( COPRACO means Committee for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage De Orotina )
About our organization
We currently have 65 members, all residents of the county. In January this year we have started the registration process to establish ourselves to be the first cultural development association of Orotina.
Although we have complete autonomy through a collaboration agreement, we found ourselves inserted in the cultural hub of the development association of Orotina and collaborating with this organization on various projects of undoubted cultural interest.
What is motivating us?
Orotina since 1908 has been a quiet force in the Alajuela Canton, and crossed by the railroad to the Pacific.
For decades the interaction between railway workers and other civil actors in our community have given us a cultural identity which forced the people of Orotina to be connected and intertwined with the railway destination, agriculture and livestock.
In 1995 this all this changed with the closure of the national railway. This sudden closure of any railway activity in Orotina and the absence of a mature community organization; this hasn't allowed us to adequately address the challenge of adapting this region to the new requirements of the 21st century.
In just 20 years, Orotina has faced a severe economic depression and lacking of jobs and business opportunities that somehow were promised with the opening of Route Highway 27 in 2010.
But the new road to Caldera rather isolated even more Orotina City and other towns depriving them of benefits of constant traffic flow to the Pacific coast because of the new freeway.
No less worrisome, is the expectation of locating in the canton of Orotina an industrial city and an International Airport where there will be only valued the economic benefits that will be generated but not measured the negative impact on the identity of the people of Orotina and other towns in the area, and besides that, the negative effect on our history of our region because of massive urbanization and uncontrolled urbanization.
Our mission and vision
We want to strengthen the identity of the people of Orotina by preserving their experiences of the past and present, generating a strong cultural heritage for future generations to come,so they can successfully face the challenges of modern society, without forgetting their roots.
We want to see an active community, which integrates its historic legacy with its cultural initiatives to create opportunities that also support responsible and sustainable tourism and where our natural beauty and historical sites of the region are its main attractive sites.
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