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WHERE TECHNOLOGY MEETS NATURE.

 

Chuck Hull, inventor of 3D printing, was born in Grand Junction. Mesa County Sheriff’s Department flew the first drone used in law enforcement in the country.

Colorado’s oldest solar energy company, Atlasta Solar, still operates here today.

Tech innovation is in our DNA in Colorado’s Grand Valley and a slew of budding tech entrepreneurs are banding together to create the next great tech hub, with a keen eye toward the environment. From cleantech and agtech to building apps that navigate trails or capturing adventure junkies on film using drones and GoPros, Grand Valley’s tech scene is growing as vast as our great outdoors.

Six reasons why Colorado’s Grand Valley is the next great tech hub:

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The Grand Valley has a long legacy in agriculture, energy and healthcare, which just happens to be three of the fastest-growing areas for technology business.

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Situated an equidistance from two of America’s top emerging tech hubs (Denver-Boulder, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah), the similarities are many, but it’s what we don’t have that makes the Grand Valley stand out: no congestion, no lines, no insurmountable business costs.

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The Grand Junction metro is the telecommunications hub (LATA Tandem) of western Colorado with an extensive technical infrastructure in place and supportive local government proactively looking to grow tech opportunities in the community.

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Jump-Start Mesa County, an 8-year tax holiday for business, is one of the many benefits for tech entrepreneurs who choose Colorado’s Grand Valley. Learn more.
The Monfort Family Human Performance Lab in Grand Junction, CO, attracts worldwide athletes

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Colorado Mesa University is the fastest-growing university in the state and offers extensive academic programs in technologies and engineering. The Maverick Innovation Center connects CMU’s brightest students with the local business community.

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FACTORY – a Proximity Space (formerly LAUNCHWestCO) offers education, networking and coworking space to 300+ local developers, designers and tech entrepreneurs.

Explore Tech Industry Data for the Grand Valley

THE GRAND VALLEY TECH COMMUNITY

THE CREATIVESInspired by nature, empowered by creative technologies, these are some of the artists in the Grand Valley tech community:

Vitality Films | Facing West Media | 14K Media | Hoptocopter Films

See how  Vitality Films captured Colorado’s unmatched outdoor playground.

THE JUMP-STARTERSThe Jump-Start tax credit program, which kicked off in Mesa County, Colorado, in 2016, has yielded some true innovators in the tech space:

Adaptive Towers | ProStar Geocorp | TSW Analytical | GSI Energy | Colorado Clean | KAART Group | Qmast LLC
Violet Gro | Dude Solutions | Visual Globe

Hear from one Jump-Start Mesa County participant: ProStar Geocorp.

THE SUPPORT NETWORK | From suppliers and help desks to advocates and educators, here are some of your friends in the Grand Valley tech community:

32 Waves | Colorado Technology Association | Century Link | FACTORY  – a Proximity Space | Maverick Innovation Center | Networks Unlimited, Inc. | Provelocity | The Business Incubator

Get a recap of the COTech Tour in Grand Junction with the  Colorado Technology Association.

Hear Launch West Co talk about GOCODE and how the competition spurred an entire tech community.

Industry News and Events

Grand Junction in Top 25 for High-Tech GDP Growth

February 21, 2019 - Last month, the Milken Institute, a world-renowned nonpartisan think tank, released its annual rankings of the "Best Performing Cities". The so-called BPC index measures which "American metropolitan areas offer the greatest

Grand Junction Named “Tech Zone”

November 12, 2018 - Innovation & Tech Today featured Grand Junction as its "tech zone" in the Fall 2018 issue, stating: "As the Denver business boom expands westward, Grand Junction finds the ideal blend of

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Reasons 1, 3, 4: Leitner-Poma of America
Reason 5: Ken Redding/Colorado Mesa University