Goshen County Economic Development Included In WEDA Success Stories 2017
Thursday, February 01, 2018
LEADERSHIP AND PUBLIC POLICY
In 2017, Goshen County Economic Development Corporation and Goshen County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center merged under one umbrella including the services of the Brand Management for Tourism Promotion through the Lodging Tax Board. It took the leadership of several organizations to come together and figure out what was BEST for our community with the Chamber of Commerce merger. As Goshen County’s Commissioner Wally Wolski says, “timing is everything”. As of January 1st, this new organization became a one stop shop for all business and community needs. They have embraced a 360-degree focus on businesses from start-up, to retention, expansion, and everything in between. The Chamber arm continues to assist businesses with promotional activities for business and tourism while economic development has stayed focused on leadership, infrastructure development, quality of life issues, grant management, and business recruitment in the Goshen Enterprise Center. This expanded network brings strength to their members and truly embodies their NEW mission –“To cultivate boundless opportunity for our business and community”.
Goshen County Economic Development completed a Hotel Feasibility Study. They were awarded a grant allowing them to complete an environmental assessment for redevelopment of a blighted property on Main Street.They are pleased to announce they were able to assist the developers in prepping this brownfield site on Main Street for the future new home of a three story, 54-room Cobblestone Hotel. The addition of this $5.8M property will bring 12 new jobs and have an economic impact of $435K in tax revenues for the state and $315K for the City over a five-year period.
GCEDC recruited two new broadband providers to their Main Street area, Vista Beam and Visionary. These two providers bring more options in wireless capacity for the residents and businesses of Goshen County.
LEADERSHIP AND PUBLIC POLICY
Goshen County rolled out a new brand in 2017. Thanks to Wyoming Business Council, they were able to use planning grant funds and include the entire community in a “research and planning” phase. Their new strategic platform is intended to generate a brand position in the minds of residents, visitors and businesses. We are continuing to create a compelling identity with a new website for goshenwyo.com and will soon be rolling out our new marketing branded materials in early 2018.
Goshen County Economic Development continues to beat the drum for the Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) Agricultural Technology Education Center (ATEC) as AG is the backbone of their economy. GCEDC assisted with securing $1.5M in grant funding from WEDA for this $8M facility.Set to break ground in 2018, it will include the addition of a Veterinary Technology program. This addition makes it the largest Ag program for all community colleges in the state of Wyoming and provide boundless opportunities to shape Wyoming’s youth and workforce.