Leading Economic Index holds steady

A monthly index forecasting economic conditions remains unchanged, signaling slow growth likely will continue in the United States. The Conference Board reported its Leading Economic Indicator (LEI) held steady at 112.1 in August. A separate measure of current economic performance increased. A measure of past performance decreased. The latest results suggest economic growth will continue, […]

Information exchange places second in national competition

A Grand Junction-based organization has received national recognition for its efforts to add community information to a health information exchange. Quality Health Network (QHN) placed second in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Social Determinants of Health Innovation Challenge. QHN received a $25,000 prize, which will be used to fund the development of its Community Resource […]

Grand Valley tax collections on the rise

Sales tax collections continue to increase in the Grand Valley, a reflection of year-over-year gains not only in the retail sector, but also other sectors. The City of Grand Junction reported a 2.2 percent increase in combined sales and use tax collections in August compared to the same month last year. Mesa County reported a […]

Superintendent brings experience to monumental effort

Nathan Souder will bring more than 16 years of experience in the National Park Service to his latest duties as superintendent of the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction. Chip Jenkins, the acting regional director of the National Park Service, announced the selection of Souder. Souder is expected to start his new position Sept. 29. […]

Officials to talk issues at Club 20 conference

State and federal government officials will join attendees from across Western Colorado in an annual fall conference hosted by Club 20 in Grand Junction. The conference is set for Sept. 20 and 21 at Colorado Mesa University Center and other venues. The conference offers Club 20 members and others a chance to meet with officials to […]

CSU opens Grand Valley facilities

Colorado State University has opened a campus in the Grand Valley that includes classroom and meeting spaces, a veterinary laboratory and teaching kitchen. “This is an investment in Western Colorado, in Colorado agriculture and in the future of a state and region where CSU is proud to be an economic partner,” said Tony Frank, chancellor […]

Small Business Optimism Index retreats

A monthly measure of optimism among small business owners has dropped as concerns about a possible recession contradict an otherwise strong economy. “The pessimism we’re seeing is contagious even though the actual economy is thriving,” said William Dunkelberg, chief economist of the National Federation of Independent Business. “Expectations can be infected and, as a result, […]

U.S. payrolls grow while jobless rate holds steady

Payrolls continue to grow in the United States even as the unemployment rate remains near a 50-year low. Nonfarm payrolls increased 130,000 in August, and the jobless rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent for a third straight month, according to the latest Labor Department estimates. The initial estimate for payroll gains in July was revised […]

Count on health care and air travel as blessings

Grand Valley business owners counting their blessings can add two more items to what’s likely lengthy lists —  an expanding health care industry and a regional airport with improving facilities and more connections. This issue of the Business Times covers both those items in stories reporting the opening of a medical center at the Colorado […]

CASA of Mesa County receives Taco Bell Foundation grant

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County is among the recipients of nearly $6 millions in grants awarded by the Taco Bell Foundation. CASA of Mesa County received $2,500 to support advocacy services for children who’ve been abused and neglected as well as programs to help students graduate from high school and realize their dreams. […]

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