The Western Slope’s outdoor recreation economy had everything but a bachelor’s degree. Colorado Mesa is changing that.
Bonsai Designs boss Sarah Shrader sparked development of a new outdoor recreation industry studies program to help create the next generation of business leaders.
The Western Slope economy was already improving. Then Opportunity Zones added a power boost.
Montrose and Grand Junction are at the forefront of new investment through the tax program created to bolster growth in rural and low-income areas.
Are Colorado’s oil and gas and recreation industries all that different? Economists say no — and we need to protect them both
Both industries have impacts on land and rural communities, but “we can coexist” in pursuit of economic diversity, say promoters of recreation and energy