November 2012                                                          

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  The City of Victor's DREAM program provides an incentive for local businesses to improve their facades, earning them a 2012 Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence in the Best Facade Program category.
Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) is pleased to announce the 2012 winners of the Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence. Since 2003, the Governor's Awards has recognized outstanding projects and people that reflect an attitude of perseverance and dedication to community revitalization in Colorado. Five of the winners in 2012 are Colorado Main Street Communities: 
  • Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation: City Star Barn, Berthoud  
  • Best Downtown Management Program (population under 5,000): 'Cliffs Commercial District, Silver Cliff/Westcliffe
  • Best Downtown Management Program (population over 5,000)Downtown Greeley Investment Strategy, Greeley 
  • Best Fašade ProgramVictor DREAM Fašade Improvement Project, Victor  
  • Best New Construction or Infill DevelopmentCentral City Streetscape Project 2011, Central City
  • Best Promotional EventUSA Pro Cycling Challenge (Stage 6), Golden 
  • Best Public Space Project: Downtown Bus Shelters and Interpretive Project, Steamboat Springs
  • Colorful Colorado Award: Rebuilding of Gambles Store, Granby
  • Creative Community Award: Durango Discovery Museum, Durango
  • Downtowner of the Year: Gary Wink, Golden  
For more information, visit the DCI website. 

Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S. 24-30-1301 to 1307) require all new facilities, additions, and renovation projects funded with 25% or more of state funds to conform with the High Performance Certification Program (HPCP) policy adopted by the Office of the State Architect (OSA) if: 

  • The new facility, addition, or renovation project contains 5,000 or more building square feet; and
  • The project includes an HVAC system; and
  • In the case of a renovation project, the cost of the renovation exceeds 25% of the current value of the property.
  • Project has NOT entered the design phase prior to January 1, 2008.

The HPCP requires projects achieve the highest possible LEED certification with the goal being LEED Gold.  Projects funded through DOLA are required to participate in the OSA's registration and tracking process.  Forms must be submitted to DOLA.  Please contact your regional manager with any questions or visit DOLA's HPCP page on their website.  For more information on the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund, or to apply for a grant, click HERE.



I am leaving DOLA to work for Clarion Associates as a planning associate in their Denver office. I have been working for DOLA since October 2010 providing technical assistance and training to staff, elected and appointed officials, and others on land use planning matters throughout Colorado.  My last day with DOLA-CDO will be November 9th.  Please contact Andy Hill with any questions following that date.  


It was an honor to work for my home state of Colorado.  This position provided me with opportunities to work directly with communities all over the state, strengthen my understanding of small-town Colorado, and work with a terrific team of individuals at DOLA.  I'll truly miss the job, yet look forward to continuing my career as a land use planner in Colorado. 


Tareq Wafaie, AICP 


Upcoming Events 

For more upcoming events information, please visit our partners' calendars:


APA Colorado upcoming events page

CBF events calendar

CCI calendar

CML event calendar 

DCI community calendar


For more opportunities, please visit:

APA Colorado's jobs page

Planetizen's jobs page

CML's CareerLink


Want to include a job opportunity or RFP in our next listserv?  Email Andy Hill


News, Funding, and Other Announcements 
About the Community Development Office (CDO)
Our Smart Growth and Main Street team is made up of community development specialists with expertise in land use and economic development.  We are always available to assist Colorado local governments with related issues.

Marc Cittone, AICP, Main Street Specialist
Andy Hill, CDO Program Manager
Stephanie Troller, Main Street Coordinator

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