For better or for worse, the Grand Junction Off-Road mountain biking race has become the touchstone of a wide-ranging local debate about the role of government in economic development.
The race promoter, Epic Rides, says it can’t continue the event without public funding, but some local elected officials bristle at the thought of subsidizing a private enterprise.
That’s unfortunate because the three-day event delivers much more than sales and lodging tax receipts. But the skeptics seem to focus on a dollar-for-dollar return on investment.
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