Chamber: Developing efforts pay off

Chamber: Developing efforts pay off

Phil Castle, The Business Times C.J. Rhyne has worked for more than four years to promote economic development in the Grand Valley and discovered in the process one thing can and often does lead to another. Rhyne cites as an example how demand for a facility to transfer shipping containers and other freight between rail […]

Windows of opportunity opening for manufacturer

Phil Castle, The Business Times Even as Reynolds Polymer Technology continues to provide windows into life under the sea, Mark Johnson has different views in mind. Picture, for example, the unobstructed vistas over the Pebble Beach golf course or Manhattan skyline. While the company engineers and manufactures acrylic panels for some of the largest aquariums […]

Young entrepreneurs get down to business

Young entrepreneurs get down to business

Phil Castle, The Business Times Toly Chinn wanted to keep his bicycle from getting scratched. Jordan Smith wanted to charge her cell phone at night without worrying about the threat of fire. Zoie Whitesides and Lillian Bittle enjoy cooking. There are as many origin stories behind their ventures as there are students in the latest […]

Surgeon joins in efforts to clear confusion over knee replacement rules

Phil Castle, The Business Times An orthopedic surgeon in Grand Junction has joined in efforts to clear up what he calls regulatory confusion over knee replacement procedures. The issue is a significant one given the growing number of patients undergoing the procedures, said Dr. Louis Stryker, a surgeon with Western Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at […]

Low inventories slow Mesa County real estate sales

Phil Castle, The Business Times Low inventories and the limited selection that goes with it continue to slow real estate sales in Mesa County. “It’s that selection thing that’s keeping a lot of people home,” said Robert Bray, chief executive officer of Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction. While demand remains strong, both the number […]

Let’s get philosophical about getting productive

I still remember the introductory philosophy course I took as a freshman in college. It’s curious, isn’t it, what sticks to your brain like so much proverbial glue? More than 40 years after the fact, I can recall the purposely nonsensical examples the professor cited to illustrate the transitive properties of logic. “If all Martians […]

Caring effort: Entrepreneur awarded for excellence

Caring effort: Entrepreneur awarded for excellence

Phil Castle, The Business Times Jenna Noem describes entrepreneurial success as a two-step process: “Find something you’re passionate about, then you just do it better than anyone else.” There still a lot of small stuff to which to attend, of course. But for Noem, the big picture remains the big thing. She makes a convincing […]

CMU study: Oil and gas contribute $1 billion to regional economy

Phil Castle, The Business Times The oil and natural gas industry contributes more than $1 billion a year to the economy of a six-county region of Western Colorado, according to the results of a new study of the energy sector. Employment fluctuates, though, with the number of drilling rigs operating in the region and natural gas […]

GJEP director: Grand Valley making progress

Phil Castle, The Business Times Even as efforts continue to develop the economy, the Grand Valley also makes progress on what’s been identified as priorities for education and promoting the outdoor recreation and technology sectors. That demonstrates the Grand Valley can achieve other goals, said Robin Brown, executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership. […]

Gov. Polis: State can help with economic development efforts

Phil Castle, The Business Times The state can assist in building on the success Mesa County has experienced with economic development, according to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. Polis offered both congratulations and help during his appearance at the Western Colorado Economic Summit in Grand Junction. “I want to congratulate you on the work you’ve done […]