City of Grand Junction #GJStrongAppetite

Downtown ParkletThe coronavirus pandemic has created challenges for the Grand Junction community by causing both a public health and economic crisis locally.

The City of Grand Junction understands that local restaurants have been hit hard by the restrictions put in place. As a part of a comprehensive economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is calling on all City employees to do their part.

Between now and April 10, the City is encouraging employees to visit restaurants within the city limits of Grand Junction via take-out or delivery. The City will reimburse employees up to 50% of what is spent with a maximum reimbursement rate of $150. This means that employees that spend up to $300 at local restaurants will be reimbursed by the City by 50%.

Employees who wish to take part of the program will save receipts and turn them in at the end of the program period, after April 10. This is a great program to show the community that the City and its employees are here to support them in time of need.

The City has approximately 640 employees. If each employee spends the full $300 that the program allows, a cash infusion into the restaurant industry will be nearly $200,000 over a two-week period. As our employees know, a majority of the City’s revenues come from sales tax. The City recognizes that small businesses are a critical part of our local economy and believe that we must support that part of the economy.

Follow along on social media, as employees use the hashtag #GJStrongAppetite to chronicle their culinary support. We encourage the public to support all local businesses and to share via social media via #GJStrong.

As always, we will continue to update the community on any changes to services. Please visit our COVID-19 response page or our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.

Contact: Incident Command PIO – (970) 852-1105


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