Community Development Action Plans updated


By Laura Lewis

Special to The SUN

The Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado (Region 9) has updated the Community Development Action Plans (CDAPs) for each of the five counties: Archuleta, La Plata, Dolores, San Juan and Montezuma.

This CDAP document is a list of projects to be started or completed within the next two years, and also identifies projects that fit the local, regional and state Blueprint economic development priorities.  The CDAPs are the fourth and final component of the Southwest Colorado Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

Initial drafts of the CDAPs were developed through review of the previous project lists, interviews with key community stakeholders, and those working on or planning community projects.  The CDAPs were presented at various community and public meetings, and distributed for public comment.  The final drafts were presented and approved by each county’s board of commissioners.

The CDAPs are useful tools for organizations working with communities, and have evolved into being the central source for listing the full range of projects that are in process, or are desired. The CDAPs are used as the official community plan required for eligibility for many federal and state funding sources.

The CDAPs can be viewed on Region 9’s website, or to get a copy on CD, stop by Region 9’s offices at 295 A Girard St., Durango.