City contributes to Business Incubator Center resources

The City of Grand Junction has contributed $12,500 to help purchase a laser cutter and engraver for the GJMakerspace at the Business incubator Center.

The donation will help pay for the machinery as well as demonstrate local support in efforts to raise additional funding.

Jon Maraschin, executive director of the Business Incubator Center, said the donation reflects collaborative efforts to promote economic development in the Grand Valley.

“I’m proud of what we continue to create together in our community. The leadership and economic development support from the city is humbling,” Maraschin said. “In a short period of time, we have been able to bring the local innovators together with the launch of the GJMakerspace. With this investment, we are going to take the GJMakerspace and our innovation community to the next level.”

The laser cutter and engraver will be used to cut and engrave various materials and products and offer additional equipment to manufacturers, entrepreneurs and artists who use resources available at the center.

The GJ Makerspace offers a place for entrepreneurs, engineers, designers and artists to develop their ideas in a collaborative environment.

For more information about the GJMakerspace or other programs and services offered at the Business Incubator Center, call 243-5242 or visit the Web site at www.gjincubator.org.