Grand Valley sales tax collections increased in 2019

Bolstered in part by gains in December, sales tax collections continued to increase in the Grand Valley in 2019. The City of Grand Junction reported a 2.5 percent gain in year-over-year sales tax collections, an indicator of increased activity in retail and other business sectors. Mesa County reported a 6.7 percent increase. Lodging tax collections, […]

Consumer Confidence Index rises

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has increased on more upbeat assessments of labor and business conditions. “Optimism about the labor market should continue to support confidence in the short term and, as a result, consumers will continue driving growth and prevent the economy from slowing in early 2020,” said Lynn Franco, senior director of […]

Mesa County jobless rate trends up, but 2019 still a good year

Phil Castle, The Business Times The monthly unemployment rate rose in Mesa County for a third straight month, but 2019 still ended as one of the best years on record for the local labor market. Indicators point to continued improvement in 2020, said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. […]

Leading index slips, but still forecasts growth

A monthly index forecasting economic conditions has slipped for the fourth time in five months, but still signals growth. “Financial conditions and consumers’ outlook for the economy remain positive, which should support growth of about 2 percent through early 2020,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, senior director of economic research at the Conference Board. The business research […]

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Real estate business names best-selling agent

Cynthia Castaneda was honored as the top-performing agent for 2019 at Weichert Realtors-Heiden Homes Realty in Grand Junction. Castaneda posted the most closings and highest dollar volume in sales. Weichert Realtors-Heiden Homes Realty operates offices at 735 Rood Ave. For more information, call 245-7777 or log on to

Real estate agency honors top agents for 2019

Heidi Elder and Jonilyn Berry were honored as the top agents for 2019 at Real Estate West in Grand Junction. Elder, co-owner and managing broker of the firm, was honored as the top sales performer at Real Estate West for an eighth consecutive year. Berry was honored as the top listing agent. Real Estate West […]

Real estate firm announces residential sales manager and agent designation

Stewart Cruickshank has joined Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction as sales manager for the residential brokerage. Danette Davidson, a broker associate with Bray Real Estate, has earned designation as an Accredited Buyer’s Representative. Cruickshank brings to his duties experience in a variety of sales positions as well as the real estate industry. He worked […]

Accounting firm announces promotion and certifications

Seth Knighton has been promoted to senior tax accountant at Dalby, Wendland & Co. in Grand Junction. Brian Hollingsworth and Kelsa Tinsley have attained certifications in employee benefit plans audits. Knighton works with small businesses and also assists owners with individual tax returns. Knighton started with Dalby Wendland as a tax intern. He joined the […]

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