The CMU20000 initiative (15,000 students and 5,000 community supporters) is off to a great start with approximately 70 people stepping forward to serve on the four committees of the effort; Community Visibility, Community Engagement, Student Recruitment and Government Engagement. These committees will begin meeting soon and there is still an opportunity to sign up and…

What’s in a Name? As many of you know, the Chamber has assumed the role of catalyst, convener, and champion of “CMU 20000.” CMU20000 is an economic development and skilled workforce initiative that will grow Colorado Mesa University to 15,000 students and will engage 5,000 community supporters. It means new jobs and hundreds of millions…

From April 1st to June 30th the Chamber was heavily engaged in helping create a stronger economy and being the voice of local business. Activities ranged from workforce development to business advocacy to aligning economic development efforts around an existing economic powerhouse that is also integral to workforce development. Highlights of the past three months…

Community Businesses: Stronger Together Looking back on what the Chamber has accomplished during the first half of 2017, one thing is abundantly clear: our business community is stronger TOGETHER.  The Chamber—and indeed the broader business community in our area—are overwhelmingly composed of locally owned small businesses. Our business owners are justifiably proud of what they…

After hearing from the business community multiple ideas of how we can work together to reach a college enrollment of 15,000 students and a community support base of 5,000 people, leadership at the Chamber and Colorado Mesa University have formed the following committees and established initial priorities. They are: STUDENT RECRUITMENT John Marshall (CMU) and…

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…

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