Wyoming Business Council http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming Energy Program Wins National Award http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-energy-program-wins-national-award <p>A Wyoming program that incentivizes businesses’ use of green energy has won a national innovation award.</p><p>The Wyoming Renewable Energy Credit program was named the 2014 Economic Development Award Recipient by Business Facilities Magazine, a national publication on business expansion.</p><p>The initiative is a partnership between the Powder River Energy Corporation and the Wyoming Business Council. It offers a discount on energy costs for Wyoming businesses interested in using green power.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:57:30 +0000 Miles Bryan 61053 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Energy Program Wins National Award Grants Available For Wyoming Public Transportation Projects http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/grants-available-wyoming-public-transportation-projects <p>Smaller Wyoming communities considering public transportation programs can get help from the Business Council starting in July.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While federal funds exist to support transportation programs, many towns and cities need help financing the pre-planning. Energy efficiency program manager Sherry Hughes says that there’s where these grants come in.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:54:07 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 60438 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Grants Available For Wyoming Public Transportation Projects New Business Council CEO Is Optimistic http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-business-council-ceo-optimistic <p>Wyoming Business Council has hired Shawn Reese to take over as its CEO this month.&nbsp; Reese replaces Bob Jensen who stepped down in March.&nbsp; Reese worked for the business council for many years and recently has worked for Governor Matt Mead.&nbsp; He tells Bob Beck that the state is making headway on diversifying the economy.</p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:01:32 +0000 Bob Beck 59482 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New Business Council CEO Is Optimistic Wyoming Business Council CEO Bob Jensen Steps Down http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-business-council-ceo-bob-jensen-steps-down <p>Wyoming Business Council CEO Bob Jensen is resigning. &nbsp;Jensen has led the Business Council for over a decade and oversaw projects like the expansion of the rail industry in Evanston, expansion of data centers in the state, and growth of the manufacturing sector in Gillette. Governor Matt Mead has thanked Jensen for his service. Jensen will step down at the end of March to spend more time with his wife, who has multiple sclerosis.</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 00:46:37 +0000 Irina Zhorov 54712 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Business Council CEO Bob Jensen Steps Down Business Council Approves Money For Magpul http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/business-council-approves-money-magpul <p> The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors has unanimously approved $13 million in state grants and loans to help one of the country's largest producers of ammunition magazines for guns relocate to the state.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Erie, Colo.-based Magpul Industries is planning to move its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne. The company vowed to leave Colorado after that state enacted gun control laws last year.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 24 Jan 2014 01:41:00 +0000 Associated Press 52999 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Business Council Approves Money For Magpul Wyoming initiative helps small businesses get federal grants http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-initiative-helps-small-businesses-get-federal-grants <p>Last year, 13 companies received grants from a Wyoming initiative which they then used to apply for larger, federal grants. The Wyoming Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Program was established to help small businesses in the state get more federal grants that could be beneficial to their businesses. Each award is for up to $5,000 and can be used for any purpose that would improve a federal grant proposal.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:24:55 +0000 Irina Zhorov 52537 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming initiative helps small businesses get federal grants Wyoming is a national leader in data center recruitment http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-national-leader-data-center-recruitment <p>Wyoming is aggressively working to attract data centers to the state.&nbsp; The industry magazine Expansion Solutions recently recognized the Cowboy State’s efforts to accommodate companies looking to build or expand their computing operations.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:17:26 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 48834 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming is a national leader in data center recruitment Wyoming exports up http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-exports <p>Wyoming exported more goods to foreign markets in 2012 than in 2011.</p><p>Total revenue went from 1-point-2 billion dollars to 1-point-4 billion dollars. The largest market is Canada, followed by Australia and Brazil. Machinery and raw commodities like coal, and oil and gas are the top exports.</p><p>C-E-O of the Wyoming Business Council, Bob Jensen, says there are several factors that contributed to the growth.