On September 4th, the Wyoming State Chambers will be hosting their Fall Conference at the Cam-Plex. The event will bring the Wyoming Economic Development Association and Wyoming Main Street programs together for three days of networking and seminars.
Not only is this an opportunity for the Campbell County Chamber to show other Wyoming Chambers around Gillette, it will be a good community building experience. Keynote speaker Patrick McGaughey, and guest speakers like Sam Chapman from the National Association for Business Economists will be presenting to a combination of organizations that work to improve Wyoming every day.
"We're exited to host, as Gillette has not been the site of this conference for many years," says Executive Director, Gail Lofing. "This will be a chance for people from outside of Campbell County to see what we've done to improve our community."
Attendees will be touring the new Area 59 facility at Gillette College and businesses like L&H Industrial. Though the conference is Wednesday through Friday, you can choose to attend just one day, or even specifically just the Economic Development portion of the event.
Click here to register for the event or check out the conference schedule.
"We've never been so excited to see dirt moved in our entire lives," said Gillette Golf Club board member Steve Crow on Wednesday afternoon.
The 9-hole course is set to become a (hopefully, lucky) 13-hole course, with construction beginning on an expansion of the local golf club that will include a new driving range, short game practice area, and 4 additional holes. The long-term plan is to have a full back nine, but the remaining five fairways will have to be added later down the line, as it will require going under Garner Lake Road and over Donkey Creek.
As it is, the first phase of the new expansion has been decades in the making. The new driving range will border the neighboring Energy Capital Sports Complex , and the grounds will become accessible both from the Golf Club and the softball fields.
"We're on our way to a first-class facility," Crow said during today's groundbreaking.
Wyoming Roofing, LLC, a roofing contractor dedicated to developing the skills and safety knowledge in their industry and state, received recognition as the Small Employer of the Year by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) in July.
The Safety & Workforce Summit Awards Ceremony has been a tradition within DWS for the last 7 years. The award was created to recognize small businesses for their hiring and safety practices. The DWS is meticulous in partnering with like-minded companies who carry the same values and provide greater value to their communities by providing high-quality jobs and ensuring above average safety practices.
The Campbell County Rockpile Museum in Gillette, Wyoming is hosting In Pursuit of Equality, a traveling exhibit from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.
By the turn of the century Wyoming was recognized as the Equality State due in large part to its several important historical firsts where women’s rights were concerned. In Pursuit of Equality is an exhibit that tells the story of three women who through their actions as elected office holders, challenged and changed the conventional understanding of equality in Wyoming during the 20th century: Nellie Tayloe Ross, Thyra Thomson, and Elizabeth Byrd. The true meaning of equality is still being explored and debated in Wyoming, 150 years after it became the first state to grant full women’s suffrage. This exhibit will be in Gillette until September 14th.
Please contact the Campbell County Rockpile Museum by phone at 307-682-5723 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Image: Campaign poster for Nellie Tayloe Ross, 1926 - courtesy of the American Heritage Center
The Chamber's mission is to "Advocate, Network, Learn, Engage, and Promote," and the key to fulfilling that mission is not just to bring marketing, networking, and educational opportunities to our members, but to make sure we're always up to date on the latest tools available to local Chamber of Commerce organizations.
The U.S. Chamber has a program called the "Institute for Organization Management," an educational opportunity hosted in different parts of the country every summer and winter. Executive Director Gail Lofing graduated from the four year program in 2010. Events & Programming manager Tracy Mathews just completed her second year in the certification, held each July at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
"IOM was an important opportunity for me because it meant training in our specific field of Chamber management," said Lofing. "It also provides us with a network of other Chamber organizations across the country."
The Campbell County Lodging Tax Joint Powers Board announces that Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CCCVB) Executive Director Mary Silvernell, whose responsibility is to market and promote Campbell County to leisure, group and sports travel, has submitted notice of her retirement this coming December 2019.
In conjunction with Silvernell’s retirement, the Campbell County Lodging Tax Joint Powers Board and the Gillette Main Street Board are announcing a partnership of the two entities under the direction of one Executive Director. Current Gillette Main Street Executive Director Jessica Seders has been named to serve as Executive Director of both organizations.
Silvernell has been the Executive Director of the CCCVB since February 1, 2010. She has served and continues to serve on several community boards, including the Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition, the Campbell County CARE Board, the Public Land Board, and Devils Tower Natural History Association. Silvernell is a 2011 GALI graduate, a Leadership Wyoming 2013 graduate, and is a member of Campbell County’s Air Service Enhancement committee.
