John Harpole, Mercator Energy, is no stranger to regular attendees of the Chamber’s Energy Briefing series. He has presented on several issues over time and on April 12th, 12:00 PM at the DoubleTree Hotel he will provide an update on the natural gas markets and current state of LNG exports.  Harpole, Mercator’s founder and owner, managed natural gas purchasing requirements for General Electric facilities located throughout the United…

The first quarter of 2017 is history and it is time to review what progress has been made on implementing the strategies of the Chamber’s 2017 Business Plan. Highlights include: Recruiting companies and students to participate in a pilot apprenticeship program for high school students through collaboration with CareerWise Colorado and local workforce development partners…

This year Mother Nature appears to have forgotten that “April showers bring May flowers,” as we seem to have skipped straight from winter into late spring weather. It’s only the middle of March as I write this, yet trees are budding and flowers are blooming all over the Grand Valley. Regardless of when it comes,…

The Grand Valley region will kick off our Economic Development Week May 7th-13th. 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. The goal of Economic Development Week (EDW) is to increase awareness for local programs that…

Have you ever visited the soup kitchen? Spent time at the Persigo Water Plant? Taken an escorted hike with the BLM to learn how they manage our public lands? Had dinner in Denver with the House Minority Leader? If you can say “yes” to all these questions, then you are most likely a graduate of…

Air Service. The Air Service Task Force has morphed into a stand-alone 501c6, the Grand Junction Regional Air Service Alliance. The change allows the entity to fundraise in order to supply revenue guarantees for new service if needed. It also establishes a board of directors but does allow for an unlimited number of ex-officio members…

Mesa County recently became the first and so far, only county in the State of Colorado to receive ACT Workforce Ready Certification. The foundation of a community’s certification is based at the county level—across the current, transitioning, and emerging workforce—on individuals earning and employers recognizing the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™. The ACT NCRC is…

The Summer Youth Employment and Enrichment Fair was held on March 16, 2017 at Grand Junction High School.  It was the 5th year of the event, and there were 32 businesses and organizations that offered enrichment activities for elementary and middle school students, and employment opportunities for high school students.  The Fair was a huge…

As small business owners, we are concerned about our employees. It isn’t just the fact that these employees are essential to our business success. These are people that work side by side with us building the company, servicing customers and more. Oftentimes we wish we could do more for these special individuals, especially as group…

“Just because you don’t take interest in politics doesn’t mean that politics won’t take an interest in you.”  This observation, sometimes attributed to the Greek statesman Pericles, rings true: Whether we’re paying attention or not, government has a say in many of our business and non-business affairs. One way to exercise some control is at…

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