Denver more likely to be BLM HQ than Grand Junction

If the Bureau of Land Management moves its headquarters out of the nation’s capital to a western state, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says it is more likely to relocate to Denver than Grand Junction, even though his administration is more supportive of it moving to the Western Slope.

Either way, the Democrat said he’s “cautiously optimistic” Colorado will win the bidding war with other western states and land hundreds of new jobs. “Denver is the most likely site even though we are more supportive of Grand Junction from an economic development perspective,” Polis said at a luncheon event with business leaders June 5 in Denver. “They seem to be favoring a metro area, just because we don’t have enough flights out of Grand Junction. We are pushing Grand Junction, we are pushing both.”

The speech was initially covered by The Colorado Sun, a reader-supported news organization, and later published in the Grand Junction Sentinel.

Grand Junction is hoping to land the headquarters for the agency that oversees public lands as the Trump administration considers relocating it from Washington, D.C. Local leaders, as well as some politicians in other western states, see it as a potential transformative, economic boon for the region. Grand Junction officials have been aware, however, that the lack of a direct flight to the nation’s capital could be a potential sticking point.