Regional economic summit planned

Registration is under way for an annual economic development summit in Western Colorado.

Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado has scheduled the summit for 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Grand River Hospital Conference Center at 501 Airport Road in Rifle.

Early bird tickets sell for $50 through July 31. Afterward, ticket prices will increase to $75. Admission will include lunch. For tickets or additional information, visit or call (970) 665-1095.

The agenda for the summit will include presentations on housing innovation, rural economic development, advancements in aviation, regional energy initiatives and the Colorado State University Regional Economic Development Institute.

A keynote panel will provide updates on legislation involving economic development.

Nathan Perry, an economics professor at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, will offer an economic update for northwest Colorado.

The Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado is an association of county and municipal governments that includes Mesa County as well as Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade. Garfield, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties are also member counties, while Delta, Grand and Montrose counties are associate members. The AGNC also serves as administrator of the Northwest Colorado Enterprise Zone and as an economic development district for the region.