City Recognizes Broad Role of Economic Development by Funding Community Agencies

Economic Development Funding
Pictured with Mayor Taggart in each photo, left to right: Hilltop Community Resources, Inc. CEO, Mike Stahl; Western Slope Center for Children Executive Director, Melissa Lytle; STRiVE Vice President of Development, Doug Sorter; Mind Springs, Inc., Executive Vice President, Kim Boe and Board Chair, Carol Skubic; HomewardBound of the Grand Valley Executive Director Greg Moore; and Grand Junction Housing Authority COO, Scott Aker and Board Chair, Tim Hudner  

During the Wednesday night City Council meeting, Mayor Rick Taggart presented six Grand Junction organizations with checks as part of the City’s annual economic development funding process.

Each year City Council allocates funding to organizations in our community whose roles vary, but ultimately bolster economic development in Grand Junction through the services they provide, the construction projects they engage in and the community members they employ. These organizations all help extend the reach of the City by providing services and programs that the City does not provide directly. The agencies represented here are only a portion of the organizations the City allocates funds to out of the Economic Development Fund.

Funds awarded and uses include:

Hilltop Community Resources, Inc.  $20,000 – Funding will be put toward the Latimer House new community safehouse remodel. Specific uses will include upgrading building security, remodeling and upgrading the apartments, providing furnishings, and creating a playroom for children at the organization’s new safehouse.

Mind Springs, Inc.  $100,000 – Funding will be used for the Building Sanctuary/Rebuilding Lives campaign which goes toward construction of the new West Springs inpatient psychiatric hospital. Construction of this new facility will make it possible to double the current capacity of beds for patient treatment, including a unit dedicated to child and adolescent treatment.

STRiVE $19,650Funding will be used for various upgrades to the Botanical Gardens facilities which are operated by STRiVE and their clients. The specific upgrades include office heating and cooling, a new misting system for the greenhouse and butterfly house, automated curtain and vent controls that function based on temperature, and upgrade the stucco and paint on the castle.

Western Slope Center for Children $37,500 This funding will be used for general operational support of the organization’s mission of serving children who are victims of sexual abuse and their families as well as to contribute to the salary of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Coordinator.

Grand Junction Housing Authority $327,622 – This funding is broken into two projects.
The first project will use funds to pay for development fees toward the Highlands 2 affordable senior housing complex. Fees for this particular project total $252,622 and include a Parks Impact Fee, Sewer Fees, Transportation Capacity Payment (TCP) and a water meter.

The second Housing Authority project is the Bookcliff Squire project. $75,000 will go toward demolition and asbestos abatement for existing properties in order to redevelop the site with new housing units.

HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, Inc.   $200,000 – This funding is also broken into two projects.
The first project of HomewardBound to receive funds is the Pathways Family Center, which is the second phase of the Pathways Village Project. $100,000 is being allocated to assist with construction of this project which will serve homeless families.

The second project will use $100,000 in funds to go toward helping to finish a four-bed Respite Center in the new shelter facility on 29 Road. The Respite Center will provide a facility where a client can stay on a short-term basis to recuperate from illness or injury.

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