It is hard to put down in writing what a vibrant, vital and unique place Grand Junction is. What you have before you is this city “by the numbers.” But numbers often don’t tell the whole story. Due to early geographic isolation and settlement by self-sufficient and resourceful individuals this community has a character that is at once independent, welcoming and entrepreneurial. Grand Junction was carved out of Ute Indian Territory in 1882 and was one of the last cities established in Colorado. Averaging two to three percent growth from those early days to the end of the 20th century, the community grew into a prosperous regional hub for health care, education and a variety of retail and service products. Recently Grand Junction has also become a hub for energy development in this area of the Rocky Mountains. Natural gas, along with coal, uranium and other minerals are being extracted on public and private lands throughout the Western Slope of Colorado. With more than two thirds of the surrounding county owned by the federal government, outdoor recreation and enjoyment is a favorite pastime of local residents during the daytime. Evenings bring a variety of entertainment venues in several commercial regions of the city, including our award-winning downtown area. We hope you find this preliminary information useful. Please feel free to contact the resources listed for more in-depth information. You can also contact the Chamber at 970-242-3214 or info(at)gjchamber(dotted)org.
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