There’s a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

No doubt family and friends top the list, along with good health, a home in which to live and ample food to eat. It’s likely the opportunity to work and make a living constitutes a source for gratitude as well. And don’t take for granted the blessings of living in the United States, especially a place that offers the beauty and amenities of the Grand Valley.

Business owners and managers face the considerable challenges of providing goods and services to customers, overseeing operations and staff and somehow turning a profit in the process. Their tasks have been even more difficult in the stubbornly slow recovery that’s followed a not-so-great recession. But they have reasons to be thankful, too.

A number of economic indicators point to improving conditions in Mesa County, among them a lower monthly unemployment rate combined with growing payrolls and a labor force. Meanwhile, the real estate market is poised for its best year since the boom days before the recession. Increasing lodging tax collections reflect more hotel and motel stays and improving tourism business.

For retailers now in the midst of the important holiday shopping season, national and local forecasts call for an increase in sales over last year.

Stepping back to look at the bigger picture, efforts continue to further improve the Mesa County economy by helping entrepreneurs start new ventures and existing businesses expand their operations.

Efforts also continue to recruit new businesses to the area, including perhaps some enterprises run by people who’d like to trade the increasingly crowded and expensive confines of the Front Range for the comparatively uncrowded and affordable spaces of the Grand Valley.

Certainly things could be better for business in Mesa County. But they could be worse, too. And there’s good reason to believe an attitude of gratitude can help in making the glass look a lot more full than empty.

Happy Thanksgiving.