Governor Polis stops in Grand Junction for regional economic summit

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- The economic future of the Western Slope might rely on industry diversification, that’s according to Governor Jared Polis, who stopped Friday in Grand Junction.

He spoke at the Western Colorado Economic Summit, visited the Colorado Mesa University Student showcase, and went on to a healthcare round table during his time in the area.

All of this on the eve of his 100th day in office.

Friday, Polis hopped into a go-cart designed by student engineers during the CMU showcase, meeting young innovators who could boost the state's economy in years to come.

He spoke to local leaders about another way education and economics can overlap—saying his all-day kindergarten initiative will grow the workforce, by allowing parents to get back on the job sooner, and build family disposable income, which will help boost spending patterns.

The economic summit on CMU campus was hosted by local non-profit GJEP, the Grand Junction Economic Partnership.

Many of the business leaders who took part in the summit, stayed on CMU campus to judge the student showcase.

Polis’ visit comes on the heels of his signing the “gas and oil” bill into law, which reinforces and establishes regulations on the economic and health impacts of oil and gas development.