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Phil Johnston — a teacher who coordinates the science, technology, engineering and math program at Central High School — demonstrates a three-dimensional printer students use for various projects. The Colorado Technology Association selected Johnston as its 2017 Educator of the Year. (Business Times photo by Phil Castle)

Phil Castle, The Business Times While Phil Johnston works hard to prepare high school students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math, he says the so-called STEM program he coordinates involves something more basic. That’s teaching students to apply what they learn to solve problems. It’s an approach for which Johnston has become a […]

Firm earns funding for smart city efforts

Phil Castle, The Business Times A business executive expects to use a $250,000 grant to further efforts to make Grand Junction a model for more precisely locating and managing underground utilities. “At the end of the day, it’s about developing better information so people can make better decisions,” said Page Tucker, president and chief executive […]

Workforce center warns against possible scams

The Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction warns people looking for jobs to look out for possible scams. The center discovered a fraudulent employer had been using the Connecting Colorado database to scam job seekers. Scams can happen on platforms outside of Connecting Colorado, and job seekers should remain alert for the potential signs […]

Community Hospital awarded for workplace wellness efforts

Community Hospital in Grand Junction has earned recognition for its efforts to promote workplace wellness. The hospital received the Gold Well Workplace Award from the Workplace Council of America. The hospital is the only business in Mesa County to have received the award. “We are extremely proud of this award. Our employees are our greatest […]

Performance appraisal revolution under way

There’s a not-so-quiet revolution under way in the business world as many organizations abolish their performance appraisal systems. In just one example of recent surveys, Corporate Executive Board Global found stark evidence of the high level of dissatisfaction among managers regarding PA systems. According to the research, 95 percent of managers are dissatisfied with their […]

Leading index signals continued U.S. growth

An index forecasting economic conditions in the United States has rebounded,  signaling growth through the holidays and into the new year. Separate measures of current and past performance also increased. The Conference Board reported its Leading Economic Index rose 1.2 percent to 130.4 in October. The gain followed a slight drop in September attributed to […]

Mesa County jobless rate moves up

Phil Castle, The Business Times The unemployment rate has climbed in Mesa County, but remains below levels of a year ago. Meanwhile, separate measures continue to reflect increasing labor demand and decreasing rolls for those receiving unemployment benefits. According to the latest estimates from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment […]

Campaign to promote Grand Valley as outdoor capital of Colorado

A $25,000 grant will help fund a campaign to promote the Grand Valley as a destination not only for outdoor recreation, but also outdoor recreation businesses. Visit Grand Junction has joined with the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission in the effort. The Colorado Tourism Office awarded a $25,000 grant to […]

Rising tax collections reflect improving economy

Phil Castle, The Business Times Tax collections continue to increase in the Grand Valley on higher sales of automobiles and other goods. Officials say the trend bodes well not only for an important source of government revenue, but also a key economic indicator. “I think it continues to show that our economy is improving,” said […]

Index: Small business owners more upbeat

A monthly measure of confidence among small business owners has increased on more upbeat expectations for sales, expansion and hiring. The National Federation of Independent Business reported its Small Business Optimism Index rose eight-tenths of a point to 103.8 in October. “Owners became much more positive about the economic environment last month, which suggests a […]


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