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Workforce Programs for Veterans in Wyoming

Workforce Programs for Veterans in Wyoming

on May 23, 2019 in Community, Uncategorized | 0 comments

With Memorial Day approaching, we wanted to share some of the workforce programs in Laramie and the state of Wyoming that are offered to Veterans. There are many existing resources that are open to everyone, regardless of having a military background, however, this article will highlight some of the opportunities available for veterans.   Marna M. Kuehne Foundation Veterans Services Center (VSC) at UW Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/vetservices/ The Marna M. Kuehne Foundation Veterans Services Center is a 100% private donor-funded program. UW has sponsored the veterans program and center since 2010 and in August of 2018, the new facility opened its doors (located on the Student Union 3rd floor, room 300) to better serve the nearly 650 military connected UW students and families. “Our Center provides space for group study, private study, student computer lab, lounge area, and kitchen. We offer numerous amenities such as free coffee/snacks/lunches, free tutoring, free printing, Xbox games, large screen t.v., connection to various veteran-specific resources and services, and programming to promote community and social connection,” explained Sr. Project Coordinator, Marty Martinez. “Two years ago, our Center was identified as Top School in the Military Advanced Education and Transition magazine naming us in the Top 2% of over 600 schools surveyed for services and programming for student veterans, and have remained in the top 5% since then.” Services Provided: UW offers two (2) Employer Fairs, one per semester, to offer a connection between invited area employers/recruiters and UW students. A concerted effort is made to highlight employers with advertised interest or hiring incentives for veteran candidates. UW Advising and Career Exploration Services Office also provides free classes/training sessions in resume writing and interview skills.   Academic course offered: Veterans Campus to Career, created to prepare veterans for the rigors of employment searches and the application process. The course is a COMM III, 3 credit program that incorporates oral and written course work and career field research with off-campus, live testimonials and discussion from local employers, businesses, and employment recruiters. The goal is to increase the veteran’s ability to identify, relate, and describe their numerous skill sets gained through military service, but to also share this through updated and relevant language and communication methods. “Not only...

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Leadership Laramie Recognizes the Class of 2019

Leadership Laramie Recognizes the Class of 2019

on May 10, 2019 in Laramie Chamber Business Alliance | 0 comments

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...

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Seasonal Business: A Summary of the 2018-2019 Ski Season

Seasonal Business: A Summary of the 2018-2019 Ski Season

on May 8, 2019 in Community, Recreation | 0 comments

Seasonal companies do a majority of their business during a specific time of year. Running a seasonal business can involve risk; however, they can be rewarding to some entrepreneurs. Ellie Southerland, the Director of Marketing Operations at the Snowy Range Ski Area summarizes the 2018-2019 ski season.   How did the 2018-2019 ski season go for the Snowy Range Ski Area? This season was so great, we had consistent snow all season long and plenty of fresh powder in the spring. Everyone seemed to have a blast at our Luau closing weekend celebration. We had our first Snowy Range pond skim, everyone had so much fun.     We are a family-friendly, beginner ski area we have guests come from all over the place. So many of our guest take advantage of our affordable Mountain Sports School, both kids, and adults. We offer full day lessons where kids can learn to ski or ride all day while parents can enjoy the mountain to themselves, while taking a lunch break in our bar and grill.   Where do clients come from? With us being such an easy drive we have many locals that enjoy fun day trips, while we have also noticed an increase in Colorado guest because of our prices and lack of traffic up to snowy making an easy drive across the border. Yes, we do have a lot of guests come from Nebraska even as far as Lincoln and Omaha but we have guests come from all over the place and even overseas. We are beginning to see an increase of guest coming from Kansas and Missouri especially Kansas City.   How many employees/staff are involved in a typical weekend? We run a small operation at Snowy, we have had some amazing employees over the years helping us to stay open 7 days a week. One of the nice thing about how small we are is our employees have the opportunity to work in multiple departments throughout a season or a day. We have several staff being shared between departments rotating the days they work in each as well as some working in multiple departments during peak times each day. On our busiest days, we can have...

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Enzi encourages Wyomingites to preserve the stories of veterans

Enzi encourages Wyomingites to preserve the stories of veterans

on May 1, 2019 in Community | 0 comments

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is inviting people to collect the experiences and stories of Wyoming veterans as part of the Veterans History Project, an initiative that aims to preserve the recollections of American veterans.   “Our debt to our country’s veterans is never more clear to me than when I listen to firsthand accounts of their service,” Enzi said. “It’s important that we not only listen to our veterans’ stories, but preserve these memories to educate future generations and honor each veteran’s commitment to our nation. If you are a veteran or are interested in interviewing a veteran, my wife Diana and I encourage you to take part in the Veterans History Project.”   The Veterans History Project is an effort led by the Library of Congress to collect and preserve the firsthand accounts and memories of America’s veterans from World War I to present. Interviews and historical documents become part of the permanent collections of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.   Enzi’s office is joining the Library of Congress to host a Veterans History Project virtual training workshop on May 7 at 4:00 p.m. MST. Participants will learn more about the program and receive training on how to conduct interviews with our veterans and submit those interviews to the Library of Congress. If you are interested in attending this free online training workshop, check out my website or email Rachel Vliem in my DC office at rachel_vliem@enzi.senate.gov.   Click here to learn more about the Veterans History...

