GJEP website earns award from economic development group

Mike Moran
Business Times

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) expects to soon announce publicly that it’s won an international award recognizing its website at www.gjep.org.

GJEP confirmed the International Economic Development Council was scheduled to issue a news release Sept. 29 The IEDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping economic developers, according to the organization’s website.

The Grand Valley Business Times learned about the website award last week, but was asked to withhold the story until an official announcement was released and all media were notified.

The GJEP website features a range of information about the Grand Junction economy.

GJEP, originally formed as the Mesa County Economic Development Council, is charged with creating high-paying jobs by attracting new businesses to the area and promoting the expansion of existing businesses.

In recent years, GJEP has focused more on helping local businesses expand as a result of a slowdown in the movement of manufacturing companies from one city to another.

The local economic development group was formed in the midst of the oil shale bust of the 1980s, when local community leaders decided to work to diversify the economy to try to make it less dependent on the energy industry.

The organization’s name subsequently was changed in part to attract more attention on Internet searches from people who type in Grand Junction for search criteria.

GJEP is funded through a combination of private donations and tax dollars contributed by local government entities.