On August 1, 2022, The Daily Sentinel announced the onboarding of the new GJEP Executive Director, Curtis Englehart.

Curtis Englehart has been with the Mesa County Workforce Center since 2015, serving as its director. On Wednesday, he’ll step into the economic partnership’s executive director role, taking charge of an organization with which he has frequently collaborated for the past five-and-a-half years.

“I have a deep passion for economic development and I’ve really been able to work in that realm as the workforce center director,” Englehart said. “I don’t think you can have workforce development without economic development, and you can’t have economic development without workforce development. They really do go hand in hand. I really feel like my background has prepared me well for this role.”

Englehart said that when it comes to recruiting businesses to the Grand Valley, he wants the organization to focus on industries and businesses with primary jobs, such as manufacturing, IT (information technology) and outdoor recreation. However, in his mind, the sky is the limit when it comes to diversifying Mesa County’s economy.

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