2019 IN THE GAME Rates

  • Fireplace Studios @ $239 per night (500 sq.ft. with full kitchen, private balcony, king or twin beds + sleeper sofa; sleeps 2)
  • One-bedrooms @ $279 per night (700 sq. ft with separate king bedroom, full kitchen, living room, sleeper sofa, private balcony; sleeps 2)
  • Two-bedrooms @ $369 per night (1000 sq.ft. with full kitchen, living room, king in master, king or twins in second, two full baths + sleeper sofa, balcony in living room; sleeps 4)

Frias Properties of Aspen – Independence Square Hotel

Frias Properties offers an array of lodging ranging from economy to luxury, 1-bedroom to 4-bedroom condos as well as hotel rooms at the centrally located Iconic Independence Square. Guests should reference “Downtown Colorado Conference” or reference #80008 and contact our Reservation Department via phone at 970-920-2010 / 800-633-0336 or Reservations@FriasProperties.com.

April 9-12th, 2019 IN THE GAME Rates

  • Discounted rates available starting at $200/night

Thank You to our IN THE GAME Sponsors!


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