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Governor Hickenlooper Visits Grand Valley on Friday

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Updated: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 05:17:43 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Governor John Hickenlooper is coming to the Grand Valley with officials from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade on Friday.

 

The state wide tour is called The Colorado Blueprint Tour in which he will be discussing some business initiatives and strategic planning for 2014.

 

Many officials feel the main issue that will help increase the economy is by bringing in more businesses.

 

"So if energy hasn't come back, we haven't seen construction start to come back yet or starting to lose residents who are going elsewhere to look for jobs we do need help from other our state government to look at ways to diversify the economy,” said Chamber of Commerce executive director Diane Schwenke.

 

"We need to bring in companies from outside; we need to bring companies from California for example and again is to find the incentives for them to come here,” said City of Grand Junction mayor Sam Susuras.  

 

Residents in the area hope the governor has a plan of action when he visits.  

 

“I think our economy is still very tight.  I'm very concerned and every level that we can get assistance I think it's really important so I’m really glad that when he comes that he listens as well as talking about some ideas,” said resident Jenna Gerow.

 

Ken Lund is the Executive Director for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and he feels business growth is the main issue that will be discussed in this meeting.

 

"I think the solution for all the regions across the state are to continue to look at diversification that if you have strength in energy and health and wellness and making sure you have other industries over time that's not something that happens in a day,” said Lund.

 

The first stop in his tour on the Western Slope is in Durango. Governor Hickenlooper will be at the Durango Discovery Museum Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.  The museum is located on 1333 Camino Del Rio.

Then Governor Hickenloooper will make his way to the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Officials say the public does not have to RSVP for this event but it is recommended. 

Find out more information the governor's tour  please click here.

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