Business forum returns to GJ

An organization dedicated to the improvement of all things Colorado is meeting this week in Grand Junction.

The Colorado Forum is a loose association of 65 members who include the chief executives of Colorado businesses and leading professionals in the state.

Forum members will meet today with Mesa State College President Tim Foster and tour the Mesa State campus, then gather for their annual meeting Friday at the Doubletree Hotel.

In bringing the Colorado Forum to Grand Junction, member Steve Meyer, president of Grand Junction-based Shaw Construction, said he wanted to show the progress that has been made at Mesa State and “illustrate the funding problems and challenges that higher ed is having to face.”

It’s a measure of the Colorado Forum’s interest in higher education that the members want to hear from Foster “and learn how he managed his money so well, so we can get some ideas,” said Gail Klapper, director of the Colorado Forum.

The Colorado Forum is nonpartisan and operates on consensus, but members can use their political influence to affect issues of the day.

In addition to education, the Colorado Forum studies transportation infrastructure improvements, water, health care, fiscal policy and the environment.

The forum has visited the Grand Valley in the past, the most recent time paying particular attention to the growing wine industry.

“We’re excited to have such a distinguished group of leaders from around Colorado on our campus,” Foster said of the meeting. “A lot has changed at Mesa State over the past few years, and I’m eager to share our story and get their feedback.”

Other Grand Valley members of the Colorado Forum include Mike Stahl, the chief executive officer of Hilltop Community Resources, and Daily Sentinel Publisher Jay Seaton.


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