Western Slope Cities Vying For New C.B.I. Facility, Decision Expected By June

The cities of Delta, Montrose, and Grand Junction will soon be competing to house a large, new facility for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The C.B.I.'s current facility in Montrose Memorial Hospital is too small, and the C.B.I. is looking for a new 38,000 square foot building, not necessarily in Montrose.

The Montrose Economic Development Corporation hopes to put together a package that will convince the state agency to stay. They also hope the C.B.I. will take its employees' opinions into account. Delta Area Development Incorporated also hopes to give both cities a run for their money.

Ann Driggers with the Grand Junction Economic Partnership declined to comment on the possible C.B.I. move, Tuesday, saying it's standard policy not to discuss businesses the economic partnership might be in negotiations with.

C.B.I. officials are expected to release more detailed information about what they're looking for in the new facility by March 1st. The communities trying to woo the C.B.I. are expected to have their proposals ready by April 30th. Although the current lease isn't up until 2008, a decision on where the C.B.I. will relocate is expected by this June.

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