Chuck Hull, inventor of 3D printing, was born in Grand Junction. Mesa County Sheriff’s Department flew the first drone used in law enforcement in the country.
Colorado’s oldest solar energy company, Atlasta Solar, still operates here today.
Tech innovation is in our DNA in Colorado’s Grand Valley and a slew of budding tech entrepreneurs are banding together to create the next great tech hub, with a keen eye toward the environment. From cleantech and agtech to building apps that navigate trails or capturing adventure junkies on film using drones and GoPros, Grand Valley’s tech scene is growing as vast as our great outdoors.
Six reasons why Colorado’s Grand Valley is the next great tech hub:
The Grand Valley has a long legacy in agriculture, energy and healthcare, which just happens to be three of the fastest-growing areas for technology business.
Situated an equidistance from two of America’s top emerging tech hubs (Denver-Boulder, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah), the similarities are many, but it’s what we don’t have that makes the Grand Valley stand out: no congestion, no lines, no insurmountable business costs.
The Grand Junction metro is the telecommunications hub (LATA Tandem) of western Colorado with an extensive technical infrastructure in place and supportive local government proactively looking to grow tech opportunities in the community.
Jump-Start Mesa County, an 8-year tax holiday for business, is one of the many benefits for tech entrepreneurs who choose Colorado’s Grand Valley. Learn more.
Colorado Mesa University offers extensive academic programs in everything from computer information systems, to mechanical and geographic information technology, to civil engineering. The Maverick Innovation Center connects CMU’s brightest students with the local business community.
LAUNCH West CO offers education, networking and coworking space to 300+ local developers, designers and tech entrepreneurs. See how it started.
THE GRAND VALLEY TECH COMMUNITY
THE CREATIVES | Inspired by nature, empowered by creative technologies, these are some of the artists in the Grand Valley tech community:
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THE JUMP-STARTERS | The Jump-Start tax credit program, which kicked off in Mesa County, Colorado, in 2016, has yielded some true innovators in the tech space:
May 17, 2017 - According to a ranking released by the Consumer Technology Association last Wednesday, Colorado ranks among the top champs for innovation in the nation for the first time. The Denver Business Journal summarized why
May 11, 2017 - This morning, The Daily Sentinel published a beautiful cover story on Wren Industries, the Grand Valley's very own connection to NASA's Orion Spacecraft project, destined for deep space. Here is an
May 5, 2017 - ProStar Geocorp’s Transparent Earth® is the featured cover story in the May edition of World Pipeline Magazine, which focuses on covering all aspects of pipeline engineering, construction and maintenance for the pipeline
May 4, 2017 - Yesterday, Newschannel 5 interviewed GJEP's Kristi Pollard and Tracy Harmer, CEO of Adaptive Communications, the latest company to join Jump-Start Mesa County. Here's what they said: "'Adaptive Communications' will be setting up
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Reasons 1, 3, 4: Leitner-Poma of America Reason 5: Ken Redding/Colorado Mesa University