July 3, 2018 – Gov. John Hickenlooper (CO) proclaimed his support for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to move its headquarters to Grand Junction in a letter to U.S. Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt sent June 21st. In the letter, the Governor states:
“Grand Junction is an ideal location for the BLM to conduct its operations: The area is centrally located in the region and offers a high quality of life for residents. The presence of the BLM in Grand Junction would also yield substantial benefits for the local economy which is heavily driven by public lands.” (Read the letter.)
The Governor’s endorsement puts the spotlight on an ongoing campaign by GJEP and several economic development partners to relocate the BLM HQ to western Colorado. Of the 249.8 million acres of public lands administered by the BLM, over 90% are located between western Colorado and the West Coast, making Grand Junction an ideal gateway. Mesa County itself is comprised of over 75% public lands – and nearly 1 million BLM-administered acres.
Photo courtesy Visit Grand Junction, shows Rattlesnake Canyon, one of many BLM-administered natural wonders in Colorado’s Grand Valley.