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 sales tax numbers mixed

Phil Castle, The Business Times After a year in which sales tax collections lagged, Jodi Romero expects the trend to go the other way in 2017. “I’m fairly comfortable in saying we’re moving in the right direction,” said Romero, financial operations director for the City of Grand Junction. The new year got off to a […]

Prescription for change: Health summit planned

Efforts by President Donald Trump and Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could bring
more changes to health insurance. A summit in Grand Junction will offer information about what those changes might look like. (Business Times photo illustration by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Diane Schwenke says health insurance comes up in almost every conversation she has with business owners and managers, whether it’s at networking events, committee meetings or other functions of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. While employers want to provide insurance, many can’t afford the rising premiums. Meanwhile, plans […]

Energy official: Market and policy factors bode well for sector

Phil Castle, The Business Times Christopher Guith cites three factors that bode well for the energy industry — increasing global demand, rising commodity prices and especially a more receptive political environment. And what bodes well for the energy industry bodes well for Western Colorado and the Grand Valley, said Guith, senior vice president of policy […]

Tourist attraction: Travel business big in Mesa County

Scenic sunsets are among the reasons the Colorado National Monument remains the most popular tourism attraction in Mesa County. Wineries, restaurants and shopping outlets rank among the top activities, too, according to the results of the latest analysis of the travel industry in Mesa County. (Photo courtesy Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau)

Phil Castle, The Business Times       More than 5,500 jobs and nearly $140 million in annual wages can be attributed to tourism in Mesa County, according to t he latest analysis of the economic effects of the travel industry. Those are important numbers in an area that’s yet to fully rebound from the recession, […]

Summit to promote connections among industry sectors

Phil Castle, The Business Times Sarah Shrader draws on personal experiences in discussing the connections among the manufacturing, outdoor recreation and tech sectors in the Grand Valley. The zipline and adventure course  company Shrader helps manage could be located anywhere, but operates in Grand Junction in large part because of the local fabrication firms that […]

Mesa County real estate activity off to fast start in 2017

Phil Castle, The Business Times The new year is off to a fast start for the Mesa County real estate market with big  year-over-year gains in activity. While rising interest rates and lower housing inventories could exert some effects, industry observers still look for 2017 to be another good year. “It’s a pretty impressive start […]

Firm hired to manage Two Rivers and Avalon

Phil Castle, The Business Times A company that manages entertainment, events and sports facilities has been selected to run Two Rivers Convention Center and the Avalon Theater in Grand Junction. The Grand Junction City Council approved a contract with Pinnacle Venue Services to manage the city owned facilities. Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton said […]

Analysis: Travel industry big business in Mesa County

Phil Castle, The Business Times More than 5,500 jobs and nearly $140 million in annual wages can be attributed to tourism in Mesa County, according to the latest analysis of the economic effects of the travel industry. Those are important numbers in a county that’s yet to fully rebound from the recession, said Debbie Kovalik, […]

The game’s afoot: Firm finds niche in competitive environment

The father-and-son team of Stephen, left, and Robert Madsen operate SynapticSwitch. The Grand Junction company provides a range of game development services and also creates its own games. SynapticSwitch recently moved its offices to ProStar Geocorp to help the firm offer its geospatial information software and services in three dimensions. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times Robert and Stephen Madsen live the dream of avid game developers in creating their own products and bringing them to market. But the father-and-son team also take a practical approach to their Grand Junction studio and have remained in business by providing services to clients to help them create games as […]

Grand Valley sales tax collections lag in 2016

Phil Castle, The Business Times With continued declines in December, sales tax collections lagged in the Grand Valley during 2016. There were some anomalies in the latest monthly figures, though, and local officials say they’re hopeful collections will increase in 2017. “We feel like we’ve found the bottom,” said Jodi Romero, financial operations director for […]

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