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"As a small community, it is great to have an on call resource with experience and an understanding of what smaller rural communities need. DCI provides relevant educational content, clear and easy to implement action plans, and is responsive to our needs for just talking through our next steps.” —Melody Christensen, Brush Chamber “Main Street”
1. What other small communities are DI members and how have they benefited?
Over forty communities under 20,000 are currently DCI members. Here are a few case studies of the amazing things accomplished through DCI in these communities.
2. Will joining DCI be a worthwhile investment for a community with a limited budget?
Becoming a member of DCI has proven to be an extremely valuable investment for small communities in Colorado. Every dollar invested in DCI services has been shown to generate $7 in new services. DCI can help catalyze new development, develop strong organizational structures, improve partnerships and improve business retention and recruitment.
3. How much time will be required for me to take advantage of DCI membership?
It depends! If you are interested in educational events, but are unable to travel, DCI offers webinars and the ability to call in to our educational events. If you would like to embark on a long term approach to downtown revitalization, we are able to build an action plan to guide your approach. DCI has helped over 60 communities through our Technical Assistance program. If you are short on time and require additional staffing, contact Jamie Shapiro, Rural Outreach Specialist, to learn how to take advantage of DCI’s AmeriCorps VISTA team.