The Grand Valley (Mesa County) is home to an abundance of striving agriculture, vibrant communities, and monumental structures of nature. It is surrounded by The Colorado National Monument, The Grand Mesa and The Book Cliffs, making up the iconic Mount Garfield. The economy continues to see an upward trend. Businesses and people alike move here for the quality of life, forward thinking of community leaders and entrepreneurs, and broad range of activities. Resources are provided to both the businesses and communities for information on development, events and business directories that help make the ease of living here effortless.

Continue reading and learn about six Grand Valley resources to always stay updated on.

  1. Visit Grand Junction

Visit Grand Junction is a great resource for people that want to visit Grand Junction and receive the whole package of the great outdoors, events, arts and culture. Take a short drive 10 minutes outside of the city and enjoy the marvelous red rock Colorado National Monument. Click on the press releases and you can find numerous written articles on topics such as the GJ Visitor Center, new additions such as the Mobile Center and exploring Grand Junction. Visit GJ is a department of The City of Grand Junction and they ask those who are entering into town to stop by the visitor center and talk to the experts on what Grand Junction is all about. Their website highlights that “The Power of Tourism” has brought a large amount of jobs, revenue and visitors. Instagram is a social media platform they use often, which they advocate those who visit to #shareGJ.

The Colorado National Monument during the winter months.

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  1. Downtown Grand Junction

You may have seen the hashtag #westslopebestslope and thought “Wow, how clever. I wonder who started that?” Brought to you by Downtown Grand Junction, the hash tag now has over 33,000 affiliated posts on Instagram and has become a widely known campaign advocate for the western slope. Downtown Grand Junction makes for a wonderful resource when looking to spend time downtown, explore developing projects and utilize the numerous amenities. If you find your way to their website, you’ll come across the “Biz Directory” that has every business listed in the downtown district. Ranging from dining, night life, art or lodging, everything you need is at the click (or touch) of your fingertips. Downtowns are the heart of a city, and Downtown GJ works diligently to give the community and it’s guests the most enjoyable experience every single day.

Take a stroll down Main St., and you’ll see a wide variety of 100 art pieces, forming the year-round outdoor sculpture exhibit, Art on the Corner(AOTC).

Art on the Corner has over 100 pieces downtown.

The Downtown Development Authority(DDA) and Business Improvement District (BID) dedicate their efforts to make sure the downtown area is constantly evolving to improve in the best interest of the community and it’s businesses. They are two different entities working for the same goal—to make Downtown Grand Junction the best downtown in the state of Colorado.

The DDA works on projects that make downtown convenient such as free Wi-Fi and bike racks. Large projects such as the riverfront development and Las Colonia’s Park has jumpstarted the vision of a downtown incorporated with water.

The BID is what some may call the “fun stuff.” Business and commercial property owners within the BID boundary voted to fund marketing, promotions, public relations, advertising and special events. Hop on over to the website, and you’ll find the list of the signature downtown events such as The Farmers Markets (starting June 21st), 4th of July Parade (July 4th) and the Fuoco Motor Company Downtown Car Show (Sep. 22).

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  1. Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP)

The GJEP is home of the Grand Valley’s business development. The private non-profit incorporated organization functions as an economic development agency that works to recruit and retain businesses in the cities of Grand Junction, Fruita, town of Palisade and surrounding regions. They stand out by providing free business services that are funded by their investors and economic development partners. If you are looking to relocate, expand, or create a business, head to GJEP for lists of comprehensive resources, free of charge. Their website has everything you need to help move forward your business goals. The Grand Valley’s fruitful economy, quality of living and atmosphere make an optimal location for businesses to relocate or open new offices. Want to learn more about a Silicon Valley Firm opening up its second office in the Grand Valley? Read here.

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  1. Go Fruita

Go Fruita is Fruita’s resource for all there is to do, plus more. Much like Visit Grand Junction and Visit Palisade, their website gives you information on indoor/outdoor activities, restaurants, local businesses and sleeping accommodations. A few of the main attractions Fruita has to offer is the vast “Dinosaur Territory” where you can search for fossils, visit museums and learn about paleontology. The city has miles upon miles of amazing biking trails. From just simple cruising or hardcore mountain biking, there are trails for all skill levels. Looking for a refreshing body of water? You can find whitewater rafting taking place on the mighty Colorado River at 120 cubic feet per second. Fruita is also famous for their fun and creative festivals and events. Country Jam (June 14-17) features worldwide known artists, Mike the Headless Chicken Festival (June 1-2) celebrates the life of a famous headless chicken, Mike, and the Thursday Night Concert Series is a free concert every Thursday from June to August.

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  1. Business Incubator

The Business Incubator advocates for the entrepreneur mindset. They are a great tool for go-getters, businessmen/businesswomen and small businesses. The incubator offers low-cost or free coaching, networking and classes.  Some of their projects include:

FWorks: A newly opened coworking space that hopes to bring in businesses from out of town and other collaborative, entrepreneurial minds.

Attendees at the grand opening of FWorks talk coworking.

GJ Makerspace: A community of innovative and hard-working individuals, the GJ Makerspace provides workspace for anyone interested in learning more about technology or who wants to make their marketable ideas come to life.

Commercial Kitchen: The incubator offers a licensed 2,500 sq. foot commercial kitchen for our local food industry. This can range from food caters, food trucks and food product producers. There are also resources for product development, ingredient sourcing, packaging and labeling, shelf-life information, nutritional analysis and marketing strategies.

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  1. Visit Palisade

Visit Palisade has everything you need to find from your wine or peach cravings to information about skiing and mountain biking. Located only 40 minutes from Powderhorn Ski Resort, Palisade offers some of the most diverse options to stay active. There are 31 orchards and farms in Palisade that focus on providing only the freshest and healthiest produce. Palisade Peaches may ring a bell to you. It could be because you’ll find stands set up all around Mesa County selling delicious, juicy peaches or because peach trees line properties up and down all over Palisade. The city has 23 vineyards that use only locally grown grapes and is home to the Peach Street Distillery, famous for their Bloody Mary’s. If you’re looking to see a beautiful, rich, green valley, make sure to stop in Palisade, Colorado.

A man plays with his dogs at the Riverbend Park in Palisade, CO.

Visit Palisade says, “Life tastes good here all year long,” and we couldn’t agree more! If you’re interested in hearing what news stations and bloggers around the nation are saying, check out the Palisade Buzz.

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As you can see, The Grand Valley has a lot to offer. Stop by and see for yourself what all the talk is about.

The Grand Mesa – Photo taken by Ryne Dutcher