March 2019 marks the second anniversary of the creation of CMU 20000, an initiative of the Chamber to help increase enrollment to 15,000 students at Colorado Mesa University, supported by 5,000 community supporters. There was a lot of hoopla when we initially launched the effort as a way to recognize and support  CMU as…

                              The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce took to the state capitol February 21st and 22nd to advocate on behalf of the western slope business community. The trip offered a unique opportunity for attendees to network with state lawmakers, and…

          A tradition for over 28 years, the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Banquet kicked off 2019 with a bang on January 25th. Guests arrived dressed in their 80’s best, ready to celebrate the successes of 2018 with their fellow local business community. The over 700 guests were treated to a night full of nostalgia including their favorite 80’s movie clips, a…

          Whew! One month down and eleven to go as your Chairman! Actually, I am extremely honored to lead the Grand Junction Area Chamber this year especially after the totally “awesome” Annual Banquet we all celebrated last month. I apologize for wearing shorts…but we can have fun while we work, right?!!…

                                As you look around communities, you will often see the typically scattering of fast food restaurants, home improvement stores, and retail centers. Something else you will find – a chamber of commerce. As you start your business, the chamber of…

“Business led and student focused” is the motto of CareerWise Colorado as it seeks to place multi-year apprenticeship opportunities before students in School District 51 and across the state. The Chamber was one of the major supporters of this effort when Grand Junction was identified as a pilot site three years ago so it is…

In early January Chamber members were invited to provide feedback to the Chamber board as they considered two sales tax questions that were tentatively slated for the Spring City of Grand Junction election and over 300 of you responded. One of those questions that was referred to the ballot is asking voters to fund a…

There is a lot on the line in the upcoming Grand Junction City Council election with six proposed city ballot proposals and three open council seats. That is why the Chamber’s Quarterly Membership luncheon on Monday, March 11th, presented by Venture Advocates, will feature a City Council Candidate Forum and offer information about the ballot…

The 2019 session of the Colorado General Assembly began on January 4th and will continue through May 3rd. Governor Polis has proposed an ambitious plan that includes all day kindergarten, universal health insurance and initiatives to curb the effects of climate change. The legislature has already introduced a number of bills to address health care…

The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce facilitated a round table discussion among it’s members and non-members in the arena of Transportation Impact Fees (TIF) on new development. The discussion was brought to our attention by the Grand Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization and City of Grand Junction. A lively conversation ensued and many varying opinions were…

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