Economic Meeting Draws Hundreds
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Around 300 economic investors and business people from across Mesa County meet up on Thursday for the annual Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) meeting.
This year had a special keynote speaker, the state of Colorado chief marketing officer, Aaron Kennedy.
GJEP’s main goal is to sell the business viability of Grand Junction to investors and entrepreneurs across America. Their current branding of Grand Junction calls the city “The New West: Modern, Independent, Still Wild.”
The annual meeting’s purpose is to bring the community up to speed on what it’s done in the last year.
“So we would really like to take the opportunity to inform those of us who are here, living here, working here about the things we're doing to really advance the ball on economic development in our community, trying to grow that pie,” said executive director of GJEP Kelly Flenniken.
"I think right now we're staged and ready for a long term growth for the valley and all the businesses in the valley," said meeting attendee Fred Eggleston.
The mayor of Grand Junction showed optimism for the future of the city’s economy, but he still realizes the problem’s not fixed yet, and he still must balance the budget.
"It's not very easy, we're gonna have to cut some things that we don't want to cut out, and spread the money a little thinner than we usually do," said Grand Junction mayor Sam Susuras.