The Chamber recently joined the Unlock American Investment coalition, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The coalition was formed to support and advance the recent effort to reform and modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed updates to NEPA will improve environmental permitting and reduce delays that hamper the construction of infrastructure projects. The White House Council on Environmental Quality will be taking public comment on the proposal until March 10, 2020.


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Chamber Opposes Gray Wolf Reintroduction Ballot Initiative:


This morning, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose the Gray Wolf Reintroduction Initiative, that will be on the 2020 ballot. This initiative would require the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to create a plan to introduce and manage the gray wolves on lands west of the continental divide. The introduction of gray wolves will have severe consequences on the agricultural industry, which contributes more than $40 billion to the Colorado economy each year, and provides more than 173,000 jobs.