“Mary has proudly served as Executive Director for more than nine years in Campbell County. She is an accomplished executive who has partnered with lodging businesses, local sports and event organizers, and local venues and attractions to recruit more leisure travelers and groups to stay in Campbell County”, said Curtis R. Burdette, Chair of the Campbell County Lodging Tax Joint Powers Board. “Mary’s outstanding performance in budgeting, communication with stakeholders, and developing relationships with hospitality and tourism partners has benefited our communities of Gillette, Wright and all citizens of Campbell County.”
Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies (WFBR) is very saddened to hear about the mine layoffs that are affecting Northeast Wyoming. We have had donors, community members, and government officials asking how they can help the miners at this time.
WFBR encourages anyone needing food assistance to reach out to our partner agencies in your area. Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies and several generous funders will work to keep our partner's shelves full while Campbell County works through this.
Through the generosity of donors, WFBR will be hosting two mobile pantries on Monday, July 29 and Monday, August 19 with distribution to the public to start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. The mobile pantries will be at the Family Life Church parking lot. There will be enough food available for 700 families. For more information go to WyomingFoodBank.org.
WFBR will also be recruiting for volunteers to help with these distributions. Please keep an eye on our Volunteer Hub at http://wyomingfoodbank.org/volunteers/ .
Again, if you know someone who needs food now, please contact our local partners.
Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies
PO Box 1540
Evansville, WY 82636-1540
With Summer kicking in to high gear, there will be lots of visitors to Gillette and Campbell County, and they're not all going to stop in to the Chamber for a folding map. Google has started an app called "Trips," which allows you to plan your entire vacation through Google search results.
"The best way for Wyoming businesses to take advantage of Google Trips is by claiming their online business listing, and adding important business details that users want to know when searching for things to do on their Wyoming vacation," says Wyoming SBDC's Market Researcher, Nicholas Giraldo.
Whether or not your business can be found on Google Maps or your event can be seen on Facebook (or the new Visitor's Bureau events calendar) is more and more important, as people are using their phones to navigate through unfamiliar places when they travel. According to Google, while foot traffic in retail stores has declined by 57% in the past five years, the value of every visit to a brick-and-mortar location has nearly tripled.
That's because consumers prefer small business to big box stores. Now, no matter when or where you are, you can research a product, narrow down your choices, compare reviews, and make a decision before you set foot in a store. Finding a local retailer on your smart phone when you're deciding what to buy is key to maximizing the potential of your foot traffic.
One free way to boost your marketing potential is to "claim" your listings on review sites on Google, Yelp, and Tripadvisor. All three websites can combine to boost your revenue by 36%. Marketing magazine Street Fight says that in their research, businesses that claim no listings earn 24% less in average annual revenue than their competitors.
We are available to help you set up your Google business listing or Facebook page if you haven't already. Please call us at the Chamber at (307) 682-3673 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact the Wyoming SBDC in Campbell County at (307) 682-5232, they can help you establish your Google My Business page.
And if you already have a Facebook or Instagram page and wants to be featured on "Follow Friday," message us on our page or email Brenda Kirk.
A letter from the Town of Wright:
"As there has been much discussion around Town about the mosquito population that has emerged over the last two weeks, I wanted to take a moment to give details as to 'Is the Town going to spray for mosquitos this year?' question.
We did start treatment during the last week of March. Campbell County Weed and Pest provides the Town with briquettes designed to last 180 days. The recent, VERY wet spring that we experience leaves a LOT of standing water, which are breeding grounds for mosquitos. Starting as early as we did this year, no doubt, has decreased the numbers, however we are only able to treat what is on our property.
Mosquitos can and do travel 1-3 miles in search of food/you. There are a LOT of acres in our perimeter expanding out to that distance! The briquettes that were placed in March are still active for the pupae, and larvae, but do not work on the adults. Those will be working well in to July, and if retreatment is necessary, we have invested in more than is needed, and can retreat as needed.
Spraying adulticide is the next step as the mosquitos become more prevalent. This started in the last week of May. This kills the adults that have traveled in Town, but only kills the ones that are here. As mentioned in the article from CDC.gov, if they are here, they will find a breeding ground in gutters that are holding water, tires, tarps, anything laying on the ground creating standing water. Creating the need for more treatment, and more irritation from the mosquitos.
