2020 State of the County

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Mesa County Commissioners say they're cautiously optimistic about economic growth in 2020.

They gave their annual outlook for 2020 at the old courthouse. Commissioners say unemployment is the lowest its been in years-- one of the biggest indicators of a strong and flourishing economy. They say that less foreclosure filings in 2019 than in previous years show Mesa County is on the right path towards economic success. It’s not all good though... Commissioners are worried about more regulation on the oil and gas industry. They say new legislation on fossil fuels could have a negative impact on jobs.

“We're seeing some of our expansion as some of the medical facilities, the university continues to grow, some of those other aspects, but conversely we're also seeing oil and gas is having a tougher time with new regulations,” says Pete Baier, Mesa County Administrator.

There are also a number of projects demanding a slice of the county's budget, like jail and courthouse expansion as well as road safety improvements.