(Excerpted from The Chronicle News, article by reporter Steve Block)
Local community activist Geoff Peterson recently served as marketing coordinator for the Space to Create Marketing Survey process and has every right to be proud of the results. As the first in the state and nation, Trinidad has been in the spotlight and under quite a bit of pressure to prove that the state planners of this new economic initiative chose wisely. Guided by the experts at Artspace of Minnesota, a company that has overseen the development of over thirty-four artist live/work spaces in larger cities throughout the nation, Trinidad had to prove that a small, remote, rural community could generate big city-equivalent interest from potential creative space tenants. Competing with two holidays and a blizzard or two, the Trinidad community contacted far more people to take the Marketing Survey than was expected or anticipated. Not only are we ready for this type of investment in our town, but we’ve gathered support for a project as large as similar projects in major cities. The next year will be truly exciting as plans for the new live/work and community center are developed and put into action. Actual survey results cannot be published until results are verified, but as Peterson proudly shares, “suffice it to say that we rocked this survey. Artspace Survey manager said that we ‘blew the big cities out of the water.’ I’m not sure what idiom goes bigger than that, but we did it! Final survey numbers will be published mid-March… We had a very aggressive goal and we exceeded that goal.” The local Space to Create planners thank everyone who was involved in the survey effort for their enthusiasm and support. Thanks also to the statewide partners Colorado Creative Industries, Boettcher Foundation, History Colorado, and the Department of Local Affairs and to the consultants from Artspace.