GJEP launches $1.5M campaign

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership launched a $1.5 million fundraising campaign Wednesday.

The economic development organization hopes to persuade donors to commit at least $1.5 million to the group over the next five years, with some donors agreeing to give a certain amount each of those five years. Executive Director Kelly Flenniken said it’s easier for the three-person GJEP office to gather five year’s worth of committed dollars this year than to continuously campaign for funds.

Campaign dollars will go toward everyday operations at GJEP and prospecting activities.

GJEP already is halfway to its fundraising goal with $750,000 in donations earmarked for the next five years prior to the official start of the campaign. Flenniken said the economic partnership’s board and she will meet with existing donors and new businesses in town to try to raise the rest of the money. Donations from individuals also are welcome.

Those who want to donate can call GJEP at 245-4332.

The economic partnership’s mission is to provide information for businesses interesting in relocating to the Grand Valley or opening a branch office in the valley.

Flenniken said the first few weeks of January already have been busy with prospective businesses asking GJEP for information about opening a work site in the Grand Valley.

Flenniken said she has heard most often from manufacturing companies in 2012 and so far in 2013, followed by energy industry-affiliated businesses and business services companies.


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