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Executive Director

Phone: (800) ***-****  HQ Phone
Grand Junction Colo
740 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, Colorado 81506
United States

Company Description: Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau - your official source on Grand Junction, Colorado. Colorado hiking, camping, Grand Junction hotels and Colorado's Wine...   more

Employment History

  • Executive Director
  • Executive Director
  • Department Director
    The Economic , Convention & Visitor Services of the City of Grand Junction
  • Department Director
    City of Grand Junction
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Debbie Kovalik, Executive Director
"Sometimes people will respond a little ..., 15 Oct 2013 [cached]
"Sometimes people will respond a little more to their ego," said Debbie Kovalik, executive director of the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau.
Having a schedule of donation levels that correspond to the grandness of an area also can be an opportunity to "upsell" those donations, Kovalik said. For instance, if someone donates $30,000, asking for an additional $20,000 for the opportunity to have a room named after them could be a big selling point, she said.
Still, even with a donor naming rights schedule, nine of 11 donors who have given so far, who each have donated $50,000, have said they are not interested in any special acknowledgement, Kovalik said.
The naming committee also is considering creating a donor wall that distinguishes gift sizes, a tactic common in other capital campaigns.
"What I've learned from the (Avalon) Foundation is the majority of people have not asked for recognition, except for their name on a donor wall," Kovalik said.
“Though the VCB and ..., 20 Feb 2013 [cached]
“Though the VCB and GJEP have independent brands, this project melds the two together nicely in one unified message reaching each of our target markets in a bold way,†said Debbie Kovalik, executive director of the VCB.
Kovalik and Flenniken said the billboard message constitutes part of the efforts to achieve one of three major goals in a new economic development plan for Mesa County â€" develop and promote a unified community brand.
Broadway at the Avalon produced "Cats" ..., 18 Sept 2012 [cached]
Broadway at the Avalon produced "Cats" and "Forever Plaid", but according to Debbie Kovalik, Department Director of The Economic, Convention & Visitor Services of the City of Grand Junction, the royalty requirements for "Miss Saigon" and "Oliver" exceeded the resources available.
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Debbie Kovalik
Debbie Kovalik increasingly hears what she considers encouraging words about retail development in the Grand Valley.
As the department director over economic, convention and visitor services for the City of Grand Junction, Kovalik serves as a point of contact for businesses interested in expanding or opening retail ventures in the area. She said she's talking to more and more people about that possibility.
While talk alone isn't going to result in the immediate opening of new businesses or the creation of new jobs, it very well could result in additional development over the next 12 to 18 months, Kovalik said. "That bodes well for the future."
For the past four years, Kovalik has attended what's billed as the Rocky Mountain Idea Exchange. The International Council of Shopping Centers, a global trade association of the shopping center industry, hosts the event.
Kovalik said she typically talks to one or two people at the event who express an interest in the Grand Valley.
This year, however, was different, she said. "This time, I probably had three times as many contacts as usual."
The Grand Valley remains an attractive location for retail development, Kovalik said, because it serves as a central shopping hub for a large geographic area. Chain restaurants in particular have fared well. "There's still a buzz about Grand Junction," she said.
Moreover, vacant commercial spaces have created opportunities for local, regional and national retailers to expand operations without constructing new buildings, she said.
The expected opening later this year of the 29 Road viaduct connecting U.S. Highway 50 and the area south of the Colorado River directly to North Avenue in Grand Junction could present additional opportunities for retail development in that area, she added.
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