GOSHEN MAIN STREET DESIGNATED AS A NATIONAL CERTIFIED MAIN STREET
Torrington, WY – On behalf of Main Street businesses throughout Goshen County, Goshen Economic Development began the process of becoming a National Certified Main Street three years ago. The process included the addition of events such as 3rd Thursday’s and expansion of existing events such as Holiday activities. National Main Street Certification creates national exposure, provides additional grant funding opportunities, and results in a cohesive community.
Created in 1987, Goshen Economic Development is a nonprofit organization that encourages business growth, creates jobs, and builds on local community assets in five Wyoming municipalities:
Fort Laramie, LaGrange, Lingle, Torrington, and Yoder.
Our umbrella of organizations includes Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, and Travel & Tourism.
In Goshen County, Small Business is Big Business—which is why our top priority is the retention and expansion of our current local businesses.
As the number one Ag-producing county, we seek to recruit businesses that would be a good fit, particularly Ag diversification opportunities.
DID YOU KNOW?
The citizens of Goshen County were the first in Wyoming to approve a county sales tax for economic development.
Over the years, we’ve enjoyed strong support from local businesses and industry, city government, and the wonderful citizens of Goshen County.
Meet the Team
Brayden Connour, Business Development Director, works to recruit, retain and expand business in Goshen County. Brayden has been with Goshen Economic Development since August of 2019. Prior to that, he spent three years at the Wyoming Business Council, as a Project Manager for the Business-Ready Community program, working with municipalities across the State of Wyoming. Brayden graduated from the University of Wyoming with dual bachelor's degrees in Finance and Ag. Business. He is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) through the National Development Council (NDC). Brayden serves on the Goshen County 2-Shot Goose Hunt Committee, and the Community Hospital Advisory Board of Directors. In his spare time, Brayden enjoys hunting, golfing and spending time with his wife, Lynn and three year old black lab, Myla. Brayden believes that in any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
Brayden believes Goshen County is truly a great place to live and is determined to leave it a great place to live for future generations.
Tammy has been with Goshen Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce since April of 2017. She is the Operations Director for GED where she assists the office team and manages the day-to-day operations. Tammy also handles the account receivables, accounts payable, ordering office supplies, and membership. Prior to that she worked as a Dental Hygienist for 11 years and a Radiologic Technologist for 13 years. Tammy lives in Goshen County with her husband and two sons. Tammy and her family are true supporters of this community. In her spare time, Tammy enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and sons Garrett and Spencer, flower gardening, vegetable gardening, water sports, friends, and sunshine.
Tammy believes in letting your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile! Goshen County has been a great place to live, work and raise her family.
Visitors Center Manager
Moriah Harkins is the Visitors Center Manager. Moriah has been with Goshen Economic Development since the beginning of 2021. She handles tourism inquiries, provides residents and non-residents with information, promotes tourism, businesses, and organizations on all social media platforms. Moriah is a recent graduate of the University of Wyoming with a BS degree in Marketing and a concentration in Customer Experience. Before living in Goshen County, Moriah worked in customer service for nine years and has a passion for working with small businesses. She enjoys hunting and fishing with her family and husband.
Moriah believes that small businesses are the heart and soul of a community.
Community Development Director
Leann Mattis, Community Development Director, is responsible for small business development through attraction, retention, expansion and entrepreneurial support.
Leann graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from the University of Wyoming in 2007. While attending UW, she was a member of the cheerleading squad and dance team. She has a background in recruitment, radio production/broadcasting and journalism.
Leann and her husband Matt have two children, Ava and Asher. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and watching her children participate in their various activities. With a passion for dance and working with children, as well as an entrepreneurial spirit, she is also the owner/director of WYO Dance Force in Torrington.
Leann believes that Goshen County is a wonderful community with unlimited potential.