CMU, attorney awarded for economic development offers

Colorado Mesa University and attorney Terry Farina were the latest recipients of annual awards honoring contributions to economic development.

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership presented the awards during the Western Colorado Economic Summit.

GJEP presented the Spirit of Economic Development Award to CMU in recognition of growth that has in turn bolstered the Western Colorado economy. According to one analysis, the overall estimated economic impact of CMU during the 2015-2016 fiscal year topped $447.5 million.

GJEP presented the Joseph C. Prinster Leadership Award to Farina, an attorney, former district attorney and banking executive and participant in a variety of community groups and philanthropic organizations. He served on the Mesa County Economic Development Council, the forerunner to GJEP.

Farina said economic development constitutes an important investment in making the community a better place. “It’s the business of all of us.”