Archive for: August, 2010

Home construction goes green

Energy conservation and use of renewable energy are ongoing trends in home building and remodeling. Under current law, the window of opportunity remains open for claiming tax credits in connection with new construction. The window for remodeling current homes is closing, however, with the credits due to expire at the end of December. The federal […]

Slowdown forcing some construction workers to change careers

The numbers tell the story: On a given day, 1,800 job applicants chase 12 to 18 job openings — a ratio of 109 applicants for each job. That leaves people considering alternate careers, many as they approach the final decade of their working lives. Such is the scenario for construction workers in the Grand Valley. […]

New firm proposes housing project

A year after Zeck Homes went out of business in the midst of the Great Recession, one of the former owners has teamed with another developer to form a company planning a 20-unit housing project near the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction. Matrix Communities plans a mix of single-family attached homes priced […]

Grand Valley bike parks among finalists for $250,000 grant

A Western Colorado mountain bike organization is among the finalists for a $250,000 grant to help fund the construction of three bike parks. Online voting to determine the winner in the Pepsi Refresh America campaign will continue through Aug. 31 at the Web site located at It’s also possible to vote by cell phone by […]

Agritourism workshop planned for Grand Junction

A workshop on agritourism is scheduled for Sept. 11 in Grand Junction. The full-day workshop is planned for the Mesa County Fairgrounds. The registration fee is $25 per person, which includes lunch and resource materials. The registration deadline is Sept. 7. The workshop will feature sessions on liability, identifying markets, managing risk, community and regulatory […]

Construction under way on addition to VA medical center

Construction is under way on an addition to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction. The 31,000 square-foot surgical facility will be built on top of an existing two-story clinic and tie into the third floor of the seven-floor inpatient tower at the center. The $11 million project is scheduled for completion in July. […]

Midstream investments portend growth in natural gas activity

It’s no secret energy companies have a big effect on the Western Colorado economy. An energy boom in the Piceance Basin that extended through the fourth quarter of 2008 helped delay the effects of the Great Recession that hit the nation in 2007. And when the number of natural gas drill rigs dropped by 70 […]

Parade of Homes to showcase home construction industry

The Parade of Homes will extend over two weekends this year, offering more time for people to participant in the annual event showcasing the home construction industry in the Grand Valley. The Housing and Building Association of Northwestern Colorado has scheduled the Parade of Homes for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 to 19 […]

Helping a growing sector: SBA resources available for minority owned small businesses

Last month the Census Bureau reported the number of minority owned businesses in the United States increased 46 percent from 2002 to 2007. That’s good news. These new businesses create jobs and drive economic growth across the country. However, this increase doesn’t mean our work at the U.S. Small Business Administration is done. This is […]

Panel presentation to focus on veterans in the work force

An upcoming presentation in Grand Junction will focus on military veterans in the work force. The Western Colorado Human Resource Association has scheduled the presentation for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St. The event is open to the public, including business owners and managers, human resource professionals and office […]


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