The Chamber Board adopted a new guiding principle in April to reflect our organization’s long-term commitment to CMU 20,000, an effort to rally 5,000 community supporters around growing Colorado Mesa University to 15,000 students. With an economic impact of over $450 million annually, today CMU could be even more impactful as it grows by strengthening…

As this newsletter is being printed, parties on both sides of the dispute regarding the Grand Valley Drainage District levying of a fee on all residents and businesses within its boundaries are preparing for trial. Judge Timbreza on May 17th, executed a court order denying the GVDD request and the Chamber/Mesa County response and request…

As you may have read in the newspaper or seen on the news, the Chamber—in partnership with Colorado Mesa University—is launching a major skilled workforce and economic development initiative. We’re calling it “CMU 20,000”: the goal is to boost CMU’s student enrollment to 15,000 students, and to engage 5,000 business and community supporters. This month’s…

As many of us know, the best Economic Development tool is the mobilization and excitement of the existing businesses in the community. We are well on our way in each of those categories here in the Grand Valley. After more than forty business visits in 2017, we have many businesses and entities spreading the word…

The Grand Valley region celebrates Economic Development Week May 8-13. Economic Development Week was created by The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in commemoration of its 90-year anniversary as the largest professional membership organization for economic developers. Economic developers are charged with generating economic growth, creating better jobs for residents and facilitating an improved quality…

  The Chamber Board of Directors adopted the 2017 Business Plan at their December meeting and the need for this organization to be proactive in helping job creators succeed and strengthen the economy continues to be the major theme of the Chamber workplan for the next 12 months. Shown below are goals and some of…

At the December Quarterly Membership Meeting, five companies were recognized for creating 16 new jobs and investing over $1,100,000 into the local economy.  There were several other companies that had expansions but chose to wait until March, 2017 to be recognized.  Altogether in 2016 the Chamber recognized 24 companies for creating 574 jobs and investing…

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