Economic Development
PROGRESS PROGRAM GRANTS
Made possible through our quarter-cent sales tax for economic development
Town of Yoder Clerk/Treasurer Sarita Hansen accepts Progress Program funding

Town of Yoder - Progress Program
April 15, 2021
Torrington, WY --- Goshen Economic Development utilizing ¼ cent sales tax for economic development funds to replace the water storage tank in the town of Yoder. Yoder applied and received $20,000 to put forth towards the project. The total project cost of the water tank replacement is approximately $1.7 million. Goshen Economic Development uses the Progress Program to reinvest sales tax funding back into the municipalities, businesses, and non-profits located throughout Goshen County.
 
Town of LaGrange Clerk/Treasurer Cathy Stoddard accepts Progress Program Funds
Town of LaGrange - Progress Program
April 15, 2021
Torrington, WY --- Goshen Economic Development utilizing ¼ cent sales tax for economic development funds to invest in the walking path continuation in the town of LaGrange. LaGrange applied and received $20,000 to put towards the project. The total project cost is $540,000 with Progress Program funds being utilized in the construction of the path. The Town of LaGrange is the recipient of WYDOT TAP Grant funds to fund most of the construction. Goshen Economic Development uses the Progress Program to reinvest sales tax funding back into the municipalities, businesses, and non-profits located throughout Goshen County.
Christine Braddy, Library Director (left) and Ellen Creagar, Library Board President (right)
Goshen County Library - Progress Program
June 21, 2021
Torrington, WY --- Goshen Economic Development utilizing ¼ cent sales tax for economic development funds to help the Goshen County Library update and purchase computer equipment for Library patrons to utilize. A new router was purchased to boost WIFI signals so that the internet can be accessed from their parking lot, making it available 24/7. Patrons can utilize the equipment to conduct business during the day on public computers. Goshen
County Library is an asset to our community and county, and these purchases will benefit all users.
Torrington Sod Farms new tarp system with marketing billboard
Torrington Sod Farms - Progress Program
July 8, 2021
Torrington, WY --- Goshen Economic Development utilizing ¼ cent sales tax for economic development funds for a trailer tarping system for Torrington Sod Farms. The tarping system will be a marketing billboard to increase sales and exposure in the region. The tarping system makes it much easier and safer for their employees to load and unload sod from the trailer. If this marketing campaign is beneficial, Torrington Sod Farms will continue to add to their local workforce at their farm in Goshen County. Goshen Economic Development is excited to see Sod Farm continue to grow and thrive in Goshen County.
Kim Craft (left) Fort Laramie Clerk/Treasurer and Mayor Joyce Evans accept Progress Program funds for their damaged water well.
Town of Fort Laramie - Progress Program
August 6, 2021
Torrington, WY --- Goshen Economic Development utilizing ¼ cent sales tax for economic development funds to rehabilitate town water well. Fort Laramie had significant structural damage to one of their town water wells, a main source of water to Fort Laramie residents. The total project cost was $126,254, the project was matched with USDA and SLIB funds. Goshen Economic Development uses the Progress Program to reinvest sales tax funding back in the municipalities, businesses and non-profits located in Goshen County.
Lisa Johnson is pictured accepting the Progress Program funds on behalf of Orbis Advantage, Inc.
Orbis Advantage, Inc. - Progress Program
August 17, 2021
Torrington, WY --- Orbis Advantage, Inc was awarded Progress Program funding for developing a knowledge commerce platform to broaden the scope of their organizational and leadership development programs. Webinars, online courses, and other digital materials will be available on the Orbis website behind a paywall. Orbis Advantage, Inc utilized the new E-Commerce funding available, which is meant to help Goshen County businesses build out a web and e-commerce presence.
Orbis Advantage, Inc is a business and public affairs consulting firm founded in 2017 and is located in LaGrange.
Karen Johnson, L-FL Conservation District Manager accepts the check from the Progress Program
Lingle - Fort Laramie Conservation District -- Progress Program
Torrington, WY --- The Lingle-Fort Laramie Conservation District was awarded Progress Program funds to go towards the purchase of a No-Till Drill. The drill is rented at a reasonable cost to area landowners for smaller acres and can be pulled with smaller tractors. Goshen Economic Development is proud to partner with the local conservation district for the purchase of an important piece of equipment. Agriculture is the backbone of our community and county and Goshen Economic Development is proud to support area agriculturalists.
New Website Refresh
New Improved Look
The Goshen Economic Development website not only has a new look but it is designed with our visitors in mind. Goshenwyo.com is now a search engine optimized website that has the potential to increase our organic traffic and allows for improved keyword searching. This gives the GED team a platform to communicate with our stakeholders more effectively.
National Economic Development Week
Goshen Economic Development Team Brayden Connour & Lisa Miller speaking with LaGrange citizens and Mayor Marshall.
Visiting all the Goshen County Municipalities
The goal of Economic Development Week is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere. Economic Development Week includes activities in all communities designed to highlight the importance of economic development. The GED Team had great discussions at each of the municipalities and enjoyed catching up on the projects going on in the towns.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Ethanol US, LLC
Goshen Economic Development and Chamber is excited to welcome Ethanol US, LLC to Torrington. Their decision to locate in Goshen County is the result of Business Development Director, Brayden Connour’s efforts over the past year. Please join us in welcoming Ethanol US, LLC.
Industrial Hemp - Southeast Wyoming
Justin Loeffler planting hemp on Ervin Gara’s farm in Goshen County
Torrington, WY --- GreenTree Ag. has partnered with local farmers to plant hemp in southeast Wyoming for a second year. GreenTree is working with Ervin Gara of Goshen County to plant approximately 245 acres of fiber and grain hemp varieties, and working with Tim Anderson of Laramie County to plant approximately 60 acres of fiber hemp.
City of Torrington & Panhandle Coop
Goshen Economic Development in partnership with the City of Torrington applied to the Wyoming Business Council for a Business-Ready Community (BRC) Grant. The grant request of $2.5 million was for the purchase price of the Wyoming Ethanol facility.  Panhandle Coop has covered all associated costs and expenses while investing an additional $1.5 million into equipment and renovations for the facility...
Community Development
Chamber
All events looked slightly different in 2020, and the Chamber events were no exception. We held various events throughout this Fiscal Year. Kicking off our year, we held the annual Safety Treat and Trunk or Treat, followed by our Honoring Our Local Heroes Veteran's Day program and rounding out the year with our Christmas Celebration. These events were structured by state guidelines and were approved by the state via state exception forms.

