Friday, September 16, 2016

This Week in Pics

Men from the Department of Human Services and the Workforce Center teamed up as Team Super Heroes and competed in the Men in Heels Race to raise funds and awareness for the Latimer House and victims of domestic violence. They ran, raised and won third place!

Team Super Heros with Commissioner Rose Pugliese
From left, Joe Stroh, Victor Carreras, Adrian Lara, Brian Oney, Curtis Englehart
Team Super Heroes helped raise over $1,500!

Mesa County's Criminal Justice Servies Department (CJSD) has implemented reforms to the pre-trial justice system that have gained national recognition. At the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies annual conference held in Utah. Joel Bishop, CJSD manager, and Commissioner Pugliese spoke about Mesa County's reforms to county representatives from across the country.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese and  (to her right) Joel Bishop at the NAPSA conference

Mesa County Department of Human Services and the Workforce Center each month presents awards to employees who extraordinary exhibit the following values: humanity, balance, honesty, inclusion, and teamwork. Congratulations, Value Champs!

From left, Executive Director Tracey Garchar presents award to this month's champs: Derek Lofing, Julia Guntle, Grant Jackson, Kim Petek (Champs not pictured - Joe Gaizutis, Dyann Walt, Mike Bradbury, Jessica Branson)

The Workforce Center is celebrating National Workforce Development this month and has hosted a variety of hiring events.

Workforce Center staff greeting job seekers for a StarTek hiring event. From left, Kasey Watt and Brandy Fletcher

It's been a busy week for the Noxious Weed & Pest Management!

Volunteers joined the county crew to search for and dig up yellow starthistle on the Mesa
Looking for yellow starthistle

Iain Cooley, Teresa Nees, and Melissa Bamford were joined by partners from UT DNR and the GJ Bureau of Reclamation on a river trip in town to find and treat purple loosestrife.

Teresa Nees and Mel Bamford having way too much fun collecting samples op phragmites to study.

Teresa Nees hosted a booth at the Palisade Framers Market

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Local businesses approved for Business Personal Property Tax payment incentives

Mesa County’s Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT) incentive program is designed to spur economic growth by creating a tax-friendly environment for new and existing businesses that qualify under state law.

The provisions of C.R.S. 30-11-123 authorizes counties to reimburse a company up to 100 percent of the county's share of BPPT revenue on newly-acquired equipment (not replacement) for up to a decade. The Board of Mesa County Commissioners was able to approve rebates to Lewis Engineering Inc., Reynolds Polymer Technology Inc. and Edgewater Brewery, and approve a tax incentive agreement with Powderhorn Ski Company LLC. 

Altogether, these companies employ almost 300 people and have each invested at least $1,000,000 in new equipment within their business. Some of the companies even ship their products worldwide.

The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce processed the expanding businesses’ applications to ensure applicants meet the requirements outlined by C.R.S. 39-30-105(7)(c)(III)(A) before recommending that the Board of Mesa County Commissioners approve the tax incentive payments agreements.

The tax incentive program is a means to stimulate investment and economic development in Mesa County without affecting the current tax base.