Stories written by Phil Castle

Phil Castle is editor of the Grand Valley Business Times, a twice-monthly business journal published in Grand Junction. Castle brings to his duties nearly 30 years of experience in editorial management positions with Western Colorado newspapers. In addition, his free-lance work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Washington Post. He holds a bachelor's degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University.

Latest job numbers buoy Mesa County outlook

Phil Castle, The Business Times The unemployment rate in Mesa County has retreated. Combined with increases in payrolls, the labor force and  job orders, the latest numbers portend improving conditions. Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction called the trends “refreshing.” “I think we’re off to a really good start,” […]

Just add water: Fun park to make big splash with new attraction

This image shows what the new Coconut Cove water attraction at Bananas Fun Park in Grand Junction will look like. The attraction will tower 50-feet tall and include more than 50 features, including a 10,000-gallon tipping bucket. (Photo courtesy Bananas Fun Park)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Chris Burns believes he’s come up with a cool way to turn hot weather into a competitive advantage at his Grand Junction entertainment center: just add water. In fact, Burns expects to make a big splash — figuratively and literally — in opening the largest water attraction in the region […]

E Day to feature Telluride developer

Phil Castle, The Business Times A former Grand Junction man who helped turn Telluride from a mining town into a destination resort will share his experiences during an event celebrating entrepreneurship. Ron Allred is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Entrepreneurship Day luncheons in Montrose and Grand Junction. The Montrose event is set for […]

Grand Valley tax collections decline

Phil Castle, The Business Times Sales and use tax collections have declined again in the Grand Valley, although part of the latest downturn reflects large year-over-year drops in collections from the telecommunications industry. The City of Grand Junction reported a 2.1 percent decline in combined sales and use tax collections in February compared to the […]

State economic development chief offers support to local efforts

Phil Castle, The Business Times The new state director of economic development says she’s impressed by efforts in the Grand Valley and Western Colorado to bring businesses and jobs to the region. But the state can help in improving access to financing, offering tax incentives and making it easier to participate in programs, said Stephanie […]

Grand Junction council candidates talk issues

Phil Castle, The Business Times Six candidates for the Grand Junction City Council agreed more than they disagreed in answering questions about a range of issues posed during a chamber of commerce forum. The candidates voiced support to varying degrees for continued financial support for Colorado Mesa University, revitalization along North Avenue and a preference […]

St. Mary’s president welcomes resources insurer brings to network

Phil Castle, The Business Times United Healthcare will bring expertise and analytical resources to a health care network in Mesa County that will help in efforts to provide better services at lower costs, according to the president of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. “We’re pretty excited about it,” said Dr. Brian Davidson. In […]

Mesa County jobless rate spikes, but hiring activity picking up

Phil Castle, The Business Times While the Mesa County unemployment rate spiked again in January, increased hiring activity since then buoys the outlook for the coming year. “I’m still a little bit optimistic looking at our job orders,” said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. According to the latest […]

Subscription-based farm a growing venture

Mark Beckner and Shauna Rhyne are surrounded by lettuce, herbs and other crops growing inside a greenhouse at Rooted Gypsy Farms in Grand Junction. Mark and Sara Becker own the operation, while Rhyne serves as a manager. The subscription-based farm delivers boxes of vegetables, eggs and meats to Grand Valley customers each week.

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mark Beckner wanted to find out whether or not he could develop a viable business out of a small farm. The answer, it appears, is yes. Taking advantage of both the growing demand for locally sourced foods and growing popularity of food delivery services, Beckner and his wife, Sara, have […]

Mesa County first Work Ready Community in state

Phil Castle, The Business Times Mesa County is home to the first Work Ready Community in Colorado, earning certification under a program streamlining the process of connecting businesses looking for employees and applicants looking for jobs. “It’s a really big deal,” said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. The […]

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