In our new fiscal year, these events will be held:

Safety Treat and Trunk or Treat Friday, October 29th
Veterans Day Celebration Thursday, November 11th
Christmas Celebration and Parade Friday, December 3rd
Christmas Celebration continued and pictures with Santa Saturday, December 4th
Ag Breakfast Re-cap
Torrington, WY —Goshen Economic Development and Chamber held their Annual Ag Appreciation Breakfast at the Goshen County Fair. The Ag Appreciation Breakfast on Goshen County Fair Day is one way of showing commitment to and support of local agriculture producers.
2021 Fair Parade Re-cap
This year we are proud to say that we had 69 parade entries.

Parade winners were:

Thank you, Wyoming Medium Correctional Facility, Goshen County Schools, and Banner Health, for judging the 2021 Fair Parade. McNamee Auction Company, LLC for being the voice of the parade. Also, all the work that Torrington Volunteer Fire Department, Torrington Police Department, and the City of Torrington put in to make the parade a reality.
Main Street
Main Street Certification
On behalf of Main Street businesses throughout Goshen County, Goshen Economic Development began the process of becoming a National Certified Main Street three years ago. The process included the addition of events such as 3rd Thursdays' and expansion of existing events such as holiday activities. National Main Street Certification creates national exposure, provides additional grant funding opportunities, and results in a cohesive community...
Placemaking and Technical Assistance Grant
Since becoming a National Certified Main Street, it has opened the door to new opportunities. This year we applied for two grant: $2,500 Placemaking Grant for a parklet project; and $7,500 Technical Assistance Grant for public art planning and a pilot project.
Main Street Events
Honoring Our Local Heroes Banner Program
Mother's Day Sales Event
3rd Thursday on Main Street
3rd Thursday on Main Street
3rd Thursday in downtown Torrington fills our Main Street area with live music, tasty food, cold drinks, crafts, vendors, late-night shopping, and local produce with a fun family atmosphere. Every third Thursday of the month from June through August businesses will be open until 6:00 PM. All festivities started at 4:00 PM. 
3rd Thursday Dates in 2021:
June 17th – Home Town Rally        
July 15th – Vintage Night 
August 19th – Safety Night 

Future Events
If you have a yearly event that you want added to our list please contact Sandy at sandy@goshenwyo.com or call 307-532-3879x1
Tourism
Goshen County Lodging Tax Board contracts with Goshen Economic Development/Chamber to implement the tourism marketing and administration of the event grant program, with oversight by this board. This work is extensive and has proven successful with the benefits measurable. One measure being overnight visitors. This number has increased by approximately 19,000 annually and has remained significantly higher than before the partnership with GED. 