</p><p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:42:07 +0000 Irina Zhorov 45588 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming exports up Forage Field Day meant to help new hay growers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/forage-field-day-meant-help-new-hay-growers <p>After a harrowing drought and a wet spring, Wyoming’s hay inventory is down and prices are holding steady.<br><br>Still, the forage market is a fickle industry, says Wyoming Business Council Crop and Forage Program Manager Donn Randall. He says hay values are not standardized the way other commodities are.<br><br>“It’s so subjective to the buyer’s preference,” Randall says. “Horse people, they want it green and leafy, and you know, dairy people, they have to have relatively high feed values.”<br> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:56:32 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 42323 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Forage Field Day meant to help new hay growers SLIB funds economic development projects http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/slib-funds-economic-development-projects <p> The State Loan and Investment Board or SLIB approved over eight million dollars in Business Ready grants. &nbsp;</p><p>Among the highlights, SLIB approved funding for a major road project in Sweetwater County to benefit Uranium production and the board also agreed to a managed data center cost reduction grant for Green House Data in Cheyenne.&nbsp;</p><p>It will give the company the opportunity to expand by providing it a two-point-25 million dollar utility break.&nbsp; Shawn Mills of Green House Data says the action will help his company and the state’s economy.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:26:01 +0000 Bob Beck 39223 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org SLIB funds economic development projects Study says WY has opportunities to add value to energy resources http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-says-wy-has-opportunities-add-value-energy-resources <p>A new report, released by several stakeholders including the Wyoming Business Council, the University of Wyoming, and the Idaho National Laboratory, says there’s potential to add value to the state’s abundant energy resources. Ideas to generate value include a carbon-conversion industry to produce synthetic transportation fuels, and diversifying power generation in the state to include more wind and nuclear energy.</p><p>Wyoming Business Council CEO Bob Jensen says the report looks at both the near and distant future.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:21:59 +0000 Irina Zhorov 36647 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study says WY has opportunities to add value to energy resources $10 million in business ready grants gets final go-ahead http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/10-million-business-ready-grants-gets-final-go-ahead <p>Laramie will receive nearly $5.5 million to build a technology park in the city. The grant is one of five the Wyoming Business Council recommended to the State Loan and Investment Board, or SLIB, and today SLIB approved it. In total, SLIB approved almost $10 million for projects around the state.</p><p>Laramie Economic Development Corporation’s Board Chair, Megan Goetz, says now the pressure is on to make the project a reality.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:08:21 +0000 Irina Zhorov 35411 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org $10 million in business ready grants gets final go-ahead Farmers Markets Contribute Big Money To Wyoming's Economy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/farmers-markets-contribute-big-money-wyomings-economy <p>The Wyoming Business Council found that farmers markets contributed more than a million dollars to Wyoming’s economy last year.</p><p>The Business Council’s Cindy Garretson-Weibel says that includes direct sales from the markets, plus additional money people spend in communities when attending farmers markets.</p><p>She says farmers markets give producers marketing opportunities, and that meeting consumers face-to-face can be good for business.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:49:18 +0000 Willow Belden 30514 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Farmers Markets Contribute Big Money To Wyoming's Economy Microsoft will build a data center in Cheyenne http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/microsoft-will-build-data-center-cheyenne <p>Governor Matt Mead&rsquo;s efforts to land a Data Center for the state has paid off. Microsoft is going to build a 112 million dollar facility near Cheyenne that could employ up to 40 people.&nbsp;</p><p>To attract Microsoft, Governor Mead says the state offered nearly 11 million dollars in incentives, but he believes that the state should get a great return on its investment and&nbsp;he says it will provide high paying jobs.&nbsp; Mead has been touting the need for Data Centers and he says this is an important start.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 22:14:45 +0000 Bob Beck 22373 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Microsoft will build a data center in Cheyenne Business Council Examines Internet Access In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/business-council-examines-internet-access-wyoming <p>The Wyoming Business Council is conducting a survey to determine what parts of the state have inadequate Internet access.</p><p>Leah Bruscino is the Council&rsquo;s northwest regional director. She says some rural areas have nothing but dial-up, and it&rsquo;s hard to run a business that way.</p><p>&ldquo;Mountain lodges that cater to, say, snowmobilers or summer trade &ndash; you know, obviously being tourism businesses, they&rsquo;d like to have rich, vibrant sites and be able to send clients nice, rich information.,&rdquo; says Bruscino. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s a challenge.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 01:15:18 +0000 Willow Belden 18751 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Business Council Examines Internet Access In Wyoming