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Business filings portend job growth in Colorado

Employment will continue to grow in Colorado in the first half of 2017, although at a slower pace, according to the latest analysis of business filings in the state. Disparities between rural and urban areas of Colorado persist, however. “Growth in business filings is consistent with overall population and employment growth that we are seeing […]

Peek performance: Business leaders share outlook for 2017

While they don’t rely on a crystal ball, Grand Valley business leaders base their optimistic outlook for 2017 on what they expect will be generally improving business and labor conditions and prospects for new and expanding operations. (Business Times photo illustration by Phil Castle/crystal ball courtesy Crystal Books and Gifts)

Phil Castle, The Business Times      The outlook for the year ahead depends on who you ask. But if there’s a consensus among business leaders in the Grand Valley, it’s that they’re optimistic. Moreover, they’re ready to drop the cautiously part of their assessment. “I’m really optimistic,” says Dale Beede, a broker associate with Coldwell […]

NFIB director: Old issues likely to arise in new session

Phil Castle, The Business Times Tony Gagliardi expects a productive session at the Colorado Legislature in lobbying for measures that will benefit small businesses. But the state director of the National Federation of Independent Business also plans to play plenty of defense in coming months to oppose various measures. Many of the issues likely will […]

Grand Junction lawmaker named chairman of energy and environment committee

A Grand Junction state lawmaker has been picked to serve as chairman of a new committee on energy and the environment. State Sen. Ray Scott, a Republican, will chair the Select Committee on Energy and the Environment created by Senate President Kevin Grantham. Scott said the panel will conduct hearings on a range of energy […]

Tax increased proposed for downtown projects

Grand Junction voters will consider in April a proposed city sales tax increase that, if approved, would fund the construction of a downtown events center as well as improvements to the convention center. “This is an exciting prospect for the city to be able to regain some of our regional presence as well as to […]

Program offers grants to use downtown buildings for restaurants

A pilot program offers grants to businesses that convert existing buildings in downtown Grand Junction into restaurants. The Grand Junction City Council voted to authorize the change in use incentive program. The program will cover 25 percent of the sewer service plant investment fee up to $10,000 per business. The sewer service plant investment fee […]

Grand Junction Kmart among stores scheduled to close

The Kmart store in Grand Junction is among a total of 150 Kmart and Sears stores scheduled to close nationwide as Sears Holdings takes steps to improve its financial flexibility and operational performance. The Kmart store at 2809 North Ave. in Grand Junction and a store in Denver are among 108 Kmart and 42 Sears […]

Study explores economic resiliency

  Communities with diverse economies and strong leaders that invest in education and health care and offer a high quality of life are more resilient, according to the results of a study of 13 rural communities in Colorado. The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado joined with the Colorado Office of Economic […]

Mesa County Libraries plans Tech Expo

Mesa County Libraries has scheduled an expo offering  demonstrations of high-tech and electronic gear as well as an opportunity to meet with representatives of tech-related organizations. The Tech Expo is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the central library, 443 N. 6th St in Grand Junction. The expo is free and open […]

Tech-ed classes coming to Montrose

A new partnership is designed to provide high school students from Olathe and Montrose access to technical education programs offered by Western Colorado Community College. The Montrose County School District RE-1J board of education approved an agreement with Colorado Mesa University and WCCC to provide access to the programs. The agreement was scheduled to go […]


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