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.
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 email@example.com 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
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"
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.
“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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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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"I think it’s really important to educate our members and the community on the ability and success of the Chamber when it comes to advocacy. The support we’ve seen over the years from the Chamber in terms of advocating for the coal industry is incredible. I want our members and the citizens of Campbell County to understand the role the Chamber can play, and has played, in advocating for issues that matter to our community and businesses.
"Before being on the Board of Directors, I didn’t realize how much the Chamber did. Beyond the ribbon cuttings and gold bucks, there is so much more to the services and support that the Chamber provides. I do my best to educate members and the community on the great things the Chamber does for Campbell County. Cloud Peak Energy supports a number of programs in the area and encourages our employees to get involved as well.
"Cloud Peak Energy greatly benefits from having a voice at the table. The network the Chamber has provided with regard to exposure of industry issues and supporters has made a significant impact on our business."
The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.1% in December to 4.0% in January. Wyoming’s unemployment rate was the same as the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.0%.
From December to January, most county unemployment rates followed their normal seasonal pattern and increased. Jobless rates usually increase in January because of seasonal job losses in construction, retail trade, government, transportation & utilities, and other sectors.
From January 2018 to January 2019, unemployment rates decreased in 14 counties, increased slightly in eight counties, and remained unchanged in Lincoln County. The largest decreases occurred in energy producing counties. Campbell County’s rate fell from 4.9% to 4.0%.
Total nonfarm employment in Wyoming (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) increased from 276,100 in January 2018 to 281,300 in January 2019, a gain of 5,200 jobs (or 1.9%).
- Report courtesy the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.
"When I started working at the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, I kept hearing mentions of G.A.L.I.," writes Finance Director Brandi Brockmoller.
Brandi has been a Chamber employee since Fall of 2017, and joined the 2018/2019 Gillette Area Leadership Institute class this year. (Three of our six employees have already been through the program.) G.A.L.I. was started in 1986 to bring like minded individuals together who wanted to serve their community as a leader.
Each month the group spends at least one day touring entities and facilities within the community. They learn the inner workings of, and meet the individuals who are leading teams that work in the public sector. February was the annual class field trip to Cheyenne to meet with legislators (and our new Governor). Brandi and her class saw the signing of Senate Resolution 1, declaring a day to recognize the 150th anniversary of Wyoming Women's Suffrage.
She writes about her experience so far with the Gillette Area Leadership Institute:
Most of today's businesses were not around 50 years ago and most businesses that will be around 50 years from now don't exist today. That's one of the messages Jack Mason gave to the Energy Capital Economic Development FUEL Business Incubator members and guests at a breakfast meeting March 1 at the Energy Capital Economic Development Enterprise Center.
Jack became the chief operating officer of the University of Wyoming's Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship last fall. The institute seeks to foster innovation and entrepreneurship across the state. Jack was in Gillette last week to visit with local businesses, tour Campbell County and Gillette, and be introduced to the community.
He described the institute's role and resources to the FUEL members and explained how those resources could benefit them. He also emphasized how fast business ideas change and how flexible and innovative business people need to be in order to achieve success.
"We were so happy to have Jack come speak to our FUEL members and guests," Judith Semple, Volunteer Director of the FUEL Business Incubator, said. "As entrepreneurs, they need to know there is support for what they do as well as know about the resources that are readily available for their businesses."
Jack was accompanied by Dr. David Sprott, Dean of the University of Wyoming College of Business. This was their first visit to Gillette. In addition to speaking at the ECED FUEL Business Incubator, Jack presented to the Gillette Energy Rotary Club and the Kiwanis club. The tour of the community included a visit to the Campbell County Rec. Center, The Cam-Plex, Gillette College's Technical Education Center and Area 59, tours of Dry Fork and Atlas Carbon, and much more.
"Gillette warmly welcomed Jack and David," Phil Christopherson, CEO of ECED, said. "Everywhere they went the community members welcomed them."
[Story originally appeared in the Energy Capital Economic Development Newsletter. If you'd like to sign up and receive economic news from across Wyoming, click here.]
Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow applauds a new law that provides greater flexibility for Wyoming students to qualify for a Hathaway Scholarship.
“After years of work with industry and career and technical teachers, I am proud that Wyoming took one more step toward recognizing the viability of the trades and career readiness training,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow.
“With this bill, we can help deliver the skilled workforce that Wyoming industries need, no matter if that’s a four-year degree or specialized training. Whatever our cars will run on in the future, we’re still going to need mechanics with advanced skills to keep them on the road. We need welders, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and wind turbine technicians. Also, with Wyoming leading the way in blockchain technology, there is a growing demand for computer coders, tech engineers, and developers.”
Senate File 43, signed into law on February 15 by Governor Mark Gordon, expands Hathaway Scholarship opportunities. Wyoming students with an aptitude and passion for specialty trades now have more options for meeting the Hathaway Success Curriculum requirements in high school.
For 2019 and 2020 high school graduates, students can take either the current Success Curriculum or the new amended curriculum. The new Success Curriculum will take full effect in the 2021 school year.
"In my time volunteering for the Chamber, I hope to ensure we address current issues that impact our local businesses. I also hope to expand our networking capabilities, and bring affordable education and training to our members, so they may grow in their businesses.
"Being on the Board has given me a different view of our community concerns, which allows me to see where my business might be helpful in areas I had not considered before. For example, working with staff on the Innovate & Grow Conference, allows me to educate small business owners that I might never reach otherwise.
"In my discussions with family, friends, and business acquaintances, I see how they can benefit from the Chamber's advocacy, education and support. I encourage businesses to be a part of the Chamber to help grow their visibility in the community and expand their networks."
Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM) is excited to announce that Emily Graslie, The Field Museum’s Chief Curiosity Correspondent and host of the science YouTube channel The Brain Scoop, will be the keynote speaker at CWAM’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Gillette, Wyoming. The annual meeting will be held May 23 to 25 at CAM-PLEX, 1635 Reata Dr., and Emily will speak at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24. Tickets will be available March 1 at CWAM-US.org.
Born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, Emily has been a museum advocate since 2011, when she began volunteering at the University of Montana’s Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum. In 2013, she joined The Field Museum where she uses a variety of new media to communicate the importance of natural history museums with the world. Emily has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the American Alliance of Museum's Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence. She’s a six-time Webby Award honoree and nominee in the ‘Online Science/Education Channel’ and ‘Web Personality/Host’ categories; a member of the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list in Education; and was named as a ‘Person of the Year’ in 2017 by the Chicago Tribune.
The theme for the Annual Meeting is “Energy for Impact,” focusing on re-energizing museum workers and volunteers and, in turn, energizing the public. On this topic, Emily will speak about the value of curiosity and its impactful role in museums.
Learn more about the Annual Meeting at CWAM-US.org. Tickets will be available March 1. Session proposals will be accepted through Feb. 1.
The CWAM 2019 Annual Meeting is generously supported in part by grants from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources; the Papers of William F. Cody; and the Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
"With my time on the board, I hope to listen to our local businesses and find ways that we can help them to succeed in our community, making them as a business - as well as our community - stronger. By serving on the board I have been able to get to grow in my personal understanding of the business environment of Campbell County. This has helped me better understand my customers, and allows me to find the right solutions that we offer that best benefit them.
"I personal choose to advocate for the Chamber by serving as an Energizer, representing publicly the Chamber to our business community. I also utilize the relationships I have built in our community, to help the businesses that I work with to understand what is available to them through our local Chamber."