FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [September 22, 2017 | Grand Junction, CO] – Kristi Pollard, Executive Director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP), has resigned. Her last day with GJEP will be October 20, 2017.
Pollard has led GJEP since January 2015, spearheading key efforts such as the implementation of Mesa County as the first-ever Rural Jump-Start Tax Credit program, which has accepted seven companies during her tenure, projected to add over 600 jobs to the county. Pollard was also instrumental in retaining Bonsai Design and coordinating efforts with the City of Grand Junction to develop a $30 million business and recreational development at Las Colonias Park.
“I want to thank Kristi for her vision, execution and commitment to advancing the mission of GJEP over the past two and a half years. Kristi’s hard work has rejuvenated Colorado’s Grand Valley, not only in terms of bringing in new business and more jobs, but also encouraging more regional collaboration and community engagement in our economic development efforts,” said Dr. Brian Davidson, GJEP Vice Chair.
Pollard will relocate to the Front Range this fall, where she has accepted a position as CEO of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, starting October 30.
“I am confident in our ability to quickly find a strong successor and to continue the momentum we’re experiencing in the Grand Valley,” said Dr. Davidson on efforts to recruit a new Executive Director. “Kristi has laid a great foundation for the organization and established a highly competent team to lead our efforts forward in any interim.”
The GJEP Board of Directors will begin an immediate search for her replacement.