Archive for: April, 2011

The future of oil shale: Market forces still sway potential development

When it comes to projections for energy development over the next quarter of a century, oil shale remains about where it did a quarter century ago. In 1986, when the Grand Valley reeled from the effects of an oil shale bust, oil shale held promise as an alternative to conventional oil and coal. But market […]

Advice for those stressed out at work: Show up even when you’re fed up

Bill Beausay literally carries workplace complaints on his sleeve … not to mention his back. That’s because Beausay encourages participants in his workshops and seminars to not only voice their frustrations with work, but also write them down — on his clean white dress shirts. As Beausay paces before his audiences, the words appear, handwritten […]

Economic development leader stepping down

After nine years as leader of an economic development organization in Mesa County, Ann Driggers has decided it’s time for a change for herself and the group. Driggers plans to step down as president and chief executive officer of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and has submitted a 90-day notice to the GJEP board of […]

Hotel owners plan to reopen restaurant operation with buffet format

The owners of a Grand Junction hotel plan to reopen a restaurant operation, but with a self-serve buffet format. Starting May 2, Good Pastures Buffet in the Quality Inn at 733 Horizon Drive will offer both breakfast and dinner buffets. “You might say this is by popular demand because we’ve had a pretty constant barrage […]

Colorado Mesa University selected winner in college name game.

What’s in a name? A lot, according to trustees who voted unanimously to change Mesa State College to Colorado Mesa University. Trustees say the new name communicates a brand identify and geographic location that will help in recruiting students, but also preserves the heritage of the Grand Junction-based institution. “We have literally transformed this institution, […]

Commercial passenger traffic up at Grand Junction airport

Commercial passenger traffic at the Grand Junction Regional Airport rose slightly during the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same time last year. According to the Grand Junction Airport Authority, a total of 48,320 enplanements — that is, passengers boarding commercial flights — was recorded during the first three months of 2011. That number […]

Index: Consumer confidence rebounds

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has rebounded on a slightly more upbeat outlook economic recovery continues. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) climbed to 65.4 in April, up 1.6 points from a revised 63.8 for March. The April gain follows a more than eight-point drop in March. In April 2010, […]

Grand Junction sales tax collections up, but lodging tax revenues down

If rising sales and use tax collections in Grand Junction are an indication, a slow but steady economic recovery has legs. For a 10th consecutive month, the City of Grand Junction reported a year-over-year increase in sales and use tax collections. According to the March report, tax collections totalled $3.64 million, 11.2 percent higher than […]

Habitat director accepts scholarship for Harvard management course

Amy Rogers, executive director of Habitat for Humanity for Mesa County, plans to attend the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) course at Harvard University. Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County was nominated for and accepted a scholarship so Rogers could attend the course. SPNM is a Harvard Business School social enterprise initiative program that […]

Grand Junction manager wins state economic development award

Kelly Marlin, business development manager with the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, has won the Rookie of the Year award presented by the Economic Development Council of Colorado. The statewide organization presents the annual award to an economic development professional who’s worked at least year in the industry in Colorado, but not more than three years, […]

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