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December 3, 2015

Grand Valley Drainage Fee Update
The Grand Valley Drainage District (GVDD) held two public forums this week that were open to the public to educate attendees regarding the state of the GVDD conveyance system. The infrastructure is overdue for improvements needed to mitigate flooding and manage stormwater. Various Chamber Board members and staff were present at both forums with the intention of asking the Board to delay implementation and work toward a valley wide solution that may be less impactful on businesses and commercial property owners. Click here for more details.

Grand Junction Chamber Urges More Funding for Transportation
The Grand Junction Chamber joined Club 20 and other Chambers of Commerce on the front range in sending a letter to Governor Hickenlooper praising his efforts to make transportation funding a priority in 2016. For too long transportation and higher education have borne the brunt of less general fund allocations and transportation is a key element in a strong economic development effort. To read the letter, click here

2016 Economic Forecast at Quarterly Luncheon
On December 14th Rich Wobbekind, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado will be presenting his 2015 recap of the federal, state and local economy and provide a forecast for 2016. This is always the most popular membership meeting of the year and you won’t want to miss it. Click here to make a reservation.

Lift the Ban
The U.S. is the largest oil and natural gas producer in the world, nearly doubling domestic production and creating surpluses that could be sold overseas. Our nation is still the only oil producing country that prohibits exporting crude oil. Lifting the ban makes smart economic sense for America because it could create 1.5 million supply chain jobs as well as adding $220 billion in annual GDP growth by 2018. It's time for Congress to act and bring U.S. energy policy into the 21st century. Join the Chamber in telling Congressional leaders that it's time to lift the ban on crude oil exports. Sign the petition TODAY! 

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