Rep. Boebert Joins Local Leaders Inviting Secretary Haaland to Visit Bureau of Land Management Headquarters
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert (CO-03), the Mesa County Commissioners and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce formally invited the next Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to visit the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters in Grand Junction, CO.
Congresswoman Boebert stated: “The Bureau of Land Management’s move West has delegated more responsibility to employees in the field, improved customer service and coordination with local communities, ensured better decisions earlier in the decision-making process, and provided good-paying local jobs. Housing the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters in Grand Junction has allowed local stakeholders to have a voice in important decisions affecting their livelihoods. I look forward to the next Secretary of the Interior visiting Grand Junction to see firsthand the great work being done at the Headquarters and to hear from the ranchers, county commissioners, sheriffs, farmers, hunters, off-roaders, and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts who have benefited from the agency’s move West.”
Today, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, Mesa County Commissioners Janet Rowland, Cody Davis, and Scott McInnis, and Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Diane Schwenke sent a letter to the next Secretary of the Department of the Interior Deb Haaland formally inviting her to visit Colorado and the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters in Grand Junction following her successful confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
In addition to the formal invite, the letter stated, “We would also like to take this opportunity to reiterate our strong support for keeping and establishing a full national headquarters in Grand Junction and would like to have a dialogue and consult with you on this important issue.”
99% of the 245 million acres managed by Bureau of Land Management are in the West. It only makes sense that most of the agency’s employees should also be located there.
In August 2020, the Department of the Interior moved the Bureau’s headquarters to Grand Junction. Leadership and senior career staff accomplished this with historic success, and no employees were forced to move, no Merit Systems Protection Board complaints were filed, and no federal unions filed lawsuits. Since the move, more than 80 agency employees and their families now live in Colorado, and they enjoy living in a state that boasts four of the top five best places to live in the United States according to U.S. News and World Report.
Taxpayers are grateful that the agency estimates that the move will save $2 million in lease costs and $1.9 million in personnel savings in 2021. Additionally, the Department of the Interior saved $1.9 million in travel costs in 2020.
The local community of Grand Junction has welcomed the Bureau’s headquarters with open arms. Many local leaders and community members have visited the new headquarters, some even expressing their gratitude by bringing baked goods. They are grateful that the headquarters has brought high-paying jobs to the region, injected $11 million into the local economy, and allowed them to have their voice heard in important land-use decisions.
There is strong record of bipartisan and bicameral support for keeping BLM’s headquarters in Grand Junction. In January, Rep. Boebert led an effort supported by 23 Members of the House to ensure the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters remains in Grand Junction, Colorado. In February, Rep. Boebert joined Colorado Governor Jared Polis, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, and local stakeholders in a bipartisan roundtable hosted by Grand Junction Economic Partnership to discuss the importance of keeping the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters in Grand Junction.