120 years: 1995
The arts and higher education are forerunners in the city’s development in 1995. The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce reports that Mesa State College contributes $138 million to the local economy each year. The college receives a grant from the Colorado Council on Higher Education for $185,166 to extend their distance learning programs.
The Performing Arts Conservatory is founded by Rachel Nelson Fortner and the first Celtic Highlands Fair & Games is held.
The Grand Junction Senior Theatre makes its debut at the Avalon with a Follies show directed by Evelyn Kyle and Ginger Rice.
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