At the Denver Forum Speaker’s series luncheon this Wednesday, August 14 Governor Hickenlooper announced that Salida has been chosen as the site of the 2014 Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) Summit. The 3rd Annual Summit brings together over 300 artist-entrepreneurs, owners of creative businesses, non-profit and municipal cultural workers and emerging creatives to encourage creative engagement and further economic progress through the synergies of professional development, networking and community building; it will be held May 1-2, 2014. CCI is a division of the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). The creative economy in Colorado accounts for 186,000 jobs.
During his talk in front of a crowd of approximately 120 at the SteamPlant Event Center, Hickenlooper spoke about Salida as a model for similar sized mountain communities due to its revitalization efforts and strengthening of the downtown and overall economy. He also addressed the reasoning behind some of the decisions he made during this year’s legislative session, including his decision to order an indefinite stay of execution for the man convicted of the 1993 Chuck E. Cheese murders and his approval of the legislation that requires universal background checks for all gun purchases. After he spoke, he answered questions from the audience.