Wednesday, June 6, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

(lunch starts at noon)

Colorado Mesa University
University Center – 2nd Floor
Grand Junction, CO

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Lunch Keynote

Jonathan Liebert
CEO and Executive Director
Colorado Institute for Social Impact,
Better Business Bureau of Western Colorado

Jonathan Liebert is a Colorado Springs native, a recognized Leader in Colorado by the Beanstalk Foundation, and a 2016 Rising Star Award recipient by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Jonathan joined the Better Business Bureau in 2015 and founded the Colorado Institute for Social Impact to educate organizations on the power of the emerging “Fourth Sector” and use entrepreneurial strategies to solve social issues in our community.

Previously, Jonathan served as Vice President of AspenPointe Enterprises, where he spent 14 years building a stronger community through social enterprise, solving prevalent social issues and serving disadvantaged populations. Jonathan is one of the co- creators of the Peer Navigator Model, an innovative peer support model for the military that was presented to the White House Joining Forces Team and has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine.

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Speaker Lineup

Call for Nominations

Each year, the Grand Junction Economic Partnership awards an individual and a company that has had a particular impact on economic development efforts in our community. Awards will be handed out during a special ceremony at the Economic Summit luncheon. See award details below and please submit your nominations by May 4 to

Spirit of Economic Development (sponsored by Charter Communications)

The Spirit of Economic Development Award is an honor given to a business or organization that demonstrates a strong sense of community awareness and involvement while seeking opportunities to enhance the economic vitality of Colorado’s Grand Valley.

Previous winners:
2016 – West Star Aviation
2017 – Colorado Mesa University

Joseph C. Prinster Leadership Award

The Joseph C. Prinster Leadership Award recognizes an individual that has demonstrated exceptional drive, adaptability and leadership characteristics while making a notable contribution to the economic development of Colorado’s Grand Valley.

Previous winners:
2016 – Denny Granum
2017 – Terry Farina

Email your nomination by May 4 – please include the name of the nominee and a brief paragraph on why they deserve the award.

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Bonsai Design | Cherry Creek Mortgage Company | Land Title Guarantee Company |Rocky Mountain Health Plans

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Thank  you to all those who attended the 2017 Economic Summit
and participated in the
“2030 VISION” economic visioning workshop!


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 decided last year to begin developing 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. 

Before the 2017 Economic Summit, we sent out a survey to see what issues were most on your mind for the future economic welfare of our community – read a recap of it here. In the afternoon of the Economic Summit, we spent a couple of hours talking about the top-voted topics from that survey and figuring out where to start, so that we can ultimately check off each and every one of those issues by year 2030. We gave the top six topics five minutes each to present their matter, but we also gave some time to the runner ups. A video of the 2030 VISION presentations, and more information can be found here.

After the 2030 VISION workshop, we launched a community poll to set the final priorities for the Grand Valley 2030 Vision. K-12 Education received the most votes. See the results of the final poll here.

Please note, that the results of the poll do not mean we forgo other issues in order to work on K-12 Education. The poll results will guide us in how we prioritize issues and the order in which we tackle them, with the goal to meet the objectives of all of these issues by year 2030. We will revisit some of the key priorities during the 2018 Western Colorado Economic Summit and continue to post updates #GV2030Vision.

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