Rest assured we are doing everything possible to eliminate their presence! It is an ongoing battle, and we would suggest a potent repellent to avoid the contact! It is a battle we know we will not win, but we are doing what we can!!!
Public Works Director
Town of Wright"
"Hire with confidence, fire without fear, tame toxic employees, and put your team on the fast track to success." That's what Glenn Shepard's 2019 business seminar, "How to Supervise People and Lead a Team," promises to do.
Shepard's book, How to Manage Problem Employees, applies a common-sense approach to the steps necessary in building a strong work team. On August 20th, he'll be presenting some of the keys necessary to unblocking the full potential of your organization:
"Inspiring your team doesn’t count for much if you don’t actually let them DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.
I’ll show you:
A half day seminar with nine different modules starts at 8:30 a.m. in Presentation Hall at Gillette College. This program has been approved for 3.50 (General) re-certification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR re-certification through the HR Certification Institute and SHRM.
Chamber members receive a $20 discount off the cost of tuition. Click here to register.
Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC has been named one of the top twenty best employers in the Senior Living industry by Lincoln, Nebraska–based healthcare-intelligence firm NRC Health. The award recognizes and ranks senior-care organizations across the country for engaging and inspiring their employees.
“We’re incredibly honored to be recognized with this award,” said BJ Schaefbauer, President of Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC. “We’ve always known that the heart of Primrose is our employees, and this distinction is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our teams throughout the Primrose family.”
“I’m so proud of the work we do together every day,” said Chipper Hill, Executive Director of Primrose of Gillette. “Our entire team here in Gillette is wonderful! Each of us is committed to making this a great place to live and work.”
Only twenty Senior Living organizations earned this prestigious distinction, of which Primrose ranked sixteenth. Winners were selected according to the results from NRC Health’s 2018 Employee Experience Survey. To qualify, organizations must have a high percentage of respondents willing to recommend their locations as places to work, which strongly correlates to employee engagement, organizational loyalty, and job satisfaction.
“In senior living, employee culture makes all the difference,” said Stephanie Kolbo, NRC Health’s Vice President of Business Development. “These organizations have developed working environments that both create and sustain employee engagement, so workers can dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to care. NRC Health commends these organizations for their dedication to their staff.”
Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC, headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities across the country which specialize in personalized services and resident-focused care. The mission of Primrose Retirement Communities is to create happy and healthy living environments for seniors. Since the opening of the first Primrose community in Aberdeen in 1991, Primrose has grown to include 40 locations in 17 states.
2019 CCHS SkillsUSA Team: Rebecca Ash, Bowen Bell, Davis Cathey, Matthew Cathey, Kohltyn Christiaens, Kindal Cunningham, Jacob Decker, Rilee Hauber, Kimmie Huddleston, Taylor Jensen, Chance Knighten, Thomas Koepke, Daniel Koepke, Logan Lampman, Colter Morris-Chasteen, Andi Nivens, and Kayden Winterholler
This year, 17 Camels competed and took home 3 state titles and 10 medals overall for CCHS's SkillsUSA.
To compete at nationals in the SkillsUSA organization, you must be a state champion, so a special congratulations needs to go to Davis Cathey, Colter Morris-Chasteen, and Kimmie Huddleston, as they will be representing Wyoming at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 24-28.
Automotive Service - Davis Cathey
Diesel Equipment Technology - Colter Morris-Chasteen
FirstAid CPR - Kimmie Huddleston
Diesel Equipment Technology - Taylor Jensen
Diesel Equipment Technology Logan Lampman
Intermediate Welding - Logan Lampman
Welding Fabrication - Kayden Winterholler / Davis Cathey / Kohltyn Christiaens
Medical Terminology - Kindal Cunningham
CCHS's teacher sponsors are Brandon Cone and Pete Stocker. If you are interested in joining SkillsUSA next year, please find them in room 121.
The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 3.7% in March to 3.6% in April.
Wyoming’s unemployment rate was lower than its April 2018 level of 4.0% and the same as the current U.S. unemployment rate of 3.6%.
Most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and fell from March to April. Warmer spring weather often brings job gains in construction, professional & business services, and other sectors.
Washakie County’s unemployment rate fell from 5.0% to 3.6%, Crook County’s rate fell from 4.2% to 3.1%, and Park County’s rate fell from 4.9% to 3.9%. Teton County’s unemployment rate rose from 2.4% in March to 3.8% in April as the ski season ended.
