The first quarter of 2017 is history and it is time to review what progress has been made on implementing the strategies of the Chamber’s 2017 Business Plan. Highlights include:

  • Recruiting companies and students to participate in a pilot apprenticeship program for high school students through collaboration with CareerWise Colorado and local workforce development partners School District 51, Western Colorado Community College, and Mesa County Workforce Center.
  • Acting on over 25 pieces of proposed legislation before the Colorado General Assembly to offer a business perspective from the Grand Valley as to how such bills will impact business.
  • Actively supporting two local ballot issues aimed at economic development (i.e. events center) and infrastructure improvements (i.e. street maintenance).
  • Executing a trip for business representatives and leadership class members to the State Capitol to meet with the Governor and members of the State
  • Conducting business visits to over 20 local companies to identify challenges to growth and offering specific assistance in the areas of logistics and shipping, sign regulations, and connecting businesses to state and local resources for business expansion.
  • Offering ongoing education for members including a Health Care Summit for small businesses, an Energy Briefing on federal policy, a Sunrise Seminar and monthly Business Connect sessions with the Mesa County Library.
  • Hosting business networking sessions including the Chamber Annual Banquet, three Business After Hours events, and three Networking@Noon luncheons.

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

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