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With the Rocky Mountains as such a popular vacation destination, short-term rentals have been a part of Colorado for a long time. Stress on the housing supply may be making it difficult for lower-income individuals and families to find housing in mountain communities. Short-term rentals being so readily available increases the demand for housing with an already limited supply.…
As the first state to adopt legal recreational marijuana, Colorado has served as the proverbial canary in the coal mine for this process. From January 2014 through February 2020, approximately $2.1 billion dollars of recreational marijuana revenue was taken in by dispensaries in Denver County. We estimate that approximately 2% of the observed growth in the mean value of Denver County single-family homes in the above period is associated with legalized recreational marijuana revenue generated in that time.…
Colorado has invested substantially in voluntary adoption of conservation easements. One of the state’s principal efforts, the Conservation Easement Tax Credit program, includes about 2.3 million acres (3.4%) of Colorado’s lands. More than one third of private lands enrolled in the program are grasslands, with more than one-quarter in shrub or scrub land, about 14% in evergreen forest and 9% in deciduous forest ecosystems.…
Approximately 98% of Coloradans surveyed agreed that Colorado’s food and ag industry is important to the state’s future economic development. Over 75% feel that it is very or somewhat important that farm/ranch labor is treated fairly in terms of pay and working conditions when making food purchasing decisions.…

Purpose

REDI is an engaged research enterprise that aims to understand, analyze, and inform economic development strategies particularly in struggling regions in both rural and urban areas, especially in Colorado. The dual focus on rural and urban areas leverages the neglected symmetries and synergies between traditionally disparate geographies highlighted by more than two decades of REDI scholar research. These overlaps may be the key to unlocking untapped potential for economically-marginalized populations in both the city and countryside, such as past work identifying food deserts in inner-city Denver to uncovering new links between San Luis Valley agriculture and the urban brewing industries.

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  • Engaged scholarship and applied research publications such as REDI reports and data dashboards

  • EDUCATE
  • Technical assistance, facilitation, and educational outreach such as webinars, media interviews, telling your story with data and undergraduate and graduate student  mentorship

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  • Communication and connections with diverse partners and stakeholders which reflect the CSU principles of community.

Engaged scholarship and applied research publications such as REDI reports and data dashboards

Technical assistance, facilitation, and educational outreach such as webinars, media interviews, telling your story with data and undergraduate and graduate student  mentorship

Communication and connections with diverse partners and stakeholders which reflect the CSU principles of community.

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