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Leadership Laramie Recognizes the Class of 2019

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Leadership Laramie Recognizes the Class of 2019

On Tuesday, May 7th, the Leadership Laramie Graduation was held at the Hilton Garden Inn of Laramie. The Leadership Laramie Class of 2019 presented their class project which was hiring an artist to paint a public art mural on the south-facing wall of the Moose Lodge.         The guest speaker for the evening was Kent Noble. Laramie Chamber Business Alliance CEO, Brad Enzi also spoke to the graduating class. The participating Class of 2020 was also recognized during the ceremony.           The Leadership Laramie Graduating Class of 2019 Included:   Sarah Carroll – Steering Committee Chair Head Chef & Outreach Coordinator, Laramie Soup Kitchen Shantel Anderson – Recruiting Coordinator Owner, Star Awards & Promos Hanna Eslinger – Participant Coordinator Director of Human Resources, Big Brothers Big Sisters Chaz Avila – Treasurer Vice President, ANB Bank Jennie Hedrick – CBE Coordinator Coordinator, Student Advising, University of Wyoming Business College Dianne Burner-Bitzes – Community Issues Coordinator Corporate Development Manager, Wyoming Public Radio & Media Whitley Edelfelt – Reporter Debt Solutions Officer, Laramie Plains Federal Credit Union Chance Price – Funding/Donations Coordinator Membership & Network Coordinator, University of Wyoming Alumni Association Patrick Owen – Marketing Coordinator Marketing Assistant, University of Wyoming – Institutional Marketing Jessica Ford, M.A. – Curriculum Coordinators Coordinator: Teaching, Learning Center, Test & Exam Center, Laramie County Community College – ACC Katie Christensen, MFA Curator of Education & Statewide Engagement, University of Wyoming Art Museum James T. Wilkinson CEO & Founder, Wilkinson Tactical & Veritek Aengle Smith Development Officer, Int Ops, University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club Amanda Given Accountant, Groathouse Construction Amanda Olaveson, AFIS, API, AIS, AINS, CPCU Underwriter II Supervisor, Mountain West Farm Bureau Insurance Cody Paulson Administrative Assistant, Elk Ridge Builders Dustin Anderson Quarry Supervisor, Pete Lien & Sons Jessica Clout Front Desk Supervisor, Laramie Physicians for Women & Children Kent Wood Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer, First Interstate Bank Tarsha Storey Contact Center Manager, UniWyo Federal Credit Union Thomas Ver Ploeg Realtor, MVP Real Estate Taun Smith Investigation’s Sergeant, Laramie Police Department   Leadership Laramie is a program of the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance. The goal of Leadership Laramie is to encourage and help prepare citizens of Albany County to take positions of leadership within the community. Leadership Laramie utilizes the UW Cooperative Extension EVOLVE model and is a two-year...

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April 2019 Member of the Month: Laramie Rivers Conservation District

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April 2019 Member of the Month: Laramie Rivers Conservation District

This month the Laramie Rivers Conservation District was awarded the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance’s “Member of the Month”. We sat down with the director, Tony Hoch amidst his busy schedule of organizing the Laramie Conservation Expo, protecting Albany county’s water sources, and providing community gardening programs to help K-12 kids (and adults) learn about the importance of water resources, conservation, and habitats.   The mission of Laramie Rivers Conservation District is to “provide leadership for the conservation of Albany County’s soil, water, and all other natural resources; preserve and enhance wildlife habitat; protect the tax base; and promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of Albany county through responsible conservation ethic.” The agency was formed 75 years ago after the Dust Bowl as a way to support local farmers and ranchers with knowledge, tools, and funding to keep working lands working. With only 4 members of staff and 5 Board of Supervisors, it’s a big responsibility.   If you live in town, you may not be fully aware of the effects of our water shortage. “Our water shortage is one of our biggest challenges,” explained Tony. “That’s why we are heavily involved in the Pilot Hill Project, to help protect the Casper aquifer. We also help ranchers with their water and range management, and people in town with low-water landscaping.”   One of the programs LRCD provides is a “Cost Share” program. Some of the projects include: installing solar run pumps for remote livestock water tanks, installing drip irrigation systems, and helping home-owners with purchasing rain barrel catchments. LRCD currently monitors water quality on the Big Laramie and Little Laramie Rivers as well as offers assistance through the Cost Share program to address water quality issues. Some projects that LRCD has provided technical and financial support on include: stream restoration projects (including the large Laramie River Restoration Project), riparian area fencing to keep livestock out of vulnerable areas, and general water tests/analysis costs.   In addition to water conservation, LRCD had many soil projects. “The health of the soil is a key concern for agriculture producers whose livelihoods depend on good land management.” Grazing management plans, assistance and funding for range land cross fencing to eliminate overgrazing, seeding recommendations, funding for stock watering systems, are some of the many programs LRCD is involved in. “We are also involved in creating living snow fences throughout Albany County.”   “Projects I am most proud of,” Tony explains, “are the Laramie Midwest Refinery Restoration project and the Laramie River Restoration. Also I’m proud of the many programs we are doing with K-12 kids since they are the future of conservation.”   Advice for Laramie Businesses: “I think it’s important for business owners to become involved in the community and know what is going on within Laramie.” Hoch explained, “By knowing what is happening locally transfers to buying local and helping the tax base.”   To learn more about the LRCD programs, visit www.lrcd.net. The applications for the cost-share program can be found on their website and are reviewed monthly.   Laramie Rivers Conservation District 5015 Stone Rd., Ste. 1 Laramie, WY 82070-5915 (307) 721-0072...

