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The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: How we can STEM the tide of brain drain

Author: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial Board - October 12, 2017 - Updated: October 12, 2017

Mt Garfield reflects in the irrigation canal in Palisade, near Grand Junction. (RondaKimbrow, istockphoto)

Two distinct “brain” indexes compiled recently by Bloomberg L.P. — a research service which provides data and analytics to financial companies — get to the heart of the economic divide in Colorado.

Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver all ranked nationally in the top 10 of Bloomberg’s Brain Concentration Index, which tracks business formation as well as employment and education in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Grand Junction, on the other hand, ranked 16th in a separate measurement — Bloomberg’s Brain Drain Index, which ranks cities with waning white-collar jobs and declining salaries for STEM jobs.

On the heels of Peter Hessler’s unflattering snapshot of the cultural forces shaping the Grand Valley’s political climate, Bloomberg’s assessment is hardly an ego boost. But it does note the effort underway to turn things around.

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The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial Board