Join us for a day of interactive workshops, tours and fun in Colorado’s beautiful North Fork Valley and the Town of Paonia. Experience first hand how community engagement, regional partnerships and creative industries are forming a vibrant local economy and enjoy Paonia's historic downtown, local farms and wineries.
This Downtown Institute will focus on three aspects of community development critical to the success of rural communities: organizational structures and resources, character and authenticity in the community brand, and business retention and attraction for downtown. Speakers will focus on best practices in these areas, and on creating action steps and strategies for improvement in your community. Learn about important resources, network with public and private sector leaders from the region and across the state, and gain inspiration for your community."
Join the DCI group in downtown Paonia for a free concert by famed bluegrass fiddle player Tim O'Brien as part of Paonia's Pickin' in the Park. And consider staying for the weekend and enjoy a winemaker dinner in Colorado's wine country during the West Elk Wine Trail August 5-8 and enjoy a concert featuring pianist Max Levinson and the San Juan String Players playing works by Tchaikovsky and others at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts on August 6.
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.
8:00 AM Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:30-11:30 AM Finding Your Downtown Alchemy: Balancing Resources to Shape Downtown Success & Character Authenticity and Visitor Attraction
11:30 - 1:00 PM Lunch at Local Restaurants
1:00-4:00 PM Entrepreneurs and Understanding Local Markets
Lodging Information: See the Chamber Lodging Page for a list of lodging options in Paonia and the North Fork Valley.What to do in and Around North Fork Valley: Check out Solar International's excellent vacation activities guide to the North Fork Vally and beyond.