Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sales Tax Trend Going in Right Direction

KKCO reported on Jan. 15 about the positive trends the County is seeing regarding sales tax collection. 6 of the lat 7 months have been higher year 2012 month over 2013 month, and 2013 finished with a slight improvement year over year as well. See the video of the story at this link!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

County Seeks Federal Accountability for Stormwater Drainage

Mesa County Commissioners Monday, January 13, voted 3-0 in favor of a resolution seeking greater Federal responsibility and management of stormwater drainage originating on Federal lands. The County joins partners from the 521 Drainage Authority, including the City of Fruita, Town of Palisade, City of Grand Junction and the Grand Valley Drainage District, who have already passed similar resolutions.

73% of Mesa County is public land owned by the Federal Government and managed by the BLM and the National Forrest Service. The purpose of the Resolution is to notify Congress that the 521 Drainage Authority would like financial backing and active participation in the management of the stormwater drainage that originates on these lands.

Stormwater is not treated, instead running directly into area waterways. Stormwater management works to control pollution, such as fertilizers and other toxins, which could be picked up in runoff. Increasingly stringent federal environmental regulations for stormwater quality requires the Drainage Authority to undertake additional costly actions to control and monitor pollution in stormwater.

The signed resolution now heads to Denver to garner statewide political backing before coming before Mesa County’s congressional representatives for introduction to Congress.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Mesa County Makes Top Tech Business Startup Area

Mesa County Included in Top Tech Startup Sites

Governor Hickenlooper Notes Top Billing During Recent Visit

MESA COUNTY, COLO Jan. 13, 2014 According to a recent article in the publication Entrepreneur and lauded by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper during his recent visit to Grand Junction, Mesa County is included on a list of best areas for a tech startup. In recognition of that consideration Mesa County Commissioners, along with elected officials and leaders of the City of Fruita, will this Wednesday tour the new Fruita branch of the Business Incubator Center while promoting the services the Incubator offers area businesses and startups.
For 22 years the award winning Business Incubator, the Grand Valley’s center for entrepreneurship, has aided the economic development of Mesa County by offering comprehensive services to businesses. With the 2013 opening of the Fruita branch, the Business Incubator has expanded to meet the needs of more local businesses. 
A walkthrough and media event will be held at the Fruita branch of the Business Incubator, 325 E. Aspen, on Wednesday, January 15, at 3:30pm. Business Incubator staff along with elected officials from both the City of Fruita and Mesa County will be on-hand to comment on the value the Incubator Center provides, explain how the Center can help get an idea turned into a viable business and celebrate recent successes.
Commissioner Rose Pugliese says, “For many years the Business Incubator has offered proven results in expanding and diversifying Mesa County’s economy. The Incubator provides essential services to small businesses including loans and financial assistance, counseling and workshops, and business development. We celebrate the Incubator Center as an investment that is making tangible returns in the economic development of not just the City of Fruita, but in all of Mesa County.”
Please be on hand to acknowledge the successes of the Business Incubator and promote the business development opportunities the Center affords Grand Valley entrepreneurs.

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