GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- On Sept. 21, members of “Club 20” held their annual conference at CMU, a day after Sen. Cory Gardner signed the lease to the BLM Grand Junction Headquarters.
A range of topics were covered, all of which focused on how to bring more resources into the Western Slope.
Officials talked about things like drought solutions for the Colorado River and how they can improve transportation.
In the middle of the conference, a group of protesters in masks stood outside of CMU. They say they don't believe that moving the BLM to Grand Junction is a good decision. And, they worry that oil and gas companies will have more access to public lands.
"When the move was first introduced, we were promised hundreds maybe even thousands of jobs here in the Grand Valley, we were considering maybe even a new campus for the BLM National Headquarters, and maybe a direct flight from Grand Junction to Washington D.C., we got none of that,” says Concerned CMU Student Ian Thomas.
"And I think that's what we're going to see in the coming years, people booking hotel rooms, and convention space, and meeting space and training space, because of the decision-makers that would be located here in Grand Junction,” says (R-Colorado) Sen. Cory Gardner.
Although it isn't clear when the BLM will make its move to Grand Junction, Senator Gardner says the process is moving faster than he expected. The lease was initially supposed to be signed on Oct.1.