What is the UTA Program?
The University Technical Assistance (UTA) program provides rural communities with assistance on projects that enhance places and spaces. A decades-long partnership between the Colorado Department of Local Affairs(DOLA) and the Colorado Center for Community Development (CCCD), the UTA program engages higher education students in real-world projects that benefit rural communities. Students complete preliminary plans and designs that can be used to inform and engage community members in the project and to apply for grants from DOLA and other funders. This saves the community money in preliminary design and community engagement and provides students with valuable experience.
How does it work?
Thanks to our partnership with DOLA, CCCD has three UTA Technical Assistance Coordinators and a team of students to work with communities on projects that have the approval of DOLA regional managers. Depending on financial need, DOLA will pay for a portion of the project cost. In collaboration with the community partner, a scope of work, timeline and budget is created and approved. Led by a UTA Technical Assistance Coordinator, students make an initial site visit to meet community members, learn about the community and begin the project. Community engagement is a critical aspect of the planning and design process as it informs students on the wants and needs of the community.
What we do
Since 1967, CCCD has worked in partnership with communities and neighborhoods to complete over 2000 projects around Colorado. Projects range in size and scope, but have the common goal of improving the community as a place to live, work and play.
- Park Master Plan
- Volunteer Fire Station
- County Fairgrounds Master Plan
- Downtown Revitalization Master Plan
- Wayfinding Signage
- Update Land Use Codes
- Schoolyard Designs
- Bike and Hiking Trails Plans
- Tourism Plans