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 Get to Know the Candidates
   
    The first filing period for candidates in the 2016 election has closed. A list of candidates for U.S. House, State House and Senate, County Commissioners, City Council and Wright Town Council can be
accessed here.
    The Chamber has asked local candidates to discuss their plans to improve or sustain the business environment in Wyoming.  Candidate responses will be filmed with the assistance of Gillette Public Access TV and rebroadcast to help voters learn more about candidate positions on
business issues.
     The Chamber will also host an Ice Cream Social on July 28 to offer candidates the opportunity to meet voters and share their views on issues of interest.  The Social will be held in the downtown plaza on Third Street from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.  Mark your calendars for this opportunity to visit with candidates.
Those who are interested in serving on local elected Boards can file for office from August 10-29. For more information, visit the Campbell County Elections office at the Campbell County Courthouse, Suite 1602.

Released: June 13, 2016


 Legislative Committee
Comes to Gillette

    Learn more about issues impacting Wyoming. The Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee will meet in Gillette on June 28-29 at the Gillette College Technical Education Center. Items being discussed include:
• Self-Bonding for Mining Reclamation
• Underground Storage Tanks: New EPA Rules and Statutory Revisions
• Priority of Severance Taxes in Bankruptcy Proceedings
• Increasing the Value of Coalbed Methane Gas
• Potential Merger of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority and the Wyoming Pipeline Authority
• Presentation from Atlas Carbon
• Updates on the New Engineering Building and the Engineering Initiative at the University of Wyoming
• Potential Updates to Banking Laws
    Times stated in the agenda are tentative.
    Learn more about Wyoming’s interim legislative activities here.

Released: June 13, 2016



Chamber Resource Guide
is Going Online

   
    Get your business message into the hands of thousands of business leaders and community members in the region. Advertise in the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Online Resource Guide.
    The 2016 Online Resource Guide provides alphabetical and categorical business listings of Chamber members, as well as a comprehensive look at the resources and services available to Chamber member
     Advertisers will enjoy double the value. Along with placement in the Online Resource Guide, advertisers will receive a premium advertisement in the Chamber's Web Directory of businesses at www.gillettechamber.com. The site is accessed by more than 50,000 potential customers annually.
     Contact the Chamber at (307) 682-3673 to learn
more about this great opportunity.
 
Released: June 13, 2016

Chamber Members Have a Choice For
Healthcare Coverage
Open Enrollment Ends June 30
 
    The Wyoming Chambers Health Benefit Plan, health insurance benefits for employees of participating employers, is preparing for its June open enrollment period.
For member employers already in the plan, plan now for your annual renewal meetings with employees to discuss plan design changes
for next year. For member employers not currently in the plan, contact Gail at the Chamber to learn more about this benefit available only to Chamber of Commerce members. Call 682-3673 or gaill@gillettechamber.com.


 

Summer Marketing Opportunity
  
    You can market your business this summer to guests visiting Gillette and Campbell County.  The Campbell County Convention and Visitors Bureau provides visitor welcome bags to visiting groups and local businesses can insert flyers, business cards, or other reasonably sized materials into the bags to gain exposure.  Businesses can also place flyers or brochures at the Visitor Centers in Gillette and Wright for guests to access. 
    This is a great opportunity to get your business in front of guests including participants and families visiting for the National High School Finals Rodeo. 
    Businesses must provide the printed inserts for inclusion. Contact the Visitors Bureau at 307-686-0040 to get a schedule of when bags will be assembled and number of inserts required.

 

 

    Don’t miss this segment of the Chamber’s Business Spotlight series.  The Spotlight series will feature member businesses on the Chamber’s website; on Facebook; and here in Chamber Connection.  Member’s names are drawn randomly.  To learn more, contact Charlene at charlenem@gillettechamber.com.
 
