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Back in 2021 the Colorado Rural Resiliency and Recovery Roadmaps program (“Roadmaps Program”) was created and Region 10 and Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado partnered together to receive the technical assistance for our regional team of rural communities to help drive economic recovery, diversification and long-term resilience.

Over the past almost 2 years, the regional team, with the help of consultants from BDO and ISET International, has met to look at the impacts and challenges resulting from growth and change in visitor use of the region’s public lands. This collaboration team consists of representatives from; Ouray County Government, San Miguel County Colorado Government, Hinsdale County, Colorado, Town of Lake City, Colorado, Dolores County, CO, San Juan County Colorado, City of Ouray – Government, Town of Ridgway, Colo., Town of Telluride CO – Government, Town of Mountain Village, Town of Silverton, CO, Town of Rico, Region 10 LEAP, Inc., Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, Dolores County Development Corporation, San Juan Development Association, Lake City DIRT, Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways, Bureau of Land Managment, U.S. Forest Service-Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests, San Juan Mountains Association, Mountain Studies Institute, ORRCA

Regional collaborations aren’t new, the scope of this one is; this is a place where the high alpine municipalities and counties have come together to speak with one voice as they engage public land managers through a forward-looking resilience lens. The objective of this Roadmap is to preserve healthy public lands that sustain ecosystem services, a healthy economy, and human health and safety across Central San Juans High Alpine jurisdictions in Colorado through sustained collaboration with federal land agencies, recognizing that this is foundational to the resilience and
economic health of the region.

Trish Thibodo

Meet Trish Thibodo

Community Development Director

From city dweller to rural advocate, Trish has a breadth of experience that has landed her at the forefront of community development. For 30 years she has been working with local nonprofits and state government in developing and sustaining vibrant communities across the U.S. Recognized statewide for her insights and strategies that helped Delta County mitigate the negative economic impact of local coal mine closures, the State of Colorado tapped Trish to oversee two of the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) statewide rural programs.

In 2019, Trish joined Region 10 as its Community Development Director and now spearheads teams to identify local challenges and implement projects to create solutions in the six-county area, including Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray, and San Miguel counties. Trish holds a Masters of Arts degree from Northern Colorado University in Greeley.