Robin Brown is shifting on however staying in Grand Junction.
Brown can be leaving her submit as govt director of the Grand Junction Financial Partnership (GJEP) after practically three years and eight months on the job.
Brown made the announcement Monday in a resignation letter to Mike Sneddon, chair of the GJEP Board of Administrators. Her ultimate day is Aug. 27 and her resignation is efficient Aug. 31, after which she’ll turn out to be the CEO and Vice President of Growth for the Colorado Mesa College Basis.
The brand new alternative landed on Brown’s radar about six weeks in the past.
“Somebody despatched me the job posting and stated I might be good for this,” she stated, however added she wasn’t searching for one other job.
“Let me be clear. I wasn’t searching for a brand new job. I like working with GJEP. However after trying on the assets CMU has and its mission, I couldn’t cross this up,” Brown instructed The Day by day Sentinel. “I’m going to principally be doing the identical job however on a bigger scale.”
GJEP is basically the financial improvement arm of Grand Junction headlined by the company’s efforts to recruit companies to the realm. However behind the scenes, it really works with the likes of the Mesa County Workforce Heart, CMU and Western Colorado Neighborhood School to develop and diversify town’s financial system.
Now, Brown can be accountable for the fundraising arm of considered one of Grand Junction’s strongest belongings.
“The CMU basis raises cash for issues like improvement initiatives, teachers and athletics,” Brown stated. “We additionally wish to construct the alumni affiliation. I need this city to be painted in maroon on soccer recreation days. I believe we will turn out to be a real school city.”
Brown is entrenched within the Grand Valley’s fundraising scene, notably main the cost for a $9 million revitalization undertaking of the Avalon Theatre in 2013.
Brown took over as GJEP’s govt director in December 2017 after her predecessor, Kristi Pollard, left for the same function on the Entrance Vary. She had no prior financial improvement expertise, having been the pinnacle of Brown Home Public Relations and launching Spoke and Blossom journal. She was additionally the co-director of the Downtown Grand Junction Enterprise Enchancment District and Downtown Growth Authority.
Brown believes the stage is about to permit Grand Junction to thrive.
In a press release, Sneddon thanked Brown for her service.
“GJEP has quite a few thrilling prospects and initiatives within the pipeline, for which Robin has laid a robust basis,” Sneddon stated. “We’re assured in our potential to discover a sturdy successor and to proceed the good work Robin began. And we sit up for persevering with to work with Robin in her new capability.”
The GJEP Board of Administrators is now tasked with discovering her alternative because it tries to additional diversify Grand Junction’s financial system post-pandemic. In her letter, Brown really helpful Deputy Director Steve Jozefczyk to be the interim director, saying that he has proven to be competent and match for the function.
When she was employed, Brown stated that she wished to see Grand Junction turn out to be a “scorching spot” of progress and financial improvement.
“I’d say we’re that now. Have a look at all of this progress, the issues we have now in the present day like tight housing are totally different issues than we had after I took over, like attempting to place packages in place to develop a workforce,” Brown stated.
Whereas indicative of progress to Brown, these issues nonetheless require options. Brown believes that her successor must be able to deal with not solely housing improvement, however decreasing freight prices, continued workforce improvement and making one of the best use of COVID-19 transportation cash from the federal government.
“I believe the individual greatest match to unravel these wants to have the ability to construct relationships throughout the state and roll-up your sleeves and get a tough job accomplished,” she stated. “And I believe my lack of background in financial improvement helped me suppose in a different way and produce new concepts to the desk.”