Forward Greater Cheyenne to announce community & economic strategy on Jan. 17

CHEYENNE, Wyo - Forward Greater Cheyenne will announce its community and economic strategies at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 17 in the Atlas Theater.

Concerned about the future of the Greater Cheyenne area, community leaders formed Forward Greater Cheyenne and embarked upon a strategic planning process to help make the area a more prosperous and vibrant place to live, work, and do business.

Key partners have included: City of Cheyenne, Cheyenne Laramie County Economic Development Joint Powers Board, Laramie County, Black Hills Corporation, Laramie County Community College, Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, Laramie County School District 1, Downtown Cheyenne, High West Energy, Jonah Bank of Wyoming, Cheyenne LEADS, Visit Cheyenne, and First American Title. A diverse Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the public, private, and non-profit sectors have guided this process.

To develop a comprehensive plan, Forward Greater Cheyenne Committee hired Atlanta-based Market Street Services to conduct a community assessment to take into account the wants and needs of Greater Cheyenne’s residents, workers, and employers, as well as to develop an Economic and Workforce Profile to provide detailed analysis of the area’s economic and workforce composition. The entire process included input from over 2,400 people in the community.

Th input derived from the Community Assessment and Economic and Workforce Profile has led to the development of Forward Greater Cheyenne's Community and Economic Development Strategy, which is being released at a launch party on January 17. The plan details eight strategic initiatives related to the community’s identified challenges and opportunities, and a corresponding set of actions and investments needed to help meet our community’s goals.

Rachel Girt