I recently heard a comment in passing that the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce only covers businesses in Grand Junction. I thought it was a pretty odd thing to say considering our official name clearly includes the word AREA. And, frankly, I was somewhat offended that anyone would think our focus was so narrow…

Jon Rynn, author of the book Manufacturing Green Prosperity: The power to rebuild the American middle Class, wrote for the Roosevelt Institute 6 key reasons that explain why manufacturing is central to having a thriving local economy. Manufacturing has been the path to development. Many see the creation of a high-quality manufacturing sector as a…

Bob Dylan’s song, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’, couldn’t more accurately describe how our local economy is handling the gradual path towards normal operations. The recent pandemic has forced everyone to reevaluate daily operations in hopes to find a balance between commerce and public safety, and business owners have been quick to learn they must…

On May 15, Governor Jared Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 065, which suspends a number of laws related to signature collection, ballot qualification and elections and orders the Secretary of State’s Office to develop rules for electronic and mail signature gathering. The Grand Junction Chamber Board of Directors at the May meeting affirmed that our…

Grand Junction Business Stabilization and Recovery Fund Established by the City of Grand Junction On May 6, 2020, the City of Grand Junction established the Grand Junction Business Stabilization and Recovery Fund to support businesses impacted by COVID-19. Loans will be equal to the lesser of 50% of two-months of Approved Uses (see below) or $7,500 maximum. The fund…

Today we take a look back at an outstanding project that broke ground during Economic Development Week 2019 resulting in Rocky Mountain Rail & Storage becoming the first “transload” facility in the Grand Junction, CO area. Through the Grand Junction Area Chamber’s Business Retention & Expansion efforts, we identified a growing need in the business…

The Chamber, in close collaboration with the Mesa County Enterprise Zone, applied for and received approval for a new COVID-19 related small business grant program that will be funded through donations. Those donating will be eligible for State of Colorado tax credits through the Enterprise Zone. Under those rules, for all cash donations the tax…

The Chamber has been a strong advocate for beginning the process of reopening businesses that have been shuttered or severely limited due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We have confidence in our Mesa County Health Department and the plan they have established to go slow with and monitor the situation….

Is anyone else besides me truly glad that April is behind us? That was a month that felt like a year! The good news is that as of this writing Mesa County has been largely spared from the pandemic known as COVID-19. The bad news is that our economy has suffered and will continue to…

On March 23, 2020, the Grand Junction City Council approved Emergency Ordinance #4912. This Emergency Ordinance, a response to the COVID-19 emergency, will provide for an emergency refund and/or referral of sales, lodging, and use taxes collected in February 2020 which were paid to the City in March 2020. “I think it sends a clear…

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