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Business Council recommends $2.9M grant for Laramie

November 24, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

PrintBusiness Council recommends $2.9M grant for LaramiThe Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors unanimously recommended approval of a $2,935,924 grant request for the construction of a Laramie manufacturing building during its Monday meeting in Cheyenne.

The city of Laramie applied for the Business Ready Community, Business Committed grant to build a 15,500 square foot facility for Tungsten Heavy Powder & Parts, an international supplier of tungsten components for military, industrial engineering and medical markets. The San Diego, California, manufacturer announced in August it was moving its China-based production of tungsten fragments and penetrators to Laramie.

“This is one of those manufacturing (companies) that I think we’ve been looking for in Wyoming for some time,” said board member Pete Illoway.

The recruitment of Tungsten Heavy Powder addresses growing demand in Laramie for high-paying, vocational jobs, added Laramie City Manager Janine Jordan.

Tungsten Heavy Powder committed to creating 25 jobs when it opens and doubling its workforce in the following five years. However, CEO Joe Sery anticipates exceeding both those totals.

“Since we announced our plan to open a facility in the U.S. we’ve had more customers coming forward.” Sery said. “I have no doubt we will exceed the employment we have committed to.”

Sery visited a number of Wyoming communities before deciding Laramie was the best fit.

“(The Business Council has) been working with this particular business for almost a year,” said Shawn Reese, chief executive officer of the Business Council. “This will bring a new manufacturing business from China to the state of Wyoming.”

The grant money will be exceeded by local and state taxes combined with the lease and eventual sale of the building, Reese added.

The Business Council is the state’s economic development arm. The agency administers the Business Ready Community Grant and Loan Program. The program provides money for publicly-owned infrastructure – like buildings, roads and sewers – that serve the needs of businesses and promote economic development within Wyoming communities.

State statute requires the Business Council board to forward grant recommendations to the State Loan and Investment Board for final approval. The SLIB is comprised of the five statewide elected officials: the governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer and state superintendent of public instruction.

The Business Council board’s recommendations will be presented to the State Loan and Investment Board at 8 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2015, in Room 1699 of the Herschler Building.


Final Rural LDR’s Posted Online

November 24, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Comp-PlanThe Final Draft of the rural area LDR and zoning map updates has been posted to the ‘Rural LDR Updates’ page of The Final Draft is the result of Board of County Commissioners direction through October 22, 2015. A table of the Board’s direction that also include notes from staff on implementation of that direction is posted with the Final Draft.

The Board of County Commissioners will consider adoption of the Final Draft at a continuation of their hearing on the Rural LDRs scheduled for 1:30 pm, December 15, 2015 as part of their regular meeting. In order for public comment to be included in the review materials for the meeting please submit them to by noon on December 9, 2015.

Rural LDR Adoption Schedule

·         December 9, 2015, noon: Staff report for December 15 meeting published, submitted comment on final draft will be included with meeting materials.

·         December 15, 2015, 1:30 pm: Board of County Commissioners hearing to consider adoption of the Rural LDR updates, Zoning Map amendments, and Teton County Scenic Preserve Trust Resolution updates.

·         April 1, 2016: Proposed effective date of the Rural LDR updates and zoning map amendments, in the time between adoption and effective date an applicant will be able to apply under the current or update LDRs.

The Snow Closes Roads on the Bridger-Teton National Forest

November 24, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments


The Snow Closes Three Jackson area Roads on the Bridger-Teton National Forest


 The Jackson Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest announced that the Granite Creek road and the Mosquito Creek road, south of Jackson and the Shadow Mountain road, north of Jackson will be closed on November 24, 2015. These roads are currently not passable by vehicle and with more snow predicted on Wednesday, it is prudent to close the gates before the Thanksgiving holiday, when people might be tempted to drive these roads in search of Christmas trees.


The Fall Creek road will remain open to vehicles.  All roads will be closed on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 when the winter travel restrictions go into effect on the Forest.


