THE STAKEHOLDER PROCESS to becoming CERTIFIED
Local First, the City of Durango, and key community leaders are teaming up to establish a Creative District in Durango through the “D.I.Y. Call Yourself Creative” stakeholder process. The first step is an interactive stakeholder process to ensure that a diversity of stakeholders are engaged and a variety of options are considered for what a Creative District would look like in Durango.
Ultimately, Creative District Certification is approved by Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) who then provides seed money, technical resources, and marketing tools to assist in making the Creative District a success. A Durango Creative District will place Durango on the map along with its neighboring creative districts in Mancos, Telluride, and Ridgeway, establishing a Creative Corridor that increases regional tourism and marketing opportunities while supporting the Creative Artisan Economy.
TIMELINE FOR ESTABLISHMENT
STAGE 1: ALIGN
December 2018-April 2019
OBJECTIVE: Convene creatives, small business owners, policy-makers, leaders of cultural agencies and community members as stakeholders.
WORKING GROUPS: Shared Vision Group, Creative Assets and Geographic Inclusion Group, Branding Group
STAGE 2: CONNECT
April 2019-June 2019
OBJECTIVE: Develop a compelling shared vision and narrative for the community. Determine the community’s values and what you want to change or bring in with a Creative District.
WORKING GROUPS: Shared Vision Group, Creative Assets and Geographic Inclusion Group, Branding Group, Legal Structure Group
STAGE 3: ACTIVATE
June 2019-September 2019
OBJECTIVE: Determine the best legal structure for the Creative District, develop a list of current vs. desired programs/assets, and develop a strategic plan that includes funding sources.
WORKING GROUPS: Strategic Plan Group, Leadership Group, Legal Structure Group, Funding & Loan Group
STAGE 4: SUBMIT
OBJECTIVE: Become an established and fully operational entity. Submit recap of our stakeholder process and final deliverables to Colorado Creative Industries and await invitation to become certified.
FINAL DELIVERABLES: A 3-5 strategic plan that creates a common vision and mission for the community, a geographic boundary and list of assets, development and fundraising models, a legal structure, a public involvement plan, a developed brand, and a letter of intent