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.

Factory brings future of work to the present

Phil Castle, The Business Times What Josh Hudnall foresees as the future of work already occurs in the Grand Junction facility he helped create. Programmers, graphic designers and writers, among others, sit at desks and work for employers and clients in far away places. Location, in this case at least, doesn’t matter. Not with high-speed […]

Groups support street maintenance measure

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jeffrey Hurd compares street maintenance to dental health: a little preventative care now can help in avoiding more costly treatment later. That’s why the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors has endorsed a ballot measure that would use tax revenues earmarked to pay off the Riverside Parkway […]

Fast start could mean busy year for real estate

Phil Castle, The Business Times The busy season hasn’t yet started in earnest, but the new year is off to a fast start for the Mesa County real estate market. Increasing transactions and dollar volume through the first two months of 2017 could serve as a leading indicator for what follows. “We’ve got to get […]

Innovative efforts require more than just talk

Phil Castle, The Business Times Innovation is a bit like the old joke about the weather, Steve Wood believes: Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. It takes more than talk to nurture a culture of innovation. If anything, innovation is a byproduct of a commitment  to excel, said Wood, former owner, […]

Business leaders urged to attend suicide awareness presentation

Phil Castle, The Business Times Dr. Brian Davidson believes it’s important to not only have a conversation about suicide awareness in the workplace, but also for business owners and managers to lead that conversation. As president of St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Davidson has led a series of such presentations. He plans to […]

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 […]

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