Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado is beginning its public engagement process by holding informational meetings throughout Southeastern Colorado. As part of the Feasibility Study, public meetings are designed to give the public information about the National Heritage Area program — what it is and what it is not.

Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado is beginning its public engagement process by holding informational meetings throughout Southeastern Colorado. As part of the Feasibility Study, public meetings are designed to give the public information about the National Heritage Area program — what it is and what it is not. A feasibility study must answer several questions before an area can be considered for designation as a National Heritage Area. Based on input gathered in the community meetings, the study team will draft responses to the required questions about the regional story. There must be a compelling story based on an area’s heritage assets.

The public is being invited to a community conversation to discuss the facts and myths associated with the feasibility study and National Heritage Area. Canyons & Plains has set the following schedule of meetings throughout the region.

Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. – The Idea Place, 408 N. Main St. Rocky Ford

Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. – Casa Del Sol, Aspen Room, 1002 Casa Del Sol Drive, La Junta

Thursday March 20, 6:30 p.m. – Rawlings Heritage Center & Museum Library, 560 Bent Ave., Las Animas

Tuesday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. – Town of Holly Board Chambers at the Town Hall, Holly

Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m – Wiley Rock School House, 603 Main Street, Wiley

Wednesday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. – Industrial Park Building north of Springfield

Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. – Senior Center, Kim

Thursday, April 3, 10:30 a.m. – The Ordway Business Center, Ordway

Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. – Cobblestone Hotel, Eads

Canyons & Plains (formerly known as the Southeast Colorado Regional Heritage Task Force) is a heritage tourism development organization. Formed in 2003, C&P serves seven counties — Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Prowers and eastern Las Animas. The nonprofit group promotes visitation to and stewardship of the unique historical, natural and cultural assets of southeastern Colorado among resident, state, national and international audiences. Since its formation, C&P has garnered over $1 million in funding for projects in the area.

For more information, call Rick Manzanares, (719) 688-4602.