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Strategic Business Development

Updated: 11.16.2023

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership works to enhance the economic vitality of the region by attracting primary business into our community and supporting local expansions. The businesses we work with help create quality jobs and expand capital investment in Mesa County, strengthening our local economy.

The prospects we work with come from various sources and span industries. As we near the end of 2023, here are our current prospect development numbers. For more information on our 2022 activity and wins, please view our 2022 Annual Report

Prospect Development Pipeline


prospect level I

prospect level II

prospect level III


Local Assists


  • Direct Inquiry 54% 54%
  • Trade Show 19% 19%
  • Local + State Referrals 16% 16%
  • Other 11% 11%

TOP Industries

  • OUTDOOR 29% 29%
  • TECHNOLOGY 12% 12%
  • Construction 8% 8%
  • Professional Services 7% 7%

Other industries include: Energy, Agribusiness, Healthcare, Restaurant/Retail, and Transportation.


GJEP Releases 2023 Economic Impact Report

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) has released its 2023 Annual Report detailing the organization’s economic impact, activity over the past year, and strategic goals. The report provides a look into Mesa County’s economy and insight into the region’s direction for future growth.

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Kurtis Minder to Keynote Western Colorado Economic Summit

Kurtis Minder, CEO & Co-Founder of GroupSense, will be this year’s keynote speaker for the highly anticipated 2024 Western Colorado Economic Summit. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16th at Colorado Mesa University.

Kurtis Minder has built a robust cyber reconnaissance operation protecting some of the largest enterprises and government organizations. His company, GroupSense, is a leading provider of digital risk solutions. Minder has successfully navigated and negotiated some of the largest ransomware, breach, and data extortion cases worldwide.

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Innovative Outdoor Manufacturer Goose Gear Chooses Grand Junction for Relocation

Goose Gear, a leading outdoor recreation and overland manufacturer, has selected Grand Junction, Colorado, as the site for its new headquarters and was awarded the Job Growth Tax Incentive. Family-owned and operated, Goose Gear specializes in manufacturing high-quality camping systems for vehicle-based recreation that add to the simplicity and comfort of their customers’ outdoor experience

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Skyhook Solar Celebrates Acceptance Into Rural Jump Start Program and Establishes Headquarters in Grand Junction

Skyhook Solar, a manufacturer of transportable, industrial-grade solar generators has selected Grand Junction as its new home and was accepted into the Rural Jump Start Program. The company’s core technology provides transportable, industrial-grade solar generators that can provide power to EVs, micromobility, internet access, lighting, and emergency services in public spaces.

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GJEP continues to pick up momentum as we host prospect site visits, submit incentive applications, and promote the region through targeted marketing efforts and events.

Here are a few highlights we’re celebrating in 2023:

  • Costco Wholesale selects Grand Junction as newest location
  • Skyhook Solar approved for the Rural Jump Start Program and selects Grand Junction as headquarters
  • OakStar Bank announces plans to build at the Riverfront at Las Colonias
  • Spartan Drill Tools approved for Rural Jump Start Program with their Grand Junction expansion 
  • GJEP joins a consortium of local leaders to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Commerce for tech hub designation
  • GJEP awarded grant funding to expand proactive recruitment efforts through ZOMA Foundation and OEDIT
  • Launching The Colorado West Global Landing Pad Program in partnership with the Business Incubator Center
  • Launching “Opportunity Awaits in Grand Junction” video highlighting Opportunity Zones in the region
  • Western Colorado Economic Summit returns to Colorado Mesa University with a record number of attendees
  • Welcome Wagon connects 14 newbies with locals and hosts a variety of networking events

    ongoing efforts


    Targeted Marketing


    jump-start tax credit program


    Employee Relocation Support


    real estate development support

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