Ridgway Creative District and Main Street Program

 

Ridgway’s downtown is one of the few in Colorado to be both a state-certified Creative District and a Graduate Main Street Community. Both programs are managed by the Town's Community Initiatives Facilitator under the Community Development department.

 

WHAT IS THE RIDGWAY CREATIVE DISTRICT?

The Ridgway Creative District (RCD) is an initiative of the Town to spur innovation and economic development while building community and supporting creativity and creative entrepreneurship.  Ridgway has been certified as a creative district by Colorado Creative Industries, a department of the State Office of Economic Development and International Trade since 2013.

The Ridgway Creative District is also a defined physical location (downtown Ridgway, including River Park Light Industrial) and the people, businesses, and organizations within and around it who are doing something creative with their hands and/or their minds.

In pervious years, the RCD had a team of citizen volunteers called the Creative Advocacy Team (the C.A.T.). CAT meeting records available below. 

WHAT IS THE RIDGWAY MAIN STREET PROGRAM?

Ridgway has earned graduate-level status as part of the Colorado Main Street Program through the Department of Local Affairs. Although Ridgway does not actually have a street called "Main Street" the program is geographically focused on the downtown Ridgway commercial and creative district.

Colorado Main Street Program helps communities build local capacity toward downtown revitalization. Each local program sets a vision for its community and consistently works toward achieving that vision. Colorado Main Street staff provides technical assistance, training, and small financial grants to help communities work toward these prerequisites and requirements.

The Main Street Program also requires engagement of a steering committee of volunteers and/or staff who have reviewed the Main Street Approach.

 

HOW DO THESE TWO PROGRAMS WORK TOGETHER?

In May 2021, the Ridgway Creative Advocacy Team merged the citizen engagement efforts of the RCD and Ridgway Main Street Program into one volunteer committee now called Ridgway Fuse, A Colorado Creative Main Street program.

Visit Ridgway Fuse

 

Ridgway Creative Main Street Group Meetings

Agendas and Minutes

2022 Agenda and Minutes
August 2022 Agenda  
July 2022 Agenda Notes
June 2022 Agenda Notes
May 2022 Agenda Notes
April 2022 Agenda Notes
March 2022 Agenda Notes
February 2022 Agenda Notes
January 18, 2022 Agenda  
2021 Agenda and Minutes
October 19, 2021 Agenda Minutes
September 21, 2021 Agenda Minutes
August 24, 2021 Agenda Minutes
July 6, 2021 Agenda Minutes
June 8, 2021 Agenda Minutes
May 18, 2021 Agenda Minutes
May 11, 2021 Agenda Minutes

 

 

 

RCD CREATIVE ADVOCACY TEAM (C.A.T.) MEETINGS

AGENDAS and MINUTES

2021 Agendas and Minutes
March 16, 2021 Agenda Minutes
March 2, 2021 (Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes
February 16, 2021 Agenda Minutes
January 19, 2021 Agenda Minutes

 

2020 Agendas and Minutes
December 15, 2020 Agenda Minutes
November 17, 2020 Agenda Minutes
October 6, 2020 (retreat) Notice Minutes
September 15, 2020 Agenda Minutes
August 18, 2020 Agenda Minutes
July 28, 2020 Agenda Minutes
June 16, 2020 Agenda Minutes
May 19, 2020 Agenda Minutes
April 21, 2020 Agenda Minutes
March 17, 2020 Agenda Minutes
February 18, 2020 Agenda Minutes
January 21, 2020 Agenda Minutes
January 7, 2020 - Special Meeting Agenda Minutes
2019 Agendas and Minutes
December 17, 2019 - Cancellation Notice  
November 19 - Special Meeting (Retreat) Notice Minutes
October 15, 2019 Agenda Minutes
September 17, 2019 Agenda Minutes
August 20, 2019 Agenda Minutes
July 16, 2019 Agenda Minutes
June 25, 2019 Agenda Minutes
May 21, 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 16, 2019 Agenda Minutes
March 19, 2019 Agenda Minutes
February 19, 2019 Agenda Minutes
January 22, 2019 Agenda Minutes
January 4, 2019 - Special Meeting Notice Minutes