About the EVRC
The Estes Valley Resiliency Collaborative (EVRC) is a team of public, private and nonprofit partners who have been working on economic resiliency and overall community health. Originally formed in response to the COVID pandemic, the EVRC is focused on sharing resources with each other and the community, and on strategizing specific, actionable ways to support efforts locally related to economic, social, and environmental resiliency.
This collective of organizations and individuals has worked to produce or support a number of initiatives to help the Estes Valley weather the unknown and likely lasting impacts of the pandemic today, while also laying the groundwork for a more sustainable and connected community for years to come.
- EVRC Partner Articles
Feb. 18, 2021 Chamber and Estes Valley Resiliency collaborate to help Estes weather the storm Feb. 3, 2021 Food delivery service comes to Estes Jan. 27, 2021 Access COVID-19 recovery resources on visitestespark.com
- Business Winterization Grants
The Town of Estes Park, with its partners on the Estes Valley Resiliency Collaborative, helped 25 businesses winterize their outdoor spaces with funding from CDOT's Revitalizing Main Street program. $50,000 in equipment and/or materials will encourage continued and expanded use of outdoor spaces during the current pandemic restrictions. Recipients are listed below.
- Rock Cut Brewing Company
- Peppers Mexican Grill
- Mystic Mountain Gallery & Gifts
- Bird & Jim
- Estes Park Brewery
- SEASONED ~ An American Bistro
- Mountain Home Café Restaurant
- Inkwell & Brew
- Macdonald Book Shop
- Himalayan Curry & Kebob
- Wild Rose Restaurant
- Avant Garde Aleworks
- American Legion Post 119
- The Twin Owls Steakhouse
- You Need Pie Diner
- EP Big Horn Restaurant Inc
- Coffee On the Rocks
- Sunny Acre Corp DBA The Egg of Estes
- Snowy Peaks Winery
- La Cabana Mexican Bar and Gill
- Notchtop Cafe
- Chipper's Lanes
- Elkins Distilling Co.
- Claire's Restaurant & Bar
- EVRC Partners
The EVRC is a collective of volunteers who care deeply about the economic and social vitality of the Estes Valley. The group is administered by the Town using existing staff resources. EVRC partners include:
- Estes Area Lodging Association
- Estes Chamber of Commerce
- Estes Park Economic Development Corporation
- Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center
- Estes Park Housing Authority
- Estes Park Police Department
- Estes Park School District
- Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) Family Resource Center
- Estes Valley Public Library
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Salud Family Health Center
- Town of Estes Park
- Visit Estes Park
- YMCA of the Rockies
In addition to the EVRC partners listed above, the following organizations have contributed staff time and/or resources to EVRC initiatives:
- EVRC Initiatives
Since late March, EVRC partners have led and/or supported a number of recovery and resiliency initiatives, including:
- Produced the “Welcome Back” campaign, focused on wearing masks, maintaining distance, and washing hands. Design support was provided by Visit Estes Park.
- Created the COVID-19 Business Recovery Resource page (hosted by Visit Estes Park).
- Developed the Estes Valley Safe & Strong Resiliency Plan (led by the Estes Park EDC, Estes Chamber and Visit Estes Park).
- Initiated and promoted the Business Mentor Program (managed by the Estes Park EDC).
- Supported the Town's "Embrace the Views" outdoor business expansion program to promote outdoor gathering and distancing
- Co-hosted two virtual Town Halls with the Estes Park EDC, the first focused on local businesses and the second on broader community impacts.
- Co-hosted webinars open to the public on civility and emotional intelligence with the Estes Chamber.
- Coordinated and supported a number of alternative 4th of July activities that promoted a festive atmosphere and socially-distant offerings.
Current EVRC offerings and programs include:
- Warrior Xpress partnership -- more information coming soon!
- Participation in and support of the "Keep NoCo Open" campaign, a regional effort to promote seven key public health messages across Larimer County.
- Fall/Winter Business Support task force focused on identifying ways to extend the guest/visitor season into the winter months (led by the Estes Park EDC).
- Coordination of Tactical Communications & De-Escalation virtual training offerings.
- Creation of a "Safe Spaces" Sticker Campaign to encourage local business and community members to be actively inclusive and welcoming to all (led by the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center and Estes Valley Crisis Advocates).
- Discussions about how to keep/honor community events and traditions (e.g., Elk Fest, Halloween, Catch the Glow) in a way that also protects public health.
- Working with the Larimer County Recovery Collaborative to identify unmet needs, gaps in services and/or funding opportunities specific to Estes Valley residents and businesses.
- Producing the Everyday Estes podcast focusing on the community of Estes Park. Watch for new podcasts at www.facebook.com/everydayestes.
EVRC partners also participate in a number of regional recovery groups including the Larimer County Recovery Collaborative, Larimer County Business Communication Group, NoCo Strong for Business, and Dept. of Local Affair’s COVID-19 Peer Roundtable.
Resources for Residents
- Vaccine information
- Local Testing
- Childcare and School-Aged Care Options
- Community Events
- Mental and Emotional Health Resources
- Larimer County COVID-19 Dashboard
Resources for Businesses
- Small Business Relief Funding
- Grant and Funding Opportunities - Updated January, 2021
- Estes Valley Safe & Strong Resiliency Plan
- Larimer County Guidelines
- State of Colorado COVID-19 Requirements
- Elk Face Covering Campaign Resources (English)
- Elk Face Covering Campaign Resources (Spanish)
- Keep NoCo Open Campaign Resources (English & Spanish)
- COVID-19 Resource Center for Businesses, Nonprofits, Workers and Families
We Want to Hear From You
If you have questions or issues that the EVRC needs to be aware of (unmet needs) and/or want to get involved, please contact EVRC Administrator Jason Damweber at firstname.lastname@example.org.