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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Doors open 7:30 a.m.)


Colorado Mesa University
University Center – 2nd Floor

Grand Junction, Colorado

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Who Will Be There?

Lunch Keynote Ben Collins

Tech Entrepreneur / FOX News Commentator

Ben Collins

Entrepreneur / FOX News Commentator
Ben is a decorated  U.S. Army Special Forces veteran who completed multiple combat rotations in Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Following Ben’s release from active service he founded several companies including software company, Aptus Technologies committed to providing analytics tools that enhanced decision-making capabilities and delivered powerful intelligent analytics. Ben was instrumental in landing the company’s largest contract, Boeing Defense UK.

Ben has a degree in Political Science from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. He currently lives in Aspen, Colorado with his wife and three children.

Ken Gart

Colorado's Bike Tsar

Ken Gart

Business Executive / Community Leader
Ken Gart is Colorado’s unofficial “bike tsar” and a household name in the biking and outdoor recreation industries.  Ken lead the formation of Denver B-Cycle in 2008. Ken is currently on the Chair of the Board of Directors for RPM Events Group LLC,  the entity that is underwriting the Colorado Classic Bike Race and Velorama Music Festival in August 2017.

Dr. Arlen Meyers

Expert in Healthcare Entrepreneurship

Dr. Arlen Meyers

Professor / Healthcare Entrepreneur
Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA, is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SOPE) and Director of the Bioentrepreneurship Program at the CU-Denver Business School Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, Harvard-Macy Fellow and NLM Fellow.

Kathy Mussio

Veteran Site Selector

Kathy Mussio

Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Atlas Insight
Kathy has over 22 years of combined experience as a management, incentive and site selection consultant. Kathy is a reliable opinion source for trade publications and has written several expert articles. She is also a frequent guest of state governments to assist with development of strategic plans to attract business investment.

Erik Mitisek

CO Chief Innovation Officer

Erik Mitisek

Executive Director, Project X-ITE
Erik Mitisek has dedicated his work to building and accelerating companies and communities across Colorado. Erik is the Executive Director of Project X-ITE at the University of Denver, a campus wide cross-discipline initiative on Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. Erik also serves as Colorado’s Chief Innovation Officer and oversees the Colorado Innovation Network.  Previously, Erik was the CEO of the Colorado Technology Association.

Gregory W. Smith

Executive Director, CO PERA

Greg Smith

Executive Director/CEO, Colorado PERA
Greg Smith became Executive Director and CEO of Colorado PERA in November 2012. He joined Colorado PERA in February 2002 and served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Office prior to his current role. He is a fourth-generation Colorado native and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver.

and…
EMCEE Todd Conklin, CEO Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties/Commercial Prime Properties
Tim Fry, President at Mountain Racing Products and GJEP Chair
Kristi Pollard, Executive Director, GJEP

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“2030 VISION”

In 2001, a number of local business leaders and Grand Valley visionaries came together to develop a community vision for year 2020. As we approach the deadline, we see that a lot of the goals set forth in that vision have already been accomplished (read the 2020 vision statement here). But we also know that a lot has changed in almost two decades. Our community has grown, our industries have expanded and, as we enter a much more global market, the demands on our community have grown as well.

That is why we have decided to develop a new vision, the “2030 VISION,” which will encompass the needs and wants of our community as it is today – and help shape who we want to be as a community moving forward. 

In the afternoon of the Economic Summit, we will spend a couple of hours talking about the key priorities for Colorado’s Grand Valley over the next ten years. We will discuss the opportunities and the challenges, we will together figure out the next steps and, at the end of it all, we will vote on which issues we want to tackle first.

Thank you in advance for participating in this important first step to shape the future of Colorado’s Grand Valley!

PS. If you cannot attend this workshop, come back to this web page for a full recording and opportunity to cast your vote. Make sure to follow #GV2030Vision on Facebook and Twitter as well. 

See the Topics We’ll Discuss and Learn More About the Workshop

Thank you in advance for participating in this important first step to shape the future of Colorado’s Grand Valley!

PS. If you cannot attend this workshop, come back to this web page for a full recording and opportunity to cast your vote. Make sure to follow #GV2030Vision on Facebook and Twitter as well. 

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2017 Western Colorado Economic Summit

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10xAll Access Passshow details + $750.00 (USD)  
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