Sunday, March 03, 2013

Seeking new businesses, Casper turns to economic-development strategies

Jack Crews stared as the Wal-Mart site crew drove away, taking hundreds of prospective jobs with them.

Standing on the side of a road outside Cheyenne, Crews turned to his team of economic developers and said, “That’s never going to happen to us again.”

The patch of dirt Wal-Mart once turned down is now part of the Cheyenne Business Parkway — one of two LEADS-started business parks and home to 12 businesses and nearly 2,000 jobs, according to LEADS CEO Randy Bruns.

More than 20 years later and just 180 miles away, Casper's economic development team is taking steps toward using similar tools to attract new businesses.More here

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