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Basecamp to donate 1% of net retail sales to Rooted In Laramie

on May 1, 2019 in Community, Downtown Laramie | 0 comments

Laramie, WY – Basecamp, Laramie’s premier outdoor retail store, has pledged to donate 1% of net annual retail sales to support Rooted In Laramie, a local non-profit organization with the goal to establish a long-term tree planting initiative.   “We celebrate our first birthday this week and we’re really inspired by many of the 1% for the Planet brands in the outdoor industry. We want to follow that example but support an environmental group on a more grassroots, local level,” said Rebecca Walsh, owner of Basecamp.   “As we were researching a non-profit organization to support, the mission of Rooted In Laramie really resonated with us. We can all agree trees make our community better. We’re thrilled to partner with them to help plant trees and continue to make Laramie a healthy and beautiful place to live,” she continued.   Rooted In Laramie was formed in 2019 and modeled after Rooted In Cheyenne. Their goal is to provide low-cost trees to property owners in and around Laramie. Additionally, they plant the trees for free and provide 1 year of follow-up care.   “Not only are we hoping to get as many trees in the ground as possible,” said Hilery Lindmier, chair of Rooted In Laramie, “but we also want to give those trees the best chance of survival possible by planting them the right way and overseeing the follow-up care like watering, mulching and staking.”   Education is also an important aspect to Rooted In Laramie, and Lindmier adds that they are looking forward to helping property owners discover the many varieties of trees beyond Poplars that can survive Laramie’s harsh climate, and also help them learn how to help all of their trees, even those that have been around for decades, thrive.   “We love Laramie and our first year in business has been wonderful. We hope that Laramie residents will continue to support us by shopping locally, especially now that a small percentage of what they’ve spent at Basecamp will go to support local tree planting. In fact, we invite other Laramie area businesses to join us as we give 1% for local trees,” said Walsh.   You can learn more about Rooted In Laramie by visiting...

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Pilot Hill Project Update: April 29, 2019

Pilot Hill Project Update: April 29, 2019

on Apr 29, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pilot Hill Project Financing Pursuit of a state land swap continues as the most viable option to facilitate public acquisition of the 5,500-acre Pilot Hill Project (PHP). The Office of State Lands staff and completed 23 appraisals and continue to determine which properties best meet the project goals and engaging in discussions with interested purchasers. A 60-day public comment period on the Land Exchange proposal will most likely occur in late Fall 2019, with a State Land Investment Board vote in early 2020. Pledges and funds received to date total approx. $860,000 – approx. 50% of estimate needed for planning and initial infrastructure development. A Third amendment to the Purchase and Sale Agreement between the County and Owner extended the purchase option to March 2020 to accommodate the land swap process. PHP Oversight Committee is establishing a non-profit intended to intermediate the land management agreements and to facilitate ongoing fundraising efforts in support of long-term site management.   Land Management and Park Planning State Parks and Historic Sites staff have started due diligence to consider managing the recreation portions of PHP under a management agreement. WY Game and Fish Department is evaluating the potential to establish a Wildlife Habitat Management Area on a portion of the land potentially defraying some of the state lease fees and ensuring professional management of wildlife issues. A request for qualifications was approved by the Albany County Commissioners on April 23 and will be published this week. The scope of the work includes advising on a land use management plan and determining access sites, park amenities and trail system locations. Plans are being developed for hosted Pilot Hill public access days this summer/fall, per current landowner’s offer to support public awareness and input to land management planning. Community meetings facilitated by Haub School staff will also be held this fall to help inform the planning process. The Pole Mountain Unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest will focus one of their public input meetings on connectivity to PHP land during their non-motorized use plan update this summer/fall. Communications efforts continue to focus on web (Pilothill.org), social media, public event tabling, Boomerang letters to the editor, and other low-cost forums.   To learn more or...

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April 2019 Member of the Month: Laramie Rivers Conservation District

April 2019 Member of the Month: Laramie Rivers Conservation District

on Apr 24, 2019 in Laramie Chamber Business Alliance | 0 comments

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...

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Business Council Offers Energy Efficiency Grants

on Apr 22, 2019 in Laramie Chamber Business Alliance | 0 comments

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

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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