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GCEDC Awards Q1 Progress Program into the Community

Goshen County Economic Development Corporation pushes funds back into Goshen County to enhance economic development projects, thanks to the quarter cent economic development sales tax.  Since its inception in 2011, The Progress Program has assisted over 144 businesses, non-profits, and municipalities in Goshen County and pushed over $732K back into the community towards economic development projects. The overall goal of the Progress Program is to help businesses succeed by making their properties more attractive to their customers, and to make communities more attractive to potential new businesses, employees, residents and visitors. Progress Programs include Capital Matching, Community Enhancement, and Infrastructure Investment Funds. Applications are received and reviewed by a committee consisting of community members, GCEDC board members and staff. Final approval is awarded by the GCEDC Board of Directors.

 

The Capital Matching awards totaled $718.86 included:

  •  $718.86 to Torrington Engine Machine for signage

     

    Community Enhancement projects included $3,812.50 in awards for:

  •  $3,812.50 to Valley Christian Schools for fencing

 

Eligible uses for Capital Matching Funds include storefront remodeling (including windows, siding, doors, signage, etc.), landscaping, screening and fencing; demolition, clean-up, remodeling, etc.; sidewalk and parking lot – construction and replacement; stand-alone signs (properly permitted); ADA accessibility; specialized equipment; and other special requests as approved by GCEDC board. Community Enhancement Funds assist communities and nonprofit organizations to create, improve and strengthen the quality of life by promoting and enhancing job development through cultural, historical, recreational, education, health/fitness and social/ethnic activities. Generally, funds are used for capital improvements (i.e. land, buildings, equipment); programs, annual events, special events; operating expenses; marketing; community development and other activities that lead to job creation. The Infrastructure Investment funds are utilized by the local municipalities for additional infrastructure needs they may have in their community.

 

GCEDC is now accepting applications from businesses and organizations for 2018 funding. Applications are due to the GCEDC office no later than 12pm on January 31st, 2018. All projects require matching funds and must be submitted for pre-approval before project is completed. Interested businesses can obtain Progress Program applications online at www.GoshenWyo.com or at the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation office located at 110 West 22nd Avenue in Torrington. 

 

Additionally, GCEDC, will be hosting a special grant workshop to assist applicants on Wednesday, January 17th from 11:30am-1:30pm. To register or for more information about this program please contact Richard Reyes at 307-532-5162 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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City of Torrington Asking for the Public's Help

City of Torrington Asking for the Public’s Help

In January 2017, the City of Torrington took ownership of the DSI Recycling Center. The center is now fully funded as part of the City’s Sanitation Department under the supervision of Ed Hawley.

Most of the DSI programs are funded by the State of Wyoming. DSI had previously owned and operated the recycling service to provide paying jobs for their clients. DSI also provided job coaches to oversee the clients while they were at work. In 2016 the State of Wyoming rearranged its funding and rules for DSI making it so that DSI could no longer own and operate the recycling center. DSI approached the City to see if they were interested in taking over the operation of the center and continue to hire DSI clients for paying jobs.

The City felt strongly about recycling as it’s a critical service, not only to residents but to the jobs that would be lost to DSI clients and coaches. The City Landfill benefits as well. Anything that is sent to a recycler and not put in the landfill only extends its life.

As of January 2017, the City began operating the center and hired Perry Baird as a full-time director to manage the day-to-day operations of the center and contracted with DSI for their clients and job coaches to continue working at the center.

After operating the center for nearly a year, it has become clear that the center is receiving many items it cannot process. Staff is spending a significant amount of time sorting these items out by hand, so the City is asking for the public’s help in controlling what is left at the center and at drop-off bins. If the amount of material left at the center that cannot be processed is reduced, the center can become more efficient and hopefully start receiving more recyclable items.

Most plastic recyclable containers have a triangle, contained on the bottom, with a number from 1 to 7. The City can only take #1 & #2 plastics at this time. Which mainly consist of water bottles, plastic milk, kitchen, laundry and bath containers.

The City also accepts most paper and cardboard that is flattened.  Shredded paper needs to be left in bags on the dock[if put in the same containers as non-shredded paper, it will plug up the balers]. Additional accepted items are aluminum cans and steel food cans.

Items that cannot be accepted are: waxed coated cartons [such as milk and juice]; glass or heavy metal, grocery bags, any food items, clothing, plastic power cords, CPAP hoses, and non-recyclable bags of garbage.

Please help the City produce more recyclable material by not leaving these items at designated drop off locations. This will go a long way in helping to reduce time spent by the City’s clients and staff in sorting [hand-sorting]. 

For more information on the recycling center please call (307) 532-8525 M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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2017-2018 Notice of Election of Board Members

Notice of Election of Board Members

 

Torrington, WY - The Goshen County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC) held its annual membership meeting on Friday, October 27th at D & B Fine Furniture.  There were 212 people in attendance.  The membership elected three directors to the board.  John Patrick of Patrick Brothers, Rick Hoppal of Torrington Office Supply and Bob Taylor of Benchmark were elected to a 3-year term on the board of directors.

Celebrating 30 years of incorporation, President of the GCEDC Board, Bob Taylor, presented the “Fruits of Our Labor” which included 30 years of highlights with this last year’s being the merger with the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center. In addition, the organization is now executing all the brand management duties for Tourism promotion through the Lodging Tax Board. Taylor reported since Progress Program inception in 2010, GCEDC has awarded over $728,000 back into the community and assisted over 142 businesses, organizations, and municipalities. This program is funded by the ¼ cent economic development sales tax.

