Downtown Longmont Community Ventures

Mission: To promote Downtown vibrancy through arts, culture and economic development.

History: In 2011, the Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) worked with the community to create and adopt the Longmont Arts & Entertainment District Strategic Action Plan. Hundreds of downtown volunteers, business owners, artists and organizations have been working to implement the plan ever since.

Why Downtown Longmont Community Ventures (DLCV)?: Part of the implementation strategy was to diversify and increase funding to enact the Arts & Entertainment District Plan. By using a non-profit model, DLCV can work with philanthropists, sponsors, foundations and other funding partners to match goals with outcomes, creating a thriving Downtown district for the entire community.

DLCV & the Longmont Community Foundation (LCF) Partnership: As a new organization, the DLCV board voted to begin its efforts as a donor advised fund through LCF. LCF’s leadership was instrumental in DLCV formation and its longstanding credibility and reputation in the community will help establish DLCV and continue to guide it in the future.

How will DLCV work in our community: DLCV will work with the LDDA, City of Longmont, developers, philanthropists, sponsors, organizations, artists, businesses and other stakeholders to identify projects and fulfill the vision of the Arts & Entertainment District. The possibilities are endless and include things such as:

  • Creating gateways into Downtown
  • Placemaking elements
  • Attracting more creative employers and employees
  • Art projects
  • Creative redevelopment projects
  • Hosting events

Board Members: Bob Goff, chair; Sharon Smith Eisler, vice chair; Anne Smith, secretary; Joanne Kirves, Doug Ward. Staff: Kimberlee McKee

To contribute to Downtown Longmont Community Ventures via the Longmont Community Foundation, click here.