Mayor Phyllis Norris
On Grand Junction: “In this day and age, robust broadband is no longer a “nice to have” – it is a “must have”. It has become an imperative to fostering and sustaining a healthy business environment and spurring economic development. In Grand Junction, we are working together with our partners to find collaborative ways to move toward increased internet speeds for our community.”
On Next Century Cities: “Becoming a Next Century City was the next logical step for the City of Grand Junction in our effort to build upon high speed internet for our community. The resources New Century Cities brings to the table including access to best practices, marketing materials and networking opportunities made this an easy decision for us.”
What Grand Junction is working on: The City Council of the City of Grand Junction is keenly aware of the importance of having a robust broadband capability to support economic prosperity and growth. The relationship has been amply demonstrated in other communities and Grand Junction is convinced that high speed internet is essential for the success of the citizens, businesses and community partners in growing, achieving and maintaining economic development in Grand Junction.
In April 2015, Grand Junction voters approved an override of Colorado Senate Bill 05-152 by 77%. That vote was the first step on the path of improvement in the speed and capability of the high-speed internet toward development of a reliable and forward-looking broadband system. The City is currently working with our regional government, economic development, and private sector partners to identify solutions and investment opportunities to increase the bandwidth in our community.