In 2019, for example, Goshen County welcomed 116,000 overnight visitors. These travelers spent $33.8 million, generating $600,000 in sales taxes, 9.3% of all sales tax collected. If not for the taxes generated by the travel and tourism industry, the average household in Goshen County would have to pay an additional $332 in taxes for existing government services. 
Membership
RIBBON CUTTINGS &
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Dunne Inspection Services
Ribbon Cutting
Dunne Inspections Services became a new member in 2021 and kicked off their Five Year Business Anniversary with a Ribbon Cutting earlier this year. Dunne Inspection Services specializes in a plethora of certified inspection services listed on its website.
Bear Creek Companies
Ribbon Cutting
Judith Bartmann and Patricia Day are Farmers' Market veterans that transitioned to an e-commerce platform while public events were postponed during the pandemic. A Ribbon Cutting was held at 21st & Main to celebrate their growth into new business ventures.
Jordening American National Insurance Agency
Business After Hours
American National Insurance Agent, Josh Jordening, is expanding his reach to Goshen County. A Business After Hours event was hosted at 21st & Main to introduce their new traveling agent, Mitzi Cawthra.
Steamboat Chiropractic Health & Wellness Ribbon Cutting
Bronze Member
Steamboat Chiropractic will be having a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 30th from 4 PM - 6 PM. They are accepting new patients and want to help Goshen County!
WELCOME
NEW BUSINESSES
New Member, New Business
Equity Staffing Group
Bronze Member
Equity Staffing Group, currently located in the Loft of the 21st and Main building. They are leading the nation in innovative workforce solutions by creating and delivering high-impact results that enable clients to achieve their business goals and enhance their competitiveness. They are quickly expanding their operations and hiring new staff.
WELCOME
NEW MEMBERS
Gary's Gun Shop, LLC
Bronze Member
Serving South East Wyoming and Western Nebraska
You can put your trust in Gary's Gun Shop. We provide professional service and exceptional quality. All of our new products come with manufactures warranty. We have been in business for 20 years. Our unparalleled competitive prices, and overall value are why our loyal customers won't go anywhere else. We look forward to serving you!
GF Foods
Silver Member

