January 16, 2019 – This morning, Colorado Biz posted a piece by our very own Robin Brown, addressing five reasons why businesses should consider Colorado’s Grand Valley. It starts:
“In recent years, Colorado has topped most business rankings, including Forbes’ “Best States for Doing Business” and as the “No. 1 Economy” according to U.S. News & World Report. As a result, in-migration has exploded on the Front Range. Denver alone sees somewhere around 1,000 people moving in each month and the city’s population now exceeds 700,000. This is great news for Colorado’s economy, but less so for the quality of life of its citizens. “Colorado the Beautiful” now includes skylines full of crane trucks and the ride to the slopes is marred with traffic. Moreover, the cost of real estate is pricing many residents and businesses out of the state’s larger cities.
This explosive growth has been mostly focused on the Front Range. Look to the state’s Western Slope and you’ll see quite a different picture. With over 30 wineries and 10,000 miles of trails, Grand Junction, and its sister cities Fruita and Palisade, are best known as wine drinking and mountain biking destinations. With the Colorado National Monument as the backdrop and a milder climate than the rest of the state, it’s an easy, year-round weekend destination for those hoping to escape the hustle and bustle of the I-25 corridor.
But Grand Junction also has a thriving and diversified economy with unprecedented growth over the past few years in tech and outdoor industry manufacturing.”