How diverse will diverse get this time?

Amy Moore
Amy Moore

The Grand Valley is growing again, and there are no doubts the increase in activity in the housing market has been great for Mesa County. But what does this mean for business owners?

It could mean many things. The local economy is no longer dependent to the same degree on the oil and gas industry — although  we still feel the hit when the energy sector declines. Fortunately, the economy has diversified. We have a strong retail market with new chain stores coming in as well as a strong restaurant and hospitality industry. When construction on Horizon Drive is finished and traffic can freely flow again, businesses should enjoy the company of previous and new customers. Home construction continues to improve as well.

Meanwhile, the health care sector keeps expanding with the opening of the new Community Hospital in Grand Junction and continued work at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The Canyon View Medical Center helps to meet the needs of local physicians, including obstetrics and orthopedic practices. That’s not to mention the Colorado Canyons Hospital and other facilities operated by Family Health West in Fruita.

Health care doesn’t have the monopoly on expansion, though.  Innovative Construction, for example, has added a new facet to its business by becoming an InterNachi Certified Property Inspector.  Eric Carlton of Innovative Expression has earned a degree in energy management, geology and land management, which should help take the firm to a new level of business.

Here at Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, the firm has grown its commercial and residential business under new ownership.  Coldwell Bankers also works with the Real Estate Training Center of Colorado to provide educational resources. Two state certified instructors staff a satellite learning location in offering hybrid and online classes as well as a mentoring program.

All this being said, it begs the question: What’s next?

Most people will tell you they want to see us continue to grow strong as a community. There’s little that helps us grow more than ideas.

A real estate agent who specializes in commercial transactions is always on the lookout to help bring in the next business or industry — large or small.

The central location of the Grand Valley, it’s mild climate and diversification of industries make this a great place for almost any business to call home.