    Big Lost Meadery isn’t your everyday hangout, and for most first-time guests, the opportunity to sample the handcrafted, locally-brewed Big Lost specialties, Wild Man Mead or Crazy Woman Mead, is a treat. Mead is a honey-based beverage which undergoes a fermenting process to create the libation. At Big Lost, the honey is sourced regionally from local bee keepers. Big Lost mead can be consumed on site or purchased for carry out for those over 21 years of age, and their product is available at many liquor stores throughout Wyoming.
    Co-owners Sam Clikeman and Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, endeavored to create a unique experience at Big Lost Meadery and their efforts paid off. From the unique design and history of the building, to drinking mead from authentic cow horns, a visit to Big Lost Meadery, Wyoming’s first mead brewer, is distinctive and fun.  Because mead is often characterized as a Viking beverage, Big Lost Meadery offers photo opportunities with a Viking axe, creating a special memento of the visit.
    The Big Mead environment is intentionally laid back and quiet, offering guests an opportunity to converse or enjoy local entertainment. Customers are welcome to bring food into the establishment and Big Lost Meadery partners with several local food purveyors to accommodate special events.
    Sam and Bob invite you to come in and “get lost” at the Big Lost Meadery located downtown at 106 S. Gillette Avenue, open Wednesday through Friday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Video Link. 
 


Let Your Voice Be Heard
Written Comment Period is Open on Coal Leasing Program

    It is not too late to provide input to the BLM about the importance of Wyoming’s coal industry. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is moving forward with a comprehensive review examining a broad array of concerns about the federal coal leasing program. This review will likely have considerable impact on Campbell County’s economy. The BLM is asking for public input on the following topics: Are Americans receiving a fair return for federal coal?
  • How do market conditions affect coal?
  • How does federal coal affect the environment?
  • How do these and other factors impact coal-dependent communities?

    Public feedback will help inform the size and scope of the review conducted in the proposed Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. 
Written comments will be received until July 23.  To learn more about the hearings, click here. 
    For assistance with comments, contact Charlene at the Chamber, charlenem@gillettechamber.com

Date: June 1, 2016


More Detail on New Overtime Regulation
Prepare Now for December Implementation

    Despite an onslaught of comments from business and industry leaders asking the federal government to refrain from passing onerous regulations increasing the wage threshold for exempt employees, the Department of Labor has released the final rule updating the overtime regulations. 
    With a December 1 effective date, businesses have time to determine how they will comply with the new rule, but the U.S. Chamber urges businesses to begin planning sooner rather than later. We will be rolling out more information on implementation moving forward. In the meantime, click here for resources to help you understand the regulations.

Date: June 1, 2016


Focus on the Facts

    The Chamber has had numerous requests for an update on economic conditions in Gillette. We have compiled the following information that can be relied upon when discussing the local business climate.

  •  Sales tax collections, including 1% and General Fund Sales and Use Tax brought in $32.4 million for the first ten months of FY 15-16, compared to $40.2 million and $46.3 million respectively from FY13-14 and FY14-15.
  • Unemployment has risen from 3.6% in April 2015 to 7.9% in 2016.
  • April 2016 unemployment figures show 2,038 employed compared to 941 unemployed in April 2015.
  • Real estate listings have fluctuated over the past three years with 370 homes on the market in Gillette and Rozet in May 2014. Listings dropped to 305 in May 2015 and currently reflect 482 homes on the market in May 2016.

For complete data, click here.
   Additional economic data can be accessed by linking to Community Builders, Inc. (CBI). CBI, a Wyoming-based consulting firm, publishes monthly report with economic data and analytical graphs for Wyoming’s 23 counties.

Date: June 1, 2016


Chamber Resource Guide
is Going Online

    Get your business message into the hands of thousands of business leaders and community members in the region. Advertise in the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Online Resource Guide.
The 2016 Online Resource Guide provides alphabetical and categorical business listings of Chamber members, as well as a comprehensive look at the resources and services available to
Chamber members. Advertisers will enjoy double the value.
    Along with placement in the Online Resource Guide, advertisers will receive a premium advertisement in the Chamber's Web Directory of businesses at www.gillettechamber.com. The site is accessed by more than 50,000 potential customers annually.
Contact the Chamber at (307) 682-3673 to learn
more about this great opportunity.


2016 Advocacy and Legislative Principles

   The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce 2015-16 Advocacy and Legislative Principles represents the Chamber’s commitment to improve the business climate and quality of life for the community. For more information, download the Campbell County Chamber’s 2016 Advocacy and Legislative Principles.
 


Elected Officials Directory

    The information provided in the Elected Official  Directory contains contact information for the elected officials in the districts you currently live in. Download a copy



Images of Gillette-Campbell County magazine

    Our economy makes Campbell County a wonderful and exciting place to live. The Chamber has partnered with Journal Communications, Inc. to produce the dynamic publication, Images of Gillette-Campbell County magazine. View the digital version of this publication.

 


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Community Events

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