Phil Castle, The Business Times
An executive who’s been involved with multiple site selection programs will share his insights about Mesa County as a potential location for businesses during an upcoming event.
John Frank, a senior vice president with CH2M Hill, is scheduled to deliver the keynote presentation during the annual meeting of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership.
“We think it’s really exciting,” said Laura Peters, communications director for GJEP, a private, nonprofit group that promotes job creation in Mesa County through business attraction and expansion.
The luncheon meeting is set for noon Sept. 15 at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St. Admission is $45 per person, $450 per table. Reservations are due Sept. 5. For reservations or more information, call 245-4332 or visit www.gjep.org.
Peters expects the meeting to attract more than 300 people, making it one of the largest gatherings of the local business community of the year. The meeting offers a way for GJEP to share information about its activities over the previous year as well as preview the coming year, she said.
In addition, Frank has been conducting research on Mesa County and will offer in his keynote presentation an assessment of what the county does well in offering a potential site for businesses as well as what could be improved, Peters said.
Frank serves as senior vice president of industrial and advanced technology for CH2M Hill. The Denver-based company offers a wide range of design, construction and management services for government and private-sector clients worldwide. The company has annual gross revenues of more than $6 billion and a staff of more than 26,000.
Frank has been involved in multiple site selection programs as well as site and community developments, financial analysis and incentive package creation. He brings to his duties more than 30 years of experience in business management, construction, design, engineering management and semiconductor operations.
Peters said GJEP has experienced one of its busiest years ever in working with businesses considering relocating or opening operations in Mesa County as well as helping existing businesses in the county that are expanding or face challenges.
The increased activity in working with prospects bodes well in terms of the potential for bringing new businesses and jobs to the area, Peters said. “It is really encouraging.”
At the same time, though, competition remains fierce, especially from communities and states that can offer substantial financial incentives to businesses that open or move operations, she added. “It’s a tough game. Our competition is all over the place.”