I’ve been a member of the Grand Junction Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee for a long time…longer than I’ve been on the board actually. And as we meet at 7:00 AM every other Tuesday this winter to discuss and cuss about bills being introduced and moving through the Colorado General Assembly, I am reminded once again…

Being strong advocates for business was cited by 40% of the Chamber’s membership in the 2019 annual survey as the top priority for the Chamber. This time of year, the organization is particularly focused on reaching out to policy makers in Denver and in Washington D.C. to ensure that local small businesses have a voice…

When the Chamber took a lead role in organizing a political issues committee (The Tax You Don’t Pay) and developing a campaign to increase the lodging tax along with the Visit Grand Junction Advisory Board in 2018, it was focused on economic development. More funding for destination marketing would result in more visitors and more…

Let’s focus on advocacy at the local level. This topic is very important to many small businesses in Grand Junction and countless other rural environments. Local Advocacy can vary from simply wanting to properly navigate the building code, making sure your new facility complies with the local fire marshal, or even how you can ensure…

There is a somewhat dated industry rallying cry that goes something like this…” This Chamber doesn’t just cut through ribbons…it cuts through the red tape!” Have you ever walked away from the local planning office shaking your head and convinced your dreams of growing are dead? Have you ever wondered who to call in order…

According to Dr. Richard Wobbekind, head of the Business Research Division in the Leeds School of Business, Colorado University, any slow-down in economic growth in 2020 could be due to a lack of available workforce and a wait-and-see approach regarding the 2020 election. But there will still be growth. Over 150 attendees gathered to listen to…

The outlook into 2020 for the Chamber’s Business Retention & Expansion program is extremely bright. Each week we are out in the community assessing the current business climate and addressing the needs of existing businesses all across the Grand Valley. Local business is the backbone of our community and does so much for our local…

The Chamber led a coalition of four business organizations that pleaded with the Grand Junction City Council not to raise development fees and implement new fees to an extent that could hamper economic development and growth last month. Members of the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association, Housing and Building Association of Western Colorado, Western Colorado…

The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce won a GOLD level award for its CHAMPIONS of Economic Development EDW 2019, a project in the category of Innovation in Economic Development Week of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 15 during the IEDC Annual Conference, which…

C.J. Rhyne, Director of Business Retention and Expansion for the Grand Junction Area Chamber, graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute on October 24, 2019, at the OU EDI Fall session held in Denver, Colorado. OU EDI is an intensive 117-hour certificate program that provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the…

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