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 suffer for many months to come.

In a normal year, I would be writing in May to congratulate our school graduates as they walk down the aisle to receive their diplomas and welcome visitors to JUCO. Not now. Now, as Mesa County implements Phase One of our business reopening plan, it is time to focus on the horizon and find ways to help our small businesses begin rebuilding and retooling our local economy. We all know that it is the small businesses that fuel our local economy by employing the bulk of our workforce. It is time to roll up our shirt sleeves, get creative, get innovative…and get stronger because we are nothing if not resilient in the Grand Valley.

I am proud of the fact that our Chamber has been a leader in disseminating pertinent information and offering timely webinars that can help point our members toward the resources they need. We will continue that effort but also want you all to know that our staff is willing to talk with any one of you about anything at any time. You are the Chamber…and there is no Chamber without you…we are here for each other.
Finally, I want to give a shout out to our medical community and our Mesa County Health Department for doing an incredible job in keeping us safe this past month along with knowing what, when and how our businesses and our people needed to get back to work. You have done amazing work and shown us all what it truly means to collaborate. THANK YOU!


Click here to download the full version of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce May 2020 Newsletter.

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