The Canyon Country Discovery Center by the numbers
by Janet Ross
Mar 28, 2012 | 17030 views | 0 0 comments | 1734 1734 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of a four part series on the new multi-million dollar Canyon Country Discovery Center in Monticello.

Numbers and facts aren’t always that interesting, but sometimes tell the story of a project all the same. So let’s look at CCDC by the numbers and its economic development and community meeting facility potential.

CCDC was first conceived in 2002 by members of the City of Monticello's Economic Development Committee as a way to create new educational opportunities for the area’s students, teachers, and families; and to provide a boost to the local economy.

Over the following 4 years, the idea was developed and expanded by the Economic Development Committee and their chosen partner, Four Corners School of Outdoor Education. All wanted to ensure the buy-in of the local community.

Over four years they conducted three scoping meetings, 32 focus groups, 40 Community Leadership Team meetings, 20 informational meetings, eight mini science-events, a Market/Feasibility Study, and a Business Plan to ensure that the Center would succeed and meet the needs of the people it will serve. FCS was asked by the Community Leadership Team to lead and operate this effort in 2006.

The project has secured the cooperation and support of a wide range of local, state, tribal, and federal entities throughout the Four Corners area, including local governments, institutions of higher education, private donors, the local public school system and economic development entities.

Through its Discovery Institute for Conservation Education (DICE) and associate place-based programs, on and about the Colorado Plateau, Four Corners School’s 21,635 square foot CCDC campus plans to:

• Create 23 new jobs, sustain 10 old jobs

• Fill 9,391 motel rooms annually

• Increase TRT and Sales Tax $229,376 annually

• Produce 35,000 onsite visitors annually (97,000 outreach visits annually)

• Have a one-time influx in wages from construction of $2,282,995

• Pay $862,449 in annual wages for new jobs created ($477,344 for old jobs)

• Produce an estimated potential Social Return on Investment of $9.8 MIL annually (based on the monetized social value of all teacher retention and renewal programs, student education/motivation programs, professional certification programs, workforce development/youth employment programs, and scientific research for San Juan County & the Colorado Plateau.

Clearly, this facility will draw visitors to the City of Monticello and its businesses, and is meant to be an economic driver for all of us. It will:

• Be built on 48 acres north of Young’s Machine shop

• Have a community conference space that can seat 150+ people, and be available to rent for boy scout groups, church groups, family reunions, weddings, and more.

• Have a small classroom and field laboratory

• Have a small library and technology/computer center

• Have an Exhibit hall with hands-on, interactive, learning stations

• Have an Observatory and telescope for night sky viewing

• Have a Bouldering wall and after-school programs

• Have a small Discovery Theater for presentations

• Have a Discovery Store

• Have a Warehouse, shop, storage space

• Have Outside teaching/learning areas, picnic/playground areas, and trails

• Be owned and managed by the 27-year-old non-profit Four Corners School

• Be a public/private partnership with the City of Monticello

• Operate programs in it’s Discovery Institute for Conservation Education

Wow, even I am impressed that this facility and its programs, designed to educate about and celebrate the Colorado, will do all that. I am humbled that my career and life’s work will leave behind such a legacy for Monticello and San Juan County.

See entire series:
1- Canyon Country Discovery Center – from a dream to reality
2- Why Monticello is the perfect place for the Canyon Country Discovery Center
3- A look at facilities and programs designed for the new Canyon Country Discovery Center
4- The Canyon Country Discovery Center by the numbers
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