Curtis is the Executive Director leading organization and recruitment efforts for the Grand Junction Economic Partnership. Originally from Delta, Curtis attended Colorado Mesa University to play baseball which has led to a career full of service, purpose and strategic development. With over ten years of local experience creating strong community partnerships at the senior leadership level, some notable experiences include serving as a Human Services Administrator for the Mesa County Department of Human Services. In 2015, Curtis joined the Mesa County Workforce Center as it’s Director, helping employers address their hiring needs and spearheading strategic workforce programs in the region. Curtis took the reigns as GJEP’s Executive Director in August of 2022 and will focus heavily on business recruitment, primary job creation and community development initiatives.
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.
In 2014, Steve relocated to Grand Junction from Boulder, Colorado, after working in the outdoor recreation industry for over 10 years. Before this, Steve spent his time in Denver working in commercial and builder real estate development. Steve began his professional career as an electro-mechanical drafter in an advanced manufacturing operation in Syracuse, New York. Steve currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Council of Colorado, the Grand Valley Outdoor Rec Coalition and the Grand Valley Cleantech Business Coalition.
Steve is a native of upstate New York and received his B.S. in Industrial Technologies from Buffalo State College.
Community Relations Manager
Britain joined in January of 2022 as GJEP’s Community Relations Manager. Britain’s main responsibilities include managing donor and fundraising development, community and workforce development programs, planning the annual Western Colorado Economic Summit (WCES) and all other GJEP related events and sponsorships. Britain has called Colorado home since January of 2017 by way of Texas and has gladly taken a new stake in the Western Slope.
Britain’s previous experience includes marketing, communications, events, and program development work throughout the non-profit, medical device, and real estate/homebuilding industries. He attended the University of Texas at San Antonio for a BBA in Marketing and has completed multiple leadership development programs throughout his career so far. As a born and raised Texan, Britain enjoys many water outdoor recreation related activities but also enjoys snowy mountain adventures on the slopes.
Business Development Manager
Matt Bell joined GJEP in August 2021. As GJEP’s Business Development Manager, Matt’s primary responsibility is business recruitment. He works alongside the Deputy Director to support businesses through expansion and relocation, providing information and assistance with real estate, incentive, local government relations and industry connections.
Prior to GJEP, Matt spent nearly five years as a Sales and Marketing Representative for a power tool company. He is a CMU Alum with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management and Business Administration. In his spare time, Matt enjoys skiing, hiking and playing softball.