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Heavy equiptment sits on site of new development taking shape along the Colorado River in Grand Junction, Colo.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says the Bureau of Land Management is more likely to relocate its headquarters to Denver than Grand Junction, even though his administration is more supportive of the federal agency moving to the Western Slope.

Either way, the Democrat said he’s “cautiously optimistic” Colorado will win the bidding war with other Western states and land hundreds of new jobs.

“Denver is the most likely site even though we are more supportive of Grand Junction from an economic development perspective,” Polis said at a luncheon event with business leaders Wednesday in Denver. “They seem to be favoring a metro area, just because we don’t have enough flights out of Grand Junction. We are pushing Grand Junction, we are pushing both.”

Grand Junction is working hard to land the headquarters for the agency that oversees public lands as the Trump administration considers relocating it from Washington, D.C. Local leaders see it as a potential transformative, economic boon for the region. The city has been aware, however, that its lack of a direct flight to the nation’s capital could be a potential sticking point.

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