Every year the Forest hears of a motorists caught on a Forest road during a severe blizzard or storm. The results can be traumatic and/or fatal unless you are prepared. Make sure you check with local authorities such as the local Forest Service Offices about road conditions before you set out on your trip. Most Forest Service roads of the Bridger-Teton National Forest are covered with deep snow and are not maintained, and are impassable during the winter. Also check current and forecast weather conditions before beginning your trip.


Many people are unaware of the hazards of winter travel. Harsh conditions of wind, cold, snow, or whiteout can turn an outing into a tragedy. Knowledge of the area, weather, route and the limitations of your body equipment, and vehicle or snowmobile plus a little common sense can ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.


Layers of clothing which can be adjusted to prevailing conditions are best. Avoid tight fitting clothes and boots that may restrict circulation. Take extra socks and gloves or mittens, warm cap, matches in a waterproof container, fire-starter, nylon cord, general purpose knife, high-energy food, plastic tarp, space blanket, signal mirror, first aid kit, wide tape for repairs and metal container for melting snow.


Snowmobilers should be certain to have wrench pliers, extra sparkplugs and drive belt, and a spare ignition key. Experienced snowmobilers always carry snowshoes (in case of machine failure), as well as the normal emergency and survival gear for winter.

As always, the Bridger-Teton reminds visitors to the National Forest to make sure they have told someone of the planned outing. Before you leave, notify a responsible person of:

•         Your planned route of travel. Mark it on a map for them.

•         Your planned departure time.

•         Your planned time of return-be sure to check back in.


When someone is overdue, keep calm. Notify the County Sheriff or District Ranger in the trip area. Either the county Sheriff or District Ranger will then take steps to alert or activate the local search and rescue organization. If the missing person returns later, be sure you advise the Sheriff or Ranger.


The Bridger-Teton National Forest is vast, but in some areas those traveling by skis, snowshoes, and snowmobiles must share the same routes and areas. Common sense and courtesy will provide a safe and pleasant experience for everyone. 

Grove Costs Less

November 23, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

TCHA_logo-sidebarIt’s all about the Grove when the County Commission meets this morning at 9.

On the agenda is a change order for Grove phase 2 that will lower the cost of the project by over 130000.00.

The construction team, which includes the owner and owner’s rep, architect, and contractor, meets every week under the auspices of the Commissioners. One of the goals of these meetings is to find cost savings that can be realized in the project. This time around, savings add up to a deduction of $132,770.00. The cost will be lowered from $9,193,723.00 to $9,060,953.00.

Housing Authority Stacey Stoker will also bring the board up-to-date on the fast-paced progress on Phase 2 construction


County Shoots Down START Ideas

November 23, 2015 Uncategorized 1 Comment



When the county invited new Start Director Darren Brugmann to brief them on the new bus initiatives, he gave them an update on a faster town shuttle rout that would be in addition to the existing route and also talked farther afield about negotiations with Teton County Idaho on participation with their Park and Ride Program, Vanpooling initiative, and even inviting a Teton Valley resident to serve on the START board.


Brugmann said that Driggs was seeking several thousand dollars to maintain their parking lot that is used by commuters and that perhaps START may help them.


But Deputy County Attorney Keith Gingery, who said liability quickly shot down the ideas of any START aide over the Spud Curtain and state statue prohibited such arrangements.


The Town of Jackson operates the START Bus and the meeting was considered a courtesy review. No telling if the town will pursue cooperation with our partners in Teton Valley.

Start Offers New Routes

November 21, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

START-BusSTART Bus puts new routes in motion with its winter schedule. The new “Town Shuttle B” servicing a direct route through town via Snow King Avenue starts Friday, November 27th. A new weekend “Late Night Shuttle” departs from the Jackson Town Square on Fridays and Saturdays at 10:45 p.m., 11:15 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. starting Friday, December 11th. The Town Shuttle is always free, and service to and from Teton Village is free to everyone for thefirst week from Friday, November 27th, through Friday, December 4th. Ride the bus!

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