Chief Executive Officer, Ashley Harpstreith, spoke to “Cultivating Boundless Opportunity for Business and Community” with her presentation on work accomplished through the organization’s strategic plan. The theme centered around the merger with the Chamber and all activities positioned around Leadership, Community Development and Business Development. Big announcements included the recruitment of a new three-story, 54 room Cobblestone Hotel. The addition of the $5.8 M property will bring 12 new jobs and have an economic impact of $435,000 in tax revenues for the state and $315,000 for the City over a five-year period. Highlights also included economic impact of the Solar Eclipse and future tourism campaigns, work completed for broadband efforts and collaborative partnerships in workforce development. Other business development highlights included their sustainable business retention and expansion efforts in which they visited over 250 existing businesses this past year that has assisted 71 potential startups, 19 of which have opened creating 35 new jobs with a 90% success rate. The organization currently assists four entrepreneurs located in their business incubator at the Goshen Enterprise Center. 

Trenda Weisshaar presented the Report of Financial Condition which included accounting for the $3,704,787 dollars collected in the ¼ cent economic development sales tax, which has leveraged $2,273,310 in matching grants bringing $5,466,240 in economic growth to the county.

Other activities included special awards and recognition. The follow were the recipients of the special awards:

Big Chief Award - This award recognizes an individual who exemplifies community leadership through business and community service - Bill Law. Bill has been a volunteer firefighter for 59 years, member of the Torrington City Council, the Goshen County Fire Warden, church leader, parade driver, ice cream scooper and sports commentator. Bills is a helping hand wherever he goes! This past serviceman has dedicated many years to Goshen County and his community. Bill’s community spirit is an inspiration in Goshen County.

Big Land, Limitless Pioneering – Business of the Year Award – This award recognizes any business that has shown limitless growth and community support throughout the year – The Bread Doctor. The Bread Doctor is a first-class European bakery in our little town. The Bread Doctor is a fun, friendly atmosphere and draws many people to our community. The Fluckiger family is always volunteering in our community and showing that Goshen County is tied by family and friendships.

Big Land, Open Skies – Star Employee of the Year Award – This award recognizes an outstanding employee who is productive, exhibits commitment in carrying out job responsibilities, whose work reflects a frontier spirit and is ever growing – Eleanor Fluckiger, The Bread Doctor. Eleanor is a faithful employee who comes to work with a smiling face and a positive attitude. Elanor is eager to help and encourage her team along with servicing her community customers.

Big Land, Open Heart – Volunteer of the Year – This award recognizes those outstanding volunteers who are making a difference with their Open Heart, dedicated to Goshen County or has made a significant difference in our community – Shelly Duncan, Double D Realty. Shelly with her “Totes for Hope” program was able to reach out to homeless/couch surfing youth here in Goshen County. This program was successful as many in the community have seen the need and donated to filling the “Totes for Hope”. The success of this program continues as it has gone statewide with the Wyoming Association of Realtors and has been presented on the national level with many states participating.

Big Land, Open Opportunity – Entrepreneur of the Year – This award recognizes those innovative and dedicated business entrepreneurs or product creators that utilize the open opportunity of Goshen County – AJ’s Soda Shop. AJ’s was started from an idea and created a successful business. The owners of AJ’s worked extensive hours transforming a dilapidated building into a beautiful attraction that is enjoyed by all.

The evening concluded with a charity dessert auction that raised $1,475. The proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Thanksgiving feast where they will donate hams and turkeys for Goshen County families in need. The Farm to Table themed dinner was served by Cottonwood Catering with local produce from University of Wyoming SAREC farms. The local wines and domestic bar was provided by Table Mountain Vineyards. The evening included live music by Ritch Reyes.

Goshen County Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit organization created in 1987 to encourage business growth and build on local community assets. GCEDC’s mission is cultivating boundless opportunities for business and community. A key piece of this mission is helping existing business remain in the community and continue to grow. For more information, please contact Ashley Harpstreith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 307-532-5162.

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CHAMBER AWARDS 2017

The nominations are in! With a tremendous amount of submissions, the top three businesses/people were chosen. Please click on the like below to vote now! Please share this link, come down to the Chamber to vote and forward the emails, you can also find this link on Facebook. The ballot will close Oct 13th 11 pm. HAPPY VOTING!!!!
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Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Region 7 Hazard Mitigation Plan is now drafted and available for public review and comment.  The document will only be available until September 30, 2017. 

 

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GCEDC Awards Q4 Progress Program into the Community

Goshen County Economic Development Corporation pushes over $15,000 of funds back into Goshen County to enhance economic development projects, thanks to the quarter cent economic development sales tax.  Since its inception in 2011, The ProgressProgram, has assisted over 120 businesses, non-profits, and municipalities in Goshen County with awarding over $700K back into the community towards economic development projects.

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UW agricultural honor society recognizes Torrington producer

A Torrington-area couple received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the University of Wyoming chapter of the national honor society of agriculture for their accomplishments, work with students and collaboration with researchers.

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Tourism to Fort Laramie NHS creates $3,948,700 in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 52 jobs in local economy

(Fort Laramie, WY) A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 57,445 visitors to Fort Laramie National Historic Site in 2016 spent $3,358,700 in communities near the park. That spending supported 52 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $3,948,700.

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Community Assistance Requested

 

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Vistabeam local office now open in Torrington!!!

VISTABEAM LOCAL OFFICE NOW OPEN IN TORRINGTON

Center of Vistabeam’s Eastern Wyoming broadband.

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