Newsletter: Wyoming downtown advocates learn new strategies from national experts


The State of Wyoming's Economic Development Agency   l   June 6, 2017

A Place To Call Home


About 50 small business owners, city planners, elected officials and downtown advocates from more than two dozen Wyoming towns recently braved foul May weather to learn about a concept called placemaking from the national experts at nonprofit Project for Public Spaces.

The two-day workshop, held in Douglas, espoused a new perspective on what economic development means in the 21st century.

Economic development in the United States used to mean attracting large companies by offering a vast workforce and access to raw materials. CEOs looked for cheap land and utilities. Workers followed jobs.

Today’s economy is increasingly focused on technology and services. Small firms can spring up anywhere with an internet connection and do business with the rest of the world instantaneously. The change in circumstances means people are now finding places they love first, then tracking down a – or creating their own – job later.

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Real Wyoming: Cheyenne

There’s definitely magic happening in Cheyenne right now.
The community has a mature business infrastructure; easy access to major interstates, rail and an international airport; a growing tech industry, and an expanding manufacturing sector. 
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TravelStorys Launches Seven-Suite WY Tour

Jackson-based mobile app startup TravelStorys and participating Wyoming cities, towns and counties have created a suite of audio tours that allow visitors and locals alike to explore Wyoming like never before.
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Business Council recommends Campbell County grant

The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors recommended a $1.5 million grant to Campbell County Thursday during its quarterly meeting in Hulett.
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Three Wyoming companies show the power of thinking local

Like the threads of a tapestry, three Wyoming businesses in completely different industries have woven together to create something special in downtown Laramie. 
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Regional alliance targets economic growth in northeastern Wyoming

There have been doubters and naysayers, but economic developers in northeast Wyoming are starting to turn heads and change minds.
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June 8-9
Leadership Overview, Cheyenne

June 13
Commercialization Assistance from SBIR/STTR Agencies

June 15
State Loan and Investment Board, Cheyenne

June 15
Rolling Forecasts in Action-with Review of Concepts & Sample Spreadsheets

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Union Pacific to invest $41 million in Wyoming rail infrastructure

Wind project in Wyoming envisions coal miners as trainees

Wyoming startup serving oil and gas sets sights on wind market

ENDOW seeks economy as diverse as next generation's dream

Northwest Roundup: Unique growth amidst downturn



The Wyoming Business Council awarded the town of Sundance, Wyoming a $2.45M grant to help restore the former Old Stoney school constructed in 1923 and abandoned in 1971 into a community center, new home for the Crook County Museum and retail/office space.

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