Today is the annual Western Colorado Economic Summit


GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (KKCO) – The 5th Annual Western Colorado Business Summit begins today at the Grand Junction Convention Center as organizers unveil the Grand Vision, a community-wide initiative that begins at the summit.

The organizers hope that the Grand Vision will provide an answer to the community’s vision for the Grand Valley when it emerges from economic hardship.

“We have been ‘concerned’ by government standards for decades. But over the past few years we’ve done better than most of our colleagues in Colorado, if not across the country. We anticipate it won’t be long before we cross the threshold from a distressed to a thriving community, ”said Mike Sneddon, GJEP Chairman and President of SG Aerospace & Gas, a local manufacturer. “We want to hear from the people who live and work here what they consider to be a flourishing community.”

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership plans to open the discussion for members of the community with a survey that aims to examine community priorities and quality of life measures.

Today’s summit is expected to host a series of discussions and activities that organizers say will focus on improving the overall quality of life for Grand Valley residents. Among the topics discussed today; Sustainability of local agriculture, the future o K-12 training, employee retention, housing needs and much more. Speakers and panelists include Chris Brown, Vice President of Policy and Research at the Common Sense Institute Dan Spiegel, General Manager of Coldwell Banker Commercial.

The summit starts at 8:00 a.m. this morning and lasts until 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $ 75 per single registration and $ 800 per table sponsorship. For tickets,

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