Grand Junction's Downtown Development Authority and Business Improvement District board of directors have a new member.

Libby Olson, principal of downtown Grand Junction-based marketing and design firm GROWL Agency, attended her first board meeting Tuesday after being appointed by Grand Junction City Council.

She replaces Jason Farrington, vice president of Monument Oil. Farrington was term limited. The two entities share a board of directors and oversee downtown improvements and help promote businesses.

Olson and her husband, Greg, moved their company to Grand Junction in 2017 and have an office space in the building at 750 Main St. The two have been active in the business community since relocating from the Front Range.

Olson said she was approached by past board member Aaron Young to apply when he was stepping down. She was not appointed at that time, but after taking part in the authority's plan of development process, she was encouraged to apply again by Downtown Director Brandon Stam.

"Being part of that was a great experience," she said of the plan of development process. "It was really exciting."

Olson said she believes in Stam and his vision for downtown and wanted to be part of that growth.

"Grand Junction will grow whether people like it or not, but we have a chance to shape that and create a vibrant community without losing what makes us special," she said. "I wanted to be part of that both personally and as part of our business."

■ The American College of Nurse Midwives has designated Bloomin' Babies Birth Center as a Triple Aim Best Practice facility for the third consecutive year.

The designation recognizes practices that meet the Institute of Healthcare Improvement goals of improving the client experience, reducing the cost of care and improving the health of populations.

According to a press release from Bloomin' Babies, the business has demonstrated this with high breastfeeding rates, low preterm birth and cesarean rates, high rate of six-week postpartum visits and the affordability of its services.

Bloomin' Babies is located at 2241 N. Seventh St.

■ Colorado Keepers of the Western Slope is listed among ColoradoBIZ magazine's Top 100 Women-Owned Companies for the fourth consecutive year.

The company, which sends caregivers to the homes of clients to provide living assistance, came in at No. 48 on the list. In 2018, it was ranked No. 53. The business is owned by Grand Junction resident Ora Lee.

"I am surrounded with incredible women on my team that work literally day and night to not only brighten our clients' days, but create memorable moments," Lee said in a press release.

She also said it is inspiring to see women-led companies bringing innovative services to the communities in Colorado.

"Women in Colorado are making an impact in every industry, enterprise and workplace role imaginable," she said.

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