CMU20000 LogoAfter 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:

John Marshall (CMU) and Ryan Ellington (GJ Chamber Board), Co-Chairs

  • Further strengthen CMU & WCCC as first choice options for District 51 high school graduates
  • Develop community support for existing recruitment efforts in areas like Colorado’s Front Range, Out-of-State and International locations
  • Leverage assets like GJ Regional Airport direct flights to enhance recruiting opportunities.

Kim Williams (CMU) and Stacey Stewart (GJ Chamber Board), Co-Chairs

  • Develop strong marketing materials and communication plan for CMU20000
  • Partner with organizations like CMU Alumni Association, Downtown Development Authority, Horizon Drive Business Improvement District – and others – to develop support and engagement opportunities (events, window stickers, signage, etc.)
  • Support initiatives from the other three committees with design work, social media engagement and media (paid and earned).

Liz Meyer (CMU), Susan Alvillar (GJ Chamber Board), Co-Chairs

  • Develop innovative scholarship ideas to support the Career and College Advisor Initiative currently underway between CMU and School District 51
  • Develop a strong, non-bureaucratic partnership between the Chamber and CMU to connect businesses with internship opportunities across academic departments
  • Enhance marketing and awareness of CMU events (athletic, performing arts, student showcase, etc.) to improve community engagement and get more community members on campus.

Derek Wagner (CMU) and David Ludlam (GJ Chamber Appointee), Co-Chairs

  • Support the North Avenue Owners’ Association project to rename North Avenue University Boulevard. Explore other street name opportunities to enhance awareness about Grand Junction being home to CMU
  • Support local government initiatives to enhance community entrance signage
  • Engage Chamber and community stakeholders to participate in Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s annual retreat August 8-9 in Grand Junction and explore opportunities to engage key legislators prior to next legislative session in January of 2018.

How can YOU become a champion of the CMU20000 effort? 

  • Reach out to the Chamber and let us know which one of these areas, or projects, piques your interest (and we hope they do!). Contact the Chamber by emailing or calling 970-242-3214 and we will make sure you’re included in communications about committee meetings and project updates.
  • Share your additional ideas in one of these areas listed above by emailing us at and we’ll make sure to add them to our ongoing lists for discussion and action.
  • Continue to encourage your friends, co-workers and associates to become one of our 5,000 CMU supporters by registering at

Thank you all for your strong support and for being a part of CMU20000.  We have a great opportunity to make a huge difference and we’re all excited to see where this goes!

Click here to download full version of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce July 2017 Newsletter.

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