Rocky Mountain PBS will grow into Gill space

Rocky Mountain PBS plans to hire two additional people to facilitate its growth after the Gill Foundation announced Tuesday that it’s donating a building worth $1.3 million to the nonprofit.

Rocky Mountain PBS will move into the building at 315 E. Costilla St. in September, said Amanda Mountain, executive  director of the new Tim Gill Center for Public Media.

Mountain said the nonprofit’s first order of business once it gets settled into the building will be to re-open the space to other nonprofits that used conference areas in the building for meetings.

The center has already posted a job opening for an administration and special projects manager who will oversee center activities and collaborative projects with Rocky Mountain PBS partners, including area universities and colleges and other public media as well as the nonprofits that use the facility.

Within the next six months, Mountain said the center, jointly with Rocky Mountain Public Radio, will hire a news director to produce cross-platform content and share it with other public radio and television stations throughout the state, and collect content from stations in some of Colorado’s more rural communities for air in southern Colorado.

“The ideas we came to the table with when were drafting the grant have really expanded,” Mountain said.

The PBS team began working on the grant application in October or November, Mountain said.

The center will focus on presenting educational opportunities to students from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College and others interested in new media.

The center will also house a media lab where citizen journalists can come in and use equipment.

Rocky Mountain PBS has had a partnership with Pueblo State University for more than 40 years, Mountain said. And that relationship will remain intact.

“We’re looking at this as a catalyst for collaboration,” Mountain said.

The organization was already building partnerships with other public media. But this gift from the Gill Foundation provides the broadcaster with more space and increased opportunity for creating new and stronger partnerships.

“Now that we have this space, so much is possible,” she said.