The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Annual Economic Outlook was hosted yesterday at the Mesa County Workforce Center as part of their 4th Quarter Luncheon.

Attended by over 200 Chamber and Community members, the event featured guest speaker Dr. Richard Wobbekind, director of the Business Research Division and an associate dean at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. Dr. Wobbekind presented the 2018 outlook for the state of Colorado, and more specifically Mesa County.

In an article found in The Daily Sentinel today, reporter Joe Vaccarelli wrote:

“Mesa County’s economic outlook is generally pointed in an upward direction, rebounding nicely from the recession thanks to a diversification of the economy that should make recent prosperity more sustainable heading into 2018.

Meanwhile, the state’s economy as a whole has a strong outlook and the U.S. economy has posted two quarters in a row of strong gross domestic product growth, which could be a sign of a prosperous new year.”

(read the full article here)

To view Dr. Richard Wobbekind’s presentation, click here. For a copy of the 2018 Colorado Business Economic Outlook booklet, click here.

Yesterday’s luncheon agenda also recognized 8 local small businesses for their recent expansion efforts. WBS Coatings, Cendera Funding, Cobb Marketing, Appleton Clinic, Clemmer Welding, Peterson Plumbing, City Market, and Real Property Management Now all showed expansions in employment and/or capital investment in recent months totaling 183 jobs created and $31,610,000 in capital investments. “Investing in our local economy by purchasing our new building downtown and hiring ONLY local vendors was incredibly important to us” said Jason Jones of Cendera Funding while speaking about the recent opening of their new downtown location and investment of over $4 million dollars.

The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Annual Economic Outlook was presented by Bank of Colorado, along with featured sponsor Bray Real Estate. The Chamber’s 2017 Quarterly Lunches are presented by Conquest Developments.

 

 

 

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