ASC Community Partnerships and San Luis Valley Museum bring Regional Flavor to light

(12-17-2008)

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Karl Jolliff, Dorothy Brandt and June Holley

Throughout the first week of December, Karl Jolliff of Adams State College Community Partnerships, and John and Dorothy Brandt of the San Luis Valley Museum participated in the Association for Enterprise Opportunity's Regional Flavor gathering, held in Charleston, South Carolina.

Regional Flavor is a project dedicated to bringing the distinctive traits of small, rural regions to light, typically with a small business focus. Gatherings are held several times a year with representatives from selected regions, who then discuss matters related to the local economic climate and the unique traits of their region. The San Luis Valley is one of only six regions selected to take part in that project, and is represented by ASC Community Partnerships, as well as a number of community partners, organizations around the San Luis Valley that have interest in enhancing and supporting the distinct culture of the SLV.

At this event, which brought together business support professionals from various places around the country, best practices were shared. Attendees were then educated on the advantages of growing local small businesses, using social networking tools to get one's message out, and what types of programs see success in other small areas. The group discussed matters relating to rural policy and operating small, rural organizations, and was shown around the local businesses of Charleston.

ASC Community Partnerships and the SLV Museum promoted the San Luis Valley to this national audience during the event, while taking away best practices from similar organizations.