From April 2018 to April 2019, unemployment rates fell in nearly every county, suggesting a general tightening in the state’s labor market. The largest unemployment rate decreases were seen in Lincoln (down from 4.3% to 3.1%), Fremont (down from 5.1% to 3.9%), Hot Springs (down from 4.0% to 2.9%), Natrona (down from 4.5% to 3.5%), and Converse (down from 3.6% to 2.6%) counties.
The highest unemployment rates in Wyoming were found in Big Horn County at 4.5% and Fremont, Park, and Uinta counties, all at 3.9%. The lowest unemployment rates were reported in Niobrara County at 2.2% and Albany and Converse counties, both at 2.6%.
Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) increased from 279,400 in April 2018 to 283,500 in April 2019, a gain of 4,100 jobs (1.5%).
Research & Planning has scheduled the May employment news release for June 25, 2019.
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Division proposes changes that will affect the Division’s rules, regulations and fee schedule. These proposals include modifications to the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Rules, Regulations and Fee Schedules;
Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Chapter 9 – Fee Schedules rules were last updated on 5/23/18. The Division updates the fee schedules and the rules each year to adopt the most recent codes published by the American Medical Association (AMA) and Optum 360. Fee schedules are a cost containment strategy as well as ensuring our injured workers can obtain quality health care and our health care providers are reimbursed at a fair rate.
“In my time on the Board of Directors, I hope to keep the Chamber moving in the right direction, promoting local businesses, as well as helping attract new ones. I like to explain to local businesses the benefits of being on the Chamber. The promotion a business receives from mixers, banquet, monthly newsletter and monthly luncheons is very beneficial.
“What I've learned about the Chamber that I didn't know before I started volunteering here, is I now know more about the Convention Center & Visitor's Bureau, as well as Economic Development, and what they both bring to Gillette. ”
“Who wants to work in construction?,” asked Jason Kaufman with S & S Builders, LLC.
None of the students raised their hands.
“Who would like to be a welder?”
Hands started going up. More hands raised when Kaufman talked about mechanics, and working in the mines.
“Those are all jobs in construction,” he said. “We work at the mines all the time.”
Volunteers from the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce’s NEWCA Board of Directors talked to students from Campbell County High School CTE classes on Wednesday, about working in the skilled trades. The day was interactive, with students leading the discussion, and learning from those working in different skilled trades in Campbell County.
One student asked Knecht Home Center of Gillette's Liz Mussell: “How much exactly do you make?”
Gillette Public Access Television will be televising and streaming Campbell County High School Prom Grand March and Thunder Basin High School Prom Grand March on Saturday, May 4th. Campbell County High School Grand March can be seen on cable channel 189 at 6:00 p.m. and Thunder Basin High School Grand March can be seen on cable channel 190 at 7:00 p.m. You can stream them both live at www.gillettewy.gov/gpa.
For more information, contact Gillette Public Access Television at (307) 686-5745.
The federal Economic Development Administration has approved Energy Capital Economic Development's application for a grant to provide part of the funding for the Advanced Carbon Products Innovation Center (ACPIC).
The money will be used to help purchase the land, install infrastructure and build a facility at the Fort Union Industrial Park. This facility will provide a space for organizations to take their existing lab research and commercialize it for new and profitable products made from coal.
ACPIC will provide a space where lab research can be taken from the lab and be proven to be commercially viable. Once the process and products are proven, the next step is a commercial industrial manufacturing plant to make the product. This will provide two important parts of Campbell County's future economic growth.
The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and CyberWyoming partnered to win a Microsoft TechSpark Grant and provide local cyber risk advice to area businesses. That grant was awarded on March 7.
The idea for the collaboration formed in October when Patrick Wolfinbarger and Laura Baker, Co-Founders of CyberWyoming, and Dennis Ellis, Microsoft TechSpark Manager, met with Stephanie Meisner-Maggard of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce to discuss an idea to build Wyoming’s cybersecurity awareness level.
“The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce is always looking for ways to provide businesses with resources. With the modernization of FE Warren being around the corner, it is vital for businesses to focus their attention on cybersecurity. CyberWyoming’s Made Safe program is a great solution that we have decided to integrate into our Business Accreditation Program,” said Meisner.
