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April 19th: Weekly LCBA Update from CEO Brad Enzi

April 19th: Weekly LCBA Update from CEO Brad Enzi

on Apr 19, 2019 in Community, Laramie Chamber Business Alliance | 0 comments

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

on Apr 18, 2019 in Community | 0 comments

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...

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

on Apr 17, 2019 in Community | 0 comments

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

on Apr 15, 2019 in Community, Laramie | 0 comments

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

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

on Apr 2, 2019 in Explore Laramie, Laramie Chamber Business Alliance | 0 comments

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...

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LCBA Welcomes New Marketing & Membership Director, Melissa Ross

LCBA Welcomes New Marketing & Membership Director, Melissa Ross

on Mar 28, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This week the LCBA welcomed Melissa Ross as the new Marketing and Membership Director. Melissa is a Wyoming native, who grew up in Campbell County and received her Bachelor of Arts in Art from the University of Wyoming. Over the last 11 years, Melissa has spent most of her career in marketing with both start-up companies and growing businesses. She also has a diverse entrepreneurial background. Melissa is excited to join the LCBA and help push the vision and efforts of the LCBA forward! Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself to Melissa. You can reach her at...

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

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

on Mar 26, 2019 in Laramie Chamber Business Alliance | 0 comments

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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