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Hayden Town Council to consider creative district funding

— Tammie Delaney said Hayden's historic downtown, with its woodworkers, framers, saddle makers and other artistic vendors, has the right ingredients to become a thriving creative district. It just needs a little boost to bring it all together.

"If you look at Walnut Street, you see not a lot is going on right now, but it's one of the few business districts that is relatively unchanged from 100 years ago, and we have a unique opportunity there," said Delaney, secretary of Hayden's Economic Development Commission. "We just need an infusion of energy and investment to bring it to the future."

She's hoping that infusion starts with a $2,000 grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade that would help Hayden create such a district to attract more businesses.

"I think a grant like this would assist our community in attracting creative entrepreneurship," Delaney said. "It could be leveraged for other partnerships and funding mechanisms."

Delaney will discuss the grant application with the Hayden Town Council when it meets Thursday night. The council is expected to vote on whether to endorse the creation of a creative district if the grant is secured in March.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs also has applied for the grant funding for a creative district.

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"I have no idea if Hayden even has a chance (to receive the grant) because we are so small, but we have a lot of potential," Delaney said.

She said a creative district in Hayden would cover its existing historic district and also would include the Babson Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center, the Granary and the Hayden Heritage Center.

Also Thursday night, the Town Council will vote on a number of agenda items remaining from a meeting two weeks ago when there was not a quorum of council members. Agenda items include a motion to increase the town attorney's hourly rate from $140 per hour to $175 per hour; the appointment of council members to various commissions and boards; and a motion to purchase a new wrestling mat for a Parks and Recreation Department wrestling program.

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