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.
"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.
Bee City USA® has renewed Gillette’s certification for 2019 following a rigorous renewal application process.
This completed the efforts of the Campbell County Master Gardeners’ Pollinator Committee to accomplish this recertification, the facilitating committee for Gillette’s efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator-friendliness.
Bee City USA is a national nonprofit organization that galvanizes communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides. Imperiled pollinators like bumble bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, bats, hummingbirds, and others are responsible for the reproduction of ninety percent of the world's wild plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.
Mayor, Louise Carter King said, “Our City Council understood the importance of sustaining pollinators when we voted to become a Bee City USA affiliate in 2016. We commend the Campbell County Master Gardeners’ Pollinator Committee for again achieving recertification.”
“We would like to thank the Mayor, City Council, and the City Parks Division for continuing to support the efforts of Gillette's Pollinator Committee. With the help of our volunteers and local community, we have been able to add more pollinator awareness events each year, including a Pollinator Party with the 4-H Cloverbuds and pollinator counts at the Urban Orchard. The Gillette Pollinator Committee would like to invite everyone to join us in celebrating our amazing pollinators during our 3rd Annual Gillette Pollinator Day Celebration at the Garden and Landscape Educational Expo on Saturday, April 6."
The Master Gardeners’ Pollinator Committee meetings are held throughout the year with dates and times advertised on the Campbell County Master Gardener webpage and invites all residents of Gillette to offer their ideas for pollinator-friendly initiatives. The more people and organizations involved, the sooner pollinator declines will be reversed.
To see Bee City USA affiliates’ annual reports, visit Bee City USA online.
Click here to read 2018's Bee City story.
"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: