GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (June 17, 2021) – The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) is pleased to announce that the City of Grand Junction has been recognized as a “Best Place to Move/Open a Business” by ColoradoBiz magazine in its 2021 Best of Colorado special issue. Awardees are selected by ColoradoBiz’s readers, giving business leaders and consumers a chance to share their opinion on who they believe are the best service providers in categories ranging from law firms to MBA programs to fitness clubs to best places to mountain bike. Nearly 22,000 votes were cast across 98 categories. “Best Place to Move/Open a Business” falls under the umbrella category “Best of Personal Fulfillment” and Grand Junction was selected as a runner-up alongside the cities of Arvada, Colorado Springs and Westminster – Superior took home the category.

“We are delighted to be recognized by ColoradoBiz. Grand Junction has invested heavily in creating a healthy business environment, which includes developing great transportation infrastructure, business-friendly development regulations, and an increased focus on public safety,” said Mayor Chuck McDaniel. “These investments create an environment where businesses can flourish and the City is proud to be part of that process.”

“Colorado is still not back to ‘business as usual,’ said Mike Taylor, editor at ColoradoBiz and architect of this year’s Best of Colorado issue… “In a way, that means this year’s [awardees], not just surviving but thriving in this tepid environment, are truly a cut above the rest. My congratulations to all the [awardees] and hope their popularity at the ballot box extends to success and sustainability within their [communities].”

As in past years, Data Joe, a Colorado Springs-based data research firm, managed the Best of Colorado online ballot system that was open to voters at since the beginning of the year.

In addition to its eNewsletters, exclusive interviews, content and networking events, Coloradobiz is known for special issues such as Best of Colorado, Top Company and Top Women in Business. Every year, ColoradoBiz performs extensive research, collects industry data and facilitates reader voting to produce various business rankings.

Media Contact:
Cilia Kohn
Grand Junction Economic Partnership
P: 720.272.1777


About ColoradoBiz
ColoradoBiz magazine has been the authoritative voice of businesses statewide since 1973. In print and online, its mission is to inform and engage readers with coverage of the people, trends, issues and enterprises impacting Colorado’s business landscape. In addition, individual and company standouts are recognized through numerous awards programs and performance-based lists. Learn more at

About the Grand Junction Economic Partnership
The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) works to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the Grand Junction area by supporting high-impact capital investment and job creation. GJEP is a single stop for businesses looking to relocate or expand in the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita, the Town of Palisade and surrounding communities of Colorado’s Grand Valley (Mesa County). Operating as a 501(c)3, GJEP offers free services that connect businesses with realtors, developers, workforce, local leadership and more. GJEP also provides guidance on incentive programs, such as the Rural Jump-Start Tax Credit and Opportunity Zones. Join us in the New West – visit for more information.