Workforce Focus: Site Selection & Quality Of Life

Community involvement and access to a rich variety of activities and amenities have climbed the list of factors for site decisions.

Grand Junction, Colorado: Nature And Culture Abound

Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Western Slope, the greater Grand Junction area stands as a shining example of the perfect fusion between modern living and the tranquility of nature. The area is the largest metropolitan region between Denver, CO and Salt Lake City, UT, and is home to a nationally recognized, ACT Certified labor force. It includes direct access to I-70 and a regional airport, providing accessibility to major cities and new markets.

Thanks to its affordable cost of living and attractive amenities, the Grand Junction area is a lucrative destination for companies looking to recruit and retain top talent. Key industries include healthcare, advanced manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, technology and entrepreneurship, agriculture, and outdoor recreation.

Grand Junction Colorado
The greater Grand Junction area in Western Colorado offers an abundance of outdoor recreation adventures, along with an array of education and healthcare institutions. (Photo: Grand Junction Economic Partnership)

Natural Beauty & Outdoor Recreation. The greater Grand Junction area includes the City of Grand Junction, the City of Fruita, and the Town of Palisade. Receiving over 245 sunny days per year, the area is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts with the Colorado National Monument, Grand Mesa National Forest, the mighty Colorado River, and plenty of open space.

Western Colorado is known for its spectacular views, world-class trails, and abundance of outdoor adventures. Residents enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities year-round, from river rafting and mountain biking to skiing and snowshoeing.

Community & Culture. Western Colorado is home to a vibrant and growing art scene that welcomes a variety of creative and family-friendly activities. Downtown Grand Junction is a certified Creative District that hosts regular events, concerts, and public art installations. The city also includes a popular outdoor amphitheater that hosts top performers every summer.

The area is home to many nationally recognized festivals including the Palisade Peach Festival, Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, and the Colorado Mountain Wine Festival, so there’s always something for visitors and residents to enjoy.

Education & Opportunity. From pre-K to postgraduate, the greater Grand Junction area cultivates a maverick spirit. The region is home to Colorado Mesa University and CMU Tech, one of the fastest-growing higher education institutions in the country. With a focus on academic excellence and a wide array of extracurricular activities, the region’s educational institutions prepare students for success in an ever-changing world.  The presence of Colorado Mesa University provides a direct talent pipeline of graduates and alumni for employers who are seeking to grow their businesses.

Health & Wellness. Access to quality healthcare is key to a high quality of life and the Grand Junction area excels in this regard. The region is a healthcare hub that is home to four hospitals and an abundance of healthcare specialists ensuring that residents have access to cutting-edge medical care and wellness services.

The greater Grand Junction area is for those who want more for themselves, their families, and their employees. It’s home to shovel-ready sites, attractive commercial real estate, and a strong business network.

To learn more, visit www.gjep.org.

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