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CML Newsletter
April 26, 2019

Colorado’s rural communities are invited to apply for Rural Technical Assistance Program (RTAP) awards, which offer a range of technical initiatives to support economic growth. 

Housed in the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), RTAP leverages state partnerships and specialized resources to address the economic development goals of rural Colorado. Originally launched in 2015 as Blueprint 2.0, RTAP has been refocused to meet the evolving economic development needs of Colorado communities. 

The following seven initiatives will be offered in 2019: Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism: CRAFT Studio 201, Grow Your Outdoor Recreation Industry, Coworking 101, Certified Small Business Community, Film Festival Initiative, Creativity Lab of Colorado, and Community Placemaking. 

Communities interested in RTAP are encouraged to learn more and apply online. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate collaboration, strong local leadership, and solid support for the initiative they chose to pursue. RTAP applications are due on June 30, and winning communities will be announced in July. Questions about the program or application process should be directed to Danielle Lendriet at 303-929-1042 or


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