There's no doubt that Palisade is changing. Even in a tough economy, both the town elders and private businesses continue to invest in the area to improve the look and feel of Palisade's growing agritourism business. One local T.V. station recently chronicled the latest chapter in this change.
Under the headline, "Palisade Works to Balance Change with Charm of the Past," KJCT8 Reporter Sara Goldenberg wrote:"
"One Western Slope town is using innovation to stay alive in these challenging economic times--expanding on what they do best to keep dollars flowing into their community."
"The challenge they are facing is how to evolve without changing what it means to visit Palisade. They're working hard to keep the town's character--represented in the grand opening of a new building. This building is a fusion of the vision of the future, with the charm of the past."
"Palisade is a wonderful little community that really is built on agriculture. It has a potential of growth that is unbelievable. I see a potential Napa Valley or Sonoma," said Sarah Catlin, the director of the Colorado Wine Fest."
"A new building in Palisade stands strong for future opportunities. Dozens stopped by to check it out Wednesday evening."
"People want to come to socialize, its also great for business networking. That's what the chamber's about, business networking," Catlin said."
"She just moved its office into the new building. They set up a retail room to promote the tastes and sights of western Colorado's vineyards."
"For the wine industry in general, we represent 80 wineries in Colorado, not just here in Palisade," she said. Catlin says the Wine Fest is a fundraiser that supports Colorado vintners. Her organization is trying to bring the Colorado wine industry more recognition."
"If you're looking to network, you can find more than vintners in Palisade. "We have financial planners and bankers, real estate agents, a lot of the wineries are here, some of the big peach growers are here," Catlin said."
"Robert Melot of Castle Rock Construction designed the new building with a vision in mind."
Click here to read more about Palisade's construction investment towards its future.