Non-Profit Member
An International Organization of Men and Women Dedicated to Caring for Young and Old, Bringing Communities Closer Together, and Celebrating Life.
Revive CPR, LLC
Bronze Member
Revive CPR helps people with all of their CPR Certification needs. Whether you are a Nurse or a Parent wanting to learn, Revive CPR can reduce the time it takes to get certified and make it easy for any schedule. Businesses can make appointments for employees.
Bronze Member
Quilt Fabrics tools and tips along with yarn and needle work!
Shimic, Jayne
Individual Member
Bronze Member
At Steamboat Chiropractic Health and Wellness Clinic we believe that your health comes first and it takes education and personal goals to reach optimal health. Dr. Korinne has extensive training in gentle and specific adjustments to the spine. 
Ty's Pit Stop
Bronze Member
Ty's Pit Stop is located on Lingle, WY's Main Street. They offer gas, assorted food, and beverages perfect for road trips.
Bronze Member
Western Material Handling, with three locations, offers exclusive forklift models. They have over 150 forklifts in stock at our three locations. Training on products are available. Talk to us before buying a new forklift anywhere else!
Bronze Member
Wagner's Floral is owned and operated by sisters DeAnna and Courtney. We specialize in floral arrangements but also offer plants, candy bouquets & gifts.
PLATINUM MEMBERS
DIAMOND MEMBERS
GOLD MEMBERS
SILVER MEMBERS
Town of Fort Laramie
Town of LaGrange
BRONZE MEMBERS
28th Avenue Dance Studio 
307 Realty Professionals 
A&C Sheet Metal 
AJ's Soda Shop
America's Best Value Inn 
Arrowhead Candy, LLC 
Asmus Auto Sales
Autumn Pine Construction  
Baker & Associates
Bear Creek Creations Bakery
Bee Chilled 
Bloedorn Lumber Yard
Blueline Property Management (High Plains Apt)
Body Workz
Bomgaars 
Bread Doctor 
Caylor & Genz
Cellular Plus Verizon 
Century 21 Valley Realty
Cherry Creek Metals
Chris Ouzts, CPA 
Colonial Life - Seth Kostur
Connie English Coaching, LLC
Cottonwood Catering
Cottonwood Construction
Cottonwood Country Club 
Cottonwood Farm
Country Duchess
Cowboy AG Finance, LLC
Crafty - 1 Heating
Dana Cole & Company
Deines Irrigation
Diamond B Reality
Dinklage Feed Yard 
Dr. Taryn Kilty 
Dunne Inspection Services, LLC
Dyecrest Farms 
Eastern Wyoming Eye Clinic
Eddington & Sturgeon Law Offices
Edward Jones - Misty Kaufman
Edward Jones - Sam Wagner
Ellis Harvest Home
Emporium Restaurant
Equity Staffing Group
Farm Credit Services of America
Farm Girls Boutique
First American Title 
Frank Parts Company
Gary's Gun Shop
Goshen County 2-Shot Goose Hunt
Goshen County Fair Association
Goshen Veterinary Clinic 
Griggs Family Dental
Gro Business Solutions
Guth 1st
GW Mechanical Inc.
Health With Liz 
Hot Tamn's
J & J Ochsner Livestock
Java Jar
Jordening American National Insurance
Julie Nighswonger 
Kelley Integrity Safety Solutions 
Kenda Knudsen, CPA 
Leitheads 
Lingle Fort Laramie Conservation District
Long's Excavation and Construction 
Lujan Cleaning Service
Marie's Tortillas Frescas
Matt & Sophie Moore
McDonald's
McNamee Auction Company 
Miller Cattle & Feed Yard
Natures Composites (RRM Composites)
Newman Ranch
North Platte Physical Therapy
Off the Hook 
Oliver's Real Estate
Olson Tire Company
Open Barrel
Orbis Advantage INC
Orr Alignment & Lube 
Patrick Brothers
Peak Wellness Center
Pieper & Marsh Family Dentistry, P.C
Premier Bone and Joint 
Premier Properties
Print Express
Quality Automotive
Richardson Insurance 
Rutt Commercial Properties
Sew Addicting
Simplot Grower Solutions
South Goshen Conservation District
State Farm - Mike Rafferty
Steamboat Chiropractic Health & Wellness
Subway
TDS Collection Service
Tea Kettle Ranch Bed & Breakfast 
Timber Line Electric 
Titan Machinery (Horizon's West)
Todd Peterson
Torrington Office Supply
Torrington Vision Clinic, PC
Tri-County Coors
Ty's Pitstop
Valley Motor Supply 
Wagner's Floral
Wagons West Realty
Ward Trenching
Wattle & Daub Contractors
Webb Orthodontics
Weisshaar and Associates 
Western Material Handling Wyoming
Windmill Realty
Wyoming Child & Family Development
Wyoming Community Gas 
Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - Torrington 
Wyoming Goose Nest
Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution
Wyoming Wellness Center, LLC
Wyoming Winds Counseling 
XESI Document Solution 
NON-PROFIT MEMBERS
All Saints Episcopal Church 
Bell Park Towers
Diversified Services Inc
Elks Lodge
First Baptist Church
First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church 
Fort Laramie Historical Association  
Golden Manor Inc [Golden Homes Inc]  
Goshen Community Theatre
Goshen County 4-H Council  
Goshen County Historical Society 
Goshen County Library 
Goshen County Quilters 
Goshen County Senior Friendship Center 
Goshen County Task Force
Goshen Help 
Gracie's Promise 
Historic Jay Em on the Rawhide
Kiwanis of Goshen County
Moose Lodge
North Hills Baptist Church 
Saint Joseph Children's Home
Sonrise Church 
Southeastern Wyoming Art Association 
Torrington Elks Lodge #1726 
Torrington Rotary Club 
Travis Snow Post #5 American Legion 
University of Wyoming/Manufacturing Works
Valley Christian School 
Western Plains Historic Preservation Assoc.
Wyoming Cancer Resource Center 
Wyoming Child and Family Development
Wyoming Health Fair
Yoder Volunteer Fire Department
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS
Allison Baker
Doug Mercer 
Doug Ring
Gary Olson 
Jayne Shimic
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