The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) is pleased to announce Curtis Englehart as the new executive director. Mr. Englehart is a self-motivated leader with a proven track record in workforce and economic development. He has nearly ten years of experience in creating strong community partnerships at the senior leadership level. 

Most recently, Mr. Englehart served as director for the Mesa County Workforce CenterPrior to joining the Mesa County Workforce Center in 2015, he served as Human Services Administrator for the Mesa County Department of Human Services. Mr. Englehart has extensive experience in strategic planning, grant writing and management and is an accomplished legislative and labor market expert. 

Mr. Englehart succeeds Robin Brown, who served as the previous executive director for GJEP until August 2021. Following Robin Brown’s resignation from the position to join Colorado Mesa University as the Foundation CEO and vice president of development, Steve Jozefczyk served as the interim director. Mr. Englehart will begin his new job at GJEP on August 3rd, 2022.

“Curtis is a very talented, dedicated professional with exceptional leadership, business and communication skills that make him uniquely qualified for this dynamic role,” said Karen TroesterGJEP Board of Directors ChairCurtis continues to be a key player in leading economic development initiatives in western Colorado. His knowledge and enthusiasm for communities throughout western Colorado is admirable and will prove beneficial as we continue to foster positive growth and development of the business industry,” added Troester. 

“I am extremely excited to join the GJEP team as the next executive director, said Curtis EnglehartGJEP’s mission to create a strong and diverse economy and improved quality of life is tremendously exciting and one that I am committed to supporting. I want to thank the GJEP Board for their support and trust in me to lead this great organization. 

GJEP strives to bring economic development to the Grand Valley by helping businesses grow and discover new opportunities for innovation. GJEP recruits and provides development opportunities for businesses throughout Mesa County and the surrounding regions. As a non-profit organization, GJEP provides free business services and operates with the support of the community, investors and economic development partners.


Listen to an interview with Curtis during GJEP’s Business Beat!