The Grand Junction Economic Partnership Releases Speaker List, Agenda

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (March 29, 2022) – Colorado Mesa University Associate Professor of Economics, Nathan Perry, PhD, will provide the luncheon keynote address during the Western Colorado Economic Summit (WCES) on April 26 at the Grand Junction Convention Center.

“Dr. Perry is an engaging and informed speaker,” said Karen Troester, President and CEO of the Grand Junction Federal Credit Union and current Board Chair of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP), which hosts the event. “Perry also has intimate knowledge of the state of our local economy, which makes him the ideal keynote for the Summit.”

The speaker list for the 2022 WCES was posted today on the event website – – and includes several illustrious names alongside Dr. Perry. Will Toor, Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office, and Dan Haley, President & CEO of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association will each host a session on different aspects of the energy industry and how current trends may impact the western slope. Colorado Mesa University President John Marshall returns for a fireside chat with Dr. Brian Hill, incoming Superintendent for Mesa County Valley School District 51. Steve Boice and Margie Joy of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) will lead a session on innovative housing solutions to address demand for affordable and attainable housing.

In addition, many local business and community leaders will participate in sessions covering remote work, placemaking through arts and culture, transportation and commercial real estate. GJEP will kick off with its annual update, as well as hand out two awards during lunch: the Joseph C. Prinster Leadership Award and the Spirit of Economic Development Award sponsored by Charter Communications. GJEP is accepting nominations for both awards through end of day Thursday, March 31.

Details on the two economic development awards, the WCES speaker list and a detailed agenda can now be found on

WCES is made possible in large part thanks to its sponsors, including six-time title sponsor and founding partner Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties and Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties; platinum sponsor SCL Health/ St. Mary’s Medical Center; gold sponsor Community Hospital; media sponsor The Colorado Sun; silver sponsor CHFA; and beverage sponsor North Peak Inc.

“Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties and Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties are excited to work with the Grand Junction Economic Partnership as the founding partner of WCES. We are dedicated to the region’s real estate industry within our communities, and we look forward to another insightful discussion with local leaders on the growth of the western slope,” said Ryan Brown, President of Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties and Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties, the WCES title sponsor.

WCES takes place on Tuesday, April 26, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Grand Junction Convention Center. Gold and silver sponsorship opportunities remain, as do table sponsorships. For information on sponsorships, contact Britain Garza at, or call 970.245.4332.

Individual tickets can be purchased online for $75 at – advanced online sales end on April 19.

Press Passes and General Media Contact:
Cilia Kohn
Grand Junction Economic Partnership
P: 720.272.1777


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. Visit for more information.

About WCES
GJEP launched the Western Colorado Economic Summit, WCES, in 2016 as a forum for regional business leaders, policy makers and community leaders to come together to learn about and discuss the key topics impacting the western slope now and in the future. The event also serves as GJEP’s annual meeting and main fundraising event. Visit for more information and registration.