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April 19th: Weekly LCBA Update from CEO Brad Enzi

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April 19th: Weekly LCBA Update from CEO Brad Enzi

As part of engaging in our community and community businesses, we have spent the week making member visits and trying to understand where we can bring you value as a member of our organization. Part of this effort included reviewing the results of the member survey that was recently conducted. Thanks to all that participated, we are always available to hear from you as to how we can better serve. One item that was brought to our attention is that we need to communicate our successes more effectively.   To that end we are happy to report that our partnership with the City of Laramie has generated another economic success. On Tuesday night the City Council voted to release funds that had previously been designated to help finish the spec building at Cirrus Sky. This signals a successful end result to an original business council project that faced its share of challenges. At the end of the short 90 day construction period, which has already commenced, UL will take possession of the building for their continued growth in our community. We look forward to helping UL and other existing businesses in town continue to grow.   Please never hesitate to reach out if there is a specific need you have, or stay in touch via our ebuzz for upcoming programs.   -Brad...

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An easier way for small businesses to join together to provide health insurance for employees

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Senator Enzi’s April Chamber of Commerce Submission By U.S. Senator Mike Enzi   Small businesses are a key part of our country’s economy. Small business owners need health insurance for themselves and they want to offer it to their employees. As a former small business owner, I understand what a struggle it can be to obtain affordable health care coverage. Unfortunately, it is often not as easy for a small business to offer affordable and comprehensive health coverage as it is for a big business. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, small businesses pay on average from eight to 18 percent more than large businesses for the same health insurance policy. I think Association Health Plans can help solve this problem by giving small businesses more market leverage.   Association Health Plans let small businesses band together and leverage their shared power in numbers to obtain affordable and comprehensive health insurance as though they were a single large employer. One family shoe store probably cannot get an insurance company to play ball, but 1,000 family shoe stores probably could. It’s important to explain that Association Health Plans are not allowed to cut corners. They are subject to the same consumer protection requirements that apply to large employers, including compliance with Affordable Care Act requirements for large employer health plans.   Association Health Plans are not new. They have long been permitted under federal law. For example, the Wyoming Chambers Health Benefit Plan is an Association Health Plan that has served Wyoming’s Chamber of Commerce since 2007. This plan offers comprehensive and affordable coverage to 11 local Chambers of Commerce, 52 employers and 255 employees. Last year, the Trump administration issued a final rule that made it easier for small businesses to group together to negotiate and offer coverage, and so far roughly 30 Association Health Plans have formed under the rule. The Congressional Budget Office projects that four million Americans will enroll in Association Health Plans by 2023, and 400,000 of them would otherwise be uninsured.   However, a federal District Court judge struck down the rule, which puts tens of thousands of people currently enrolled in comprehensive health coverage through Association Health Plans that rely on the final rule at risk of losing that coverage. I recently introduced a bill that would cement the final rule in law to provide certainty for current enrollees and ensure the pathway remains available for new Association Health Plans to form, to allow even more people a way to obtain comprehensive and affordable coverage.   I have been championing the idea of Association Health Plans, which I sometimes call Small Business Health Plans, for more than 15 years. We need to promote and protect our country’s small businesses and Association Health Plans will aid in doing so. As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said, Association Health Plans are “a health care victory for small businesses.” I am hopeful that Congress will act quickly to pass my bill and protect Association Health Plans and the thousands of people who rely on them to receive health...

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Links to the Boeing Contract coming to Cheyenne F E Warren Airbase

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On Thursday, April 11, The Boeing Company met with over 70 local business representatives. Two events were hosted to provide information on the history of the ICBM program, Boeing involvement with ICBM’s, Learning how to be a supplier for Boeing and expected needs from the community to the prime contractor.   Don Adams, Systems Engineer and Transitional Team Leader for Boeing, stated that the needs for the Cheyenne area for their prime construction contractor were estimated to be: 2000 skilled craftsman 150 Supervisors and technical professionals Food Living accommodations 500 laborers 350 electricians 300 carpenters 300 iron workers 150 pipe-fitters 200 operators 100 insulators 100 teamsters 50 painters 50 sheet metal workers 30 safety professionals 40 construction engineers 50 security professionals During the second event, Megan Quinn, Small Business Liaison Officer, Boeing Company, asked that local businesses contact her to discuss what services they can provide.   Megan K. Quinn Small Business Liaison Officer Global Supplier Diversity Defense, Space & Security megan.k.quinn@boeing.com   Businesses are encouraged to sign up as vendor for Boeing. Steps to assist this process are listed at our website GBSDBound.com.   For questions, contact: Josh Watson Account and Project Manager, Manufacturing Works, Wyoming, MEP 406 South 21st Street Laramie, WY 82070 Work: 307-766-4811 Email:...

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City of Laramie, Parks & Recreation Department to Host Public Meetings on Spring Creek Trail – Phase 1

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Laramie, Wyoming – The City of Laramie, Parks & Recreation Department in conjunction with Summit Engineering is hosting public meetings related to the development of Spring Creek Trail – Phase 1 on April 18, 2019 at Noon and 5:30pm at the Laramie Community Recreation Center, 920 Boulder Drive. This exciting project is intended to be the start of a multi-use trail system connecting 3rd Street to 30th Street utilizing the Spring Creek corridor.   Meetings will be include a short presentation, question and answer session and allow time for interested individuals to provide comments related to path location, construction and amenities. This design and engineering project is funded, in part, by the Federal Highway Administration Transportation Alternatives Grant through the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the City of Laramie.   For more information or to get involved please contact the City of Laramie, Parks & Recreation Department through email at parksandrecinfo@cityoflaramie.org or call...

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