About GJEP


The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) is the official economic development agency for Colorado’s Grand Valley.
GJEP works to recruit and retain businesses in the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita, the town of Palisade and surrounding regions.
As a private non-profit incorporated organization, we provide free business services and operate with the support of our generous investors and economic development partners.

Our Mission: To enhance the economic vitality in Colorado’s Grand Valley, creating a strong and diverse economy, and an improved quality of life.

Our Vision: To create quality jobs and expand capital investment through the attraction, expansion and retention of primary business.

GJEP is your first point of contact if you are looking to expand or relocate your business to Colorado’s Grand Valley. We provide the resources, information and services you need to make the right decision for your company. Our comprehensive list of business services is available to you at no cost or obligation.


Kristi Pollard GJEP Executive Director

Kristi Pollard

Executive Director

Kristi is the Executive Director for the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP), a non-profit consortium of business, community and governmental leaders striving to create greater economic vitality for Mesa County. Prior to her time with GJEP, Kristi was the principal owner of P², LLC, a local consulting firm that assisted a diverse group of non-profits and small businesses with public relations, marketing, event planning and fund-raising.

As a professional who grew up in Western Colorado, Kristi understands the importance of collaboration with her neighbor and recognizes that her word is the most valuable thing in her possession. Kristi has served on the board of the March of Dimes for two years.

Kristi and her husband Tim are the parents of three energetic boys who are their life’s passion. She enjoys long-distance running, hiking, skiing and boating in her free time.

Steve Jozefzcyk GJEP Business Development

Steve Jozefczyk

Business Development Manager

Steve’s chief responsibility is business development. Steve supports all programs aimed toward the creation of new primary jobs, assists businesses with expansions and relocations, and serves as the point person for all data.

Steve relocated to Grand Junction from Boulder after working with outdoor industry company SCARPA North America, where he managed the pro and direct sales department throughout US and Canada. Before this, Steve was with Land Title Guarantee Company in Denver, assisting seven top commercial and builder real estate representatives with client support and real estate research.

Steve is a native of upstate New York, where he worked as an electro/mechanical drafter for a cryogenic refrigeration manufacturer. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technologies from Buffalo State College.

Jennifer Seal

Director Of Operations & Investor Affairs

As Director of Operations and Investor Affairs, Jennifer manages the checks and balances at GJEP, supports our executive director in day-to-day operations and serves as the liaison to our valued investors and partners.

Jennifer is a fifth generation Grand Junction native. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Political Science. Jennifer previously worked at Colorado Mesa University, at Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation and at The Capstone Group, LLC.  Her unique background has given her valuable experience and perspective into various industries, and has allowed her to make many connections around the Grand Valley and in Colorado.

Jennifer has been happily married to James Seal for almost two years. James and Jennifer love local outdoor activities and spending time with their large extended families in the Grand Valley, as well as their dog and horses.

Cilia Kohn GJEP Marketing Communications

Cilia Kohn

Director of Marketing & Communications

Cilia is responsible for marketing the Grand Valley regionally and nationally. Cilia joined GJEP from Development Counsellors International,  a place marketing agency, where she worked with economic development organizations for large metros like Houston, Texas, to smaller, rural places, like Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Cilia’s past work experience spans from fashion public relations to public affairs at the American Water Works Association, lead generation marketing for Regis University and business development for UK Trade & Investment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing communications, and a Master of Science from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

A Swedish transplant to the valley, by way of New York City and Denver, Cilia enjoys exploring the great outdoors in  her new hometown with her husband, Brandon, and toddler boy.