The scope of the project is to increase small business cybersecurity advocacy, education, awareness, and adoption of best practices in the Cheyenne community by training a cybersecurity business counselor (CBC) who will assist businesses and reside in the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. According to the Cybersecurity Small Businesses by Paulsen in 2016, nearly half of cybercrimes are targeted at small to medium sized businesses. Yet the 2016 CSID/Experian’s Small Business Security Report states that 51% of small businesses are not allocating any budget to cyber risk mitigations, so it is clear that there is a gap between need and adoption of cybersecurity best practices.
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 email@example.com
“With eighty men I could ride through the entire Sioux nation.” The story of the Fetterman Fight, near Fort Phil Kearney in present-day Wyoming in 1866, is based entirely on this infamous declaration attributed to Capt. William J. Fetterman. Historical accounts cite this statement in support of the premise that bravado and contempt for the fort’s commander, Col. Henry B. Carrington, compelled Fetterman to disobey direct orders from Carrington and lead his men into an ambush by an alliance of Plains Indians.
In the aftermath of the incident, Carrington’s superiors positioned him as solely accountable for the “massacre” by suppressing exonerating evidence. In the face of this betrayal, Carrington’s first and second wives came to their husband’s defense by publishing books presenting his version of the deadly encounter. Although several of Fetterman’s soldiers and fellow officers disagreed with the women’s accounts, their chivalrous deference to women’s moral authority during this age of Victorian sensibilities enabled Carrington’s wives to present their story without challenge.
Tuesday, April 23, 6 pm at the Campbell County Rockpile Museum, Shannon Smith, Executive Director, Wyoming Humanities will give a presentation on Women and the Myth of the Fetterman Fight. She is the author of “Give Me Eighty Men”: Women and the Myth of the Fetterman Fight, winner of the 2009 Wyoming State Historical Society non-fiction book award and is working on a biography of Frances Grummond Carrington, one of the officers’ wives who wrote about her experiences in Wyoming Territory.
In 2013, Shannon was selected as the sixth executive director for Wyoming Humanities, our state’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and one of 56 state and territorial humanities councils. She grew up in Gordon, Nebraska, 15 miles south of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she received a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1982 and worked for two decades in the software industry in New York City, Boston, and Denver. Shannon returned to the University of Nebraska where she received a master’s in American History in 2001 and began her teaching and writing career focusing on women in the West and in Wyoming in particular. From 2002-2009 she taught at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is located at 900 W 2nd Street in Gillette. This presentation is free, and open to the public.
"I have enjoyed hearing how the Gillette Area Leadership Institute has evolved since I was a part of it. I have always encouraged everyone to be a part of GALI, to learn about our fabulous community and all that it offers, as well as participating in the many networking and marketing opportunities that are available at an exceptional value to its members."
Not every G.A.L.I. class has had the opportunity to fly in a Black Hawk helicopter as part of the group's annual visit to the state legislature. This year's class got to visit the Wyoming Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne in February, but due to strong winds (in Wyoming? Who knew!), the choppers were grounded for the day.
Brigadier General Gregory C. Porter generously offered to bring the Black Hawks to Gillette later on in the year. On April 8th, G.A.L.I. students, both from the present class and past classes, were able to take a ride around the skies over Gillette. Thank you to the Wyoming National Guard for visiting us!
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Press release from March 15, 2019:
Legend Communications of Wyoming is pleased to announce that Ted Peiffer has been named General Manager of the seven radio stations of the Basin Radio Network, serving Gillette, WY, Campbell County and the surrounding basin.
Legend Communications of Wyoming is the owner of the Basin Radio Network stations and has a total of 22 radio stations across the state of Wyoming.
Legend’s owners, Larry and Susan Patrick, stated that they were thrilled to bring Ted Peiffer on board to manage the Gillette stations. “Ted has had a very successful career in radio management having spent many years managing stations in the Rapid City market. He has significant management and marketing experience. Ted’s leadership will enable the Basin Radio Network to continue to super serve our communities, our listeners and our advertisers throughout region.”
Mr. Peiffer commented that “I am very excited to join Legend Communications and the Basin Radio Network. Larry and Susan are outstanding broadcasters and we have a terrific staff in Gillette. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity.”
For more information contact Ted Peiffer at (307) 686-2242
Basin Radio Network stations include: KIML-AM, KAML-FM, KGWY-FM, KDDV-FM, KLED-FM and two translators.