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Business Council Offers Energy Efficiency Grants

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The Wyoming Business Council’s State Energy Office will have competitive federal grant funds available for Wyoming local governments, public schools and small businesses seeking to improve their buildings while reducing utility costs.   The money will be split between four programs.   Local Government Energy Improvement Comprehensive Retrofit Grant Available to towns, cities and counties for improvements and retrofits like installing insulation; adding weather sealing; purchase of Energy Star or solar powered appliances; upgrades of showers and faucets; or replacement of boilers, hot water heaters, HVAC systems, windows and doors. Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) Available to towns, cities and counties to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light.   Public School Energy Improvement Retrofit Grant (LIGHTING ONLY) Available to K-12 public schools to upgrade current lighting systems to energy-efficient systems, which may include occupancy controls and auto dimming according to natural light. Applicants must sign up for the Wyoming Energy Conservation Improvement Program by May 31, 2019, to receive a free energy assessment. The assessment must be completed before submitting the grant application. Grant applications are due July 31, 2019.   Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant Small businesses, nonprofits and local governments are all encouraged to apply to the Small Business Energy Audit/Retrofit Grant Program. Energy efficiency improvements are often overlooked as cost-saving and building-improvement opportunities. The program funds up to 75 percent of the cost of an energy audit and some energy efficiency improvements. Grants are not to exceed $5,000 to entities pursuing an energy audit and retrofits that were identified in the audit. Residences and housing units are ineligible.     For additional information and to download an application, please visit http://wyomingbusiness.org/energy or email Sherry Hughes at...

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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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The Laramie Railroad Depot Launches Completely Revamped Website That Features New Train Webcams, History, and More

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The Laramie Railroad Depot Launches Completely Revamped Website That Features New Train Webcams, History, and More

Laramie, Wyoming – The Laramie Railroad Depot, a national historic place and hub for the community, just announced the launch of its newly designed website at www.laramiedepot.org. The completely revamped website features two new live webcam feeds of the rails, a full history of the Depot and heritage park, public online railroad archives, an easier way to book museum tours, and a general improved functionality. The Laramie Railroad Depot worked closely with Allison Pluda of Seneca Creek Studios, a local photography and design studio also located in historic downtown Laramie, to re-design the website to better serve the community and highlight the unique gem the Depot already is, both historically and culturally. “I am honored to be able to create a new website for the Laramie Railroad Depot, especially since personally I have had so many great memories over the years at the Depot from art exhibitions to fundraising events,” said designer Allison Pluda of Seneca Creek Studios. “It feels good to be able provide a better website experience for such a unique and valuable asset to downtown Laramie.”   The new website is launched just in time before Union Pacific’s historic steam locomotives, Big Boy No. 4014 and the Living Legend No. 844, will be stopping at the Depot this month to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion. View the schedule and times of when both trains will be at the Laramie Historic Railroad Depot on their new website www.laramiedepot.org.   The Laramie Railroad Depot’s new website will be regularly updated with news and events. Visitors and train enthusiasts alike are encouraged to explore the new website, read about the Depot’s history, and sign up for the Laramie Railroad Depot’s new mailing list as well to receive direct emails.   About the Laramie Railroad Depot The Laramie Railroad Depot was built in 1924 to replace the town’s original Union Pacific Depot/Hotel that was destroyed by fire in 1917. It served as Laramie’s Union Pacific passenger depot until 1971 and as an Amtrak depot until 1983. In 1985, the Union Pacific Railroad gave the Depot to the Laramie Plains Museum, which then transferred ownership to the Laramie Railroad Depot Association in 2009.   The Depot is the only remaining building left from the once large Union Pacific presence in Laramie and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The railroad is the reason for the City’s original existence, and the Depot is an important part of Laramie’s historic legacy.   The building houses a museum of railroad memorabilia and is used for various community functions such as music concerts, art exhibits and public meetings. The building is also used to raise revenue to maintain itself through rentals for weddings, banquets and other events.   To learn more about Laramie Railroad Depot, or to browse the brand-new website, please visit: www.laramiedepot.org.   Contact Information: Laramie Historic Railroad Depot PO Box 623 Laramie, Wyoming 82073 (307) 399-7345 laramiedepot.org info@laramiedepot.org About Seneca Creek Studios Seneca Creek Studios is a full time and full service fine art nature and portrait photography and visual marketing and design studio with over a decade of experience based in historic downtown Laramie, Wyoming. Owner and artist Allison Pluda started Seneca Creek Studios in 2007 and over the last decade she...

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It’s a Wrap for the Annual Legislative Wrap-up Session

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It’s a Wrap for the Annual Legislative Wrap-up Session

On March 26th, 2019, the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance Government Relations Committee hosted their Annual Legislative Wrap-up Session at the Laramie Holiday Inn. Wyoming State Senate and Wyoming House of Representatives elected officials spoke to attendees on a variety of topics from the last legislative session, including what passed and what didn’t. The panel also answered questions from the committee as well as members of the audience.  

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