Workshop 2 | Grand Junction, Colo.

The second Innovation Challenge workshop was held in Grand Junction, Colo., from September 16-18, 2015. Materials and resources from the workshop can be found below.

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Selected Teams
  • Team Lead: Moffat County, Colo.
    • This team includes representatives from Moffat County; the City of Craig; Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership; Craig Chamber of Commerce; and Moffat County Tourism Association.​​​​​
  • Team Lead: Region 10 Economic Assistance and Planning, Inc.
    • ​Representing Delta County and Montrose County, Colo.
    • This team includes representatives Delta County; the City of Delta; West End Economic Development Organization; and Telluride Foundation for West End Montrose County.
  • ​​Team Lead: Rio Blanco County, Colo.
    • ​ This team includes representatives from Rio Blanco County; the Town of Rangely; Rangely Chamber of Commerce; Colorado Northwestern Community College; and Rangely Auto Parts.
  • ​Team Lead: Routt County, Colo.
    • ​This team includes representatives from Routt County and the Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council.
  • Team Lead: Sherburne County, Minn.
    • ​​This team includes representatives from Sherburne County; Xcel Energy; Initiative Foundation; Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation; and the City of Becker​​​​​.
  • Team Lead: Snowy Mountain Development Corporation
    • Representing Musselshell County, Mont.
    • This team includes representatives from Musselshell County; the City of Roundup; Coila Evans Art & Gift Gallery; and ABT Companies.
  • Team Lead: Carbon County and Emery County, Utah  
    • This team includes representatives from Carbon County; Emery County; Utah State University’s Darbon Energy Innovation Center; and the Southeastern Utah Economic Development District.
  • Team Lead: Six County Association of Governments
    • ​Representing Utah Counties of Juab, Kane, Millard and Sevier
    • This team includes representatives from Sevier County; Kane County; Juab County; Millard County; and Snow College.
Geographies Represented



Workshop Agenda
Innovation Challenge Grand Junction Workshop Agenda
Workshop Materials

Welcome and Team Presentations: Who’s In the Room?


Panel Discussion: From Downturn to Transition


Opening Plenary: Partnerships and Resources to Root the Transition


Exploring Data and Tools: Concurrent Sessions


Luncheon Keynote: Building Communities that Create Prosperity and Opportunity


Panel Discussion: Regional Partnerships to Implement a Vision


Final Team Presentations