Kate Nowak: We won the lottery

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Yampa Valley Data Partners would like to give an enormous thank you to Yampa Valley Design Guild and the Steamboat Design Campers group. This summer, our organization was selected from a RFP process to be the nonprofit project the Steamboat Design Campers would focus on. We feel like we won the lottery. Nine bright, young, creative campers from all across the country convened in Steamboat Springs one August weekend to work on creating a new logo, design and brand for Yampa Valley Data Partners. As a nonprofit organization, it sometimes is hard to make branding and marketing a priority in a tight budget. Most of our funds go to our products and services we provide for the community.

The campers came from various places across the country such as Maryland, Kansas, Alaska, Denver and our very own Steamboat Springs. We gave them a long list of projects, expecting only two or three would be accomplished. Much to our amazement, all projects were completed, including business cards, stationery, door signs, banners and redesigning our key products such as FastFacts, our Quarterly Economic Forecast Newsletter and the Community Indicators Project. The design campers provided us with roughly $30,000 of design work for free. The campers were a complete joy to work with on this project.

If it were not for the Yampa Valley Design Guild, we would not have had this wonderful opportunity. We invite the public to check out our new brand at www.yampavalleydatapartners.com or seek out our monthly and quarterly products. The mission of the Yampa Valley Design Guild is to bring together professional graphic designers for the purpose of community contributions, member education, ethical practices and to create a support group in which they can exchange ideas and inspire creativity. On behalf of the Yampa Valley Data Partners board of directors, we sincerely and gratefully appreciate and thank the Yampa Valley Design Guild for elevating our organization to the upmost professional market and brand profile.

Kate Nowak

Executive director, Yampa Valley Data Partners

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