Research to study economic effects of Horizon Drive business district

A research project is under way to quantify the economic effects of a business district along Horizon Drive in Grand Junction.

“We want to understand both the composition and effects the Horizon Drive District has on the regional economy,” said Lynne Sorlye, general manager of the Clarion Inn and a director of the district board.

The district has commissioned Mesa State College to conduct the research, which will include a mix of interviews and surveys. The results of the research will be published in late April.

Formed in 2004, the Horizon Drive District was the first business improvement district in Grand Junction. The district includes a mix of hotels, restaurants and professional services businesses.

“We have a real gem in Horizon Drive,” Sorlye said. “It’s the valley’s premiere business park and it’s the first and last impression many people have of our community. Our goal is to nurture and manage the district so that Horizon Drive remains a dynamic and beautiful place to do business.”