About GJEP


The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) is the official economic development agency for Colorado’s Grand Valley.
GJEP works to recruit and retain businesses in the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita, the town of Palisade and surrounding regions.
As a private non-profit incorporated organization, we provide free business services and operate with the support of our generous investors and economic development partners.

Our Mission: To enhance the economic vitality in Colorado’s Grand Valley, creating a strong and diverse economy, and an improved quality of life.

Our Vision: To create quality jobs and expand capital investment through the attraction, expansion and retention of primary business.

GJEP is your first point of contact if you are looking to expand or relocate your business to Colorado’s Grand Valley. We provide the resources, information and services you need to make the right decision for your company. Our comprehensive list of business services is available to you at no cost or obligation.


Steve Jocefczyk, Business Development, Grand Junction Economic Partnership

Robin Brown

Executive Director

Robin Brown joined GJEP in December 2017 but has been committed to the economic growth and vitality of Colorado’s Grand Valley for over a decade. Robin has previously worked as the Event Management Director for the Grand Junction Business Improvement District and led a $9 million fundraising campaign for The Historic Avalon Theatre in downtown Grand Junction. She has also participated on numerous boards across the Valley, including the Western Colorado Community Foundation and the Grand Junction Regional Airport Alliance.

More recently, Robin started Spoke+Blossom, a lifestyle publication aimed at changing the narrative of Colorado’s Grand Valley to that of a blossoming small town community full of entrepreneurial spirit, a diverse business community and an impeccable quality of life centered around a great outdoors. This is a story she is accustomed to sharing as a weekly columnist for The Daily Sentinel, former owner of her own public relations agency, and regular speaker at community events.

Robin is a U.S. Army veteran relocated to the Grand Valley from Oregon. She lives in Grand Junction with her husband and two children.

Steve Jocefczyk, Business Development, Grand Junction Economic Partnership

Steve Jozefczyk

Deputy Director

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.

Steve relocated to Grand Junction from Boulder after working with outdoor industry company SCARPA North America, where he managed the pro and direct sales department throughout US and Canada. Before this, Steve was with Land Title Guarantee Company in Denver, assisting seven top commercial and builder real estate representatives with client support and real estate research.

Steve is a native of upstate New York, where he worked as an electro/mechanical drafter for a cryogenic refrigeration manufacturer. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technologies from Buffalo State College.

Cilia Kohn, Marketing and Communications, Grand Junction Economic Partnership

Cilia Kohn

Director of Marketing & Communications

Cilia is responsible for marketing the Grand Valley regionally and nationally. Cilia joined GJEP from Development Counsellors International,  a place marketing agency, where she worked with economic development organizations for large metros like Houston, Texas, to smaller, rural places, like Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Cilia’s past work experience spans from fashion public relations to public affairs at the American Water Works Association, lead generation marketing for Regis University and business development for UK Trade & Investment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing communications, and a Master of Science from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

A Swedish transplant to the valley, by way of New York City and Denver, Cilia enjoys exploring the great outdoors in  her new hometown with her husband, Brandon, and toddler boy.

Cilia Kohn, Marketing and Communications, Grand Junction Economic Partnership

Mara Hardy

Business Development Manager

At GJEP, Mara supports businesses that want to relocate to the Grand Valley. Her primary focus is on the tech, aerospace, and healthcare industries. Mara relocated from Denver where she had started her own consulting company, Inland Planning, to help communities implement their own initiatives and plans.

Prior to consulting, Mara worked at the Colorado Water Conservation Board. There, she directed TAP-IN Colorado – a program to connect the entrepreneurial and water sectors, oversaw the public outreach, education, and engagement efforts, and managed marketing and communications. Previously, Mara worked at the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. She received her Master of Urban and Regional Planning at CU Denver and her B.A. in Environmental Studies at CU Boulder.

Growing up in Colorado, Mara spent time exploring the outdoors and developing an appetite for adventure. So, the Grand Valley is the perfect place for her to call home.