LEDC Partners in Progress 25th Anniversary Campaign
In 2001, Laramie’s community leaders initiated a series of visioning workshops, public forums and meetings where residents contributed their ideas to the development of the Laramie Plan. People from throughout the city brought together their opinions, expertise, hopes, and dreams.
With the creation of the Partners In Progress in 2004, an unprecedented cooperative partnership was forged between the public and private sectors to involve business and community leaders from throughout Laramie and Albany County.
Today, we continue the Partners In Progress effort and launch our 25th Anniversary Campaign. We depend on local businesses and community organizations to support these efforts through financial investments and hope you’ll join us in Creating a Better Community by enhancing the vibrancy and economic diversity in our community.
Why Invest in LEDC through Partners in Progress?
Primary Job Creation - LEDC is committed to creating primary jobs that support a great quality of life. Primary jobs create a product or service that is sold out of the area resulting in the creation of wealth.
Business Recruitment - LEDC actively work to market all of our local assets to national and international markets to provide quality jobs to our residents
Business Retention - Businesses, both new and existing, often have a need to find training, funding and other resources to encourage prosperity and growth. LEDC provides these and many other business resources.
Business Mentoring - As trends and business tools change in the field of economic development, LEDC helps Laramie stay informed and up to date. LEDC works with organizations throughout the City of Laramie and Albany County to share information that supports overall economic development and economic wealth in the region.
Our Network - Our board represents a strong mix of business leaders and innovators in the Laramie area business world. LEDC collaborates to identify issues that need support and quickly rally to bring the right people and resources to the table.
The accomplishments of this program speak for themselves.
1985 - LEDC Founded
1987 - LEDC assists Rocky Mountain Forest Products in expansion - 65 Jobs
1995 - LEDC opens its first business park
1995 - LEDC recruits Allsop to Laramie River Business Park I - 50 jobs
1998 - LEDC recruits StarTek to Laramie – 700 jobs
1999 - LEDC supports WyoTech expandsion into new campus location – 40 jobs
2002 - LEDC recruits BioLife Plasma to Laramie – 20 Jobs
2003 - LEDC assists Dodds Shoes to branch into their Internet based business
2003 - LEDC, the University of Wyoming and the City of Laramie partner to develop the Wyoming Technology Business Center, a business technology start-up incubator
2004 - LEDC supports Trihydro Corporation expansion into the Laramie River Business Park I – 30 jobs
2005 - LEDC partners with community leaders to develop the Laramie Main Street Program
2005-2008 - LEDC assists Laramie Regional Airport in obtaining nearly $4.87M for infrastructure improvements and building
2006 - LEDC assists Pete Lien and Associates to obtain a Wyoming Business Council – Business Committed Grant - $4M – 40 future jobs
2007 - LEDC assists with lease negotiations and WBC grant application for InterTech E&E (formerly CBMA)
2008 - LEDC assists Firehole Technologies locating into downtown Laramie – 18 jobs
2008 - Completion of the Laramie Technology Building – 17,000 sq ft of research & development, laboratory and production space - $2.86M
2009 - LEDC assists Coffey Surveying & Engineering, LLC with gap financing for expansion
2009 - LEDC assists with Trihydro Corporation Expansion - 30 Jobs $1.5M =WBC Business Committed Grant
Moving Forward - Your Investment at Work
The board and staff of the Laramie Economic Development Corporation continually strive to be your economic development professionals. We are committed to using current trends and techniques to maintain a cutting edge organization and we strive to swiftly respond to our investors and the community.
New Communication Strategies
As part of our 25th Anniversary and our Partners in Progress campaign we are pleased to announce new opportunities to keep you, our investors, informed about your investment and make sure you have current information about our activities. As part of our work in 2010 we will be implementing the following:
- A NEW user-friendly website and eNewsletter format - with information about the work of the organization, our successes and where your money is put to work.
- Board meetings - all board meetings shall be open to our investors.
- Annual open information meeting - to share information with investors and interested community members.
- Quarterly investors development meetings - a social opportunity to share information.
- Quarterly investors reports - both mailed to you as an investor and posted on our website for easy public access.
- An Annual Report - with details from the year in review mailed to investors and posted on our website for easy public access.
Our Work Plan
- Recruitment - by working with companies that come to us directly or through referrals
- Supporting Existing Business - by focusing on expansion possibilities through:
- Wyoming Business Council Grants
- Workforce Training Grants
- Trade Show Grants
- Assistance in finding suitable relocation facilities
- Customized assistance to meet the needs of our local businesses
- Education - to the whole community to encourage new economic development opportunities
We are committed to being a cutting edge organization and are pleased to see that our decision a year ago to focus on adding value to the business community is now considered a current national economic development trend. Business owners today determine where they will locate their businesses based on the quality of the community, and this reaffirms our decision to continue to lead the charge to help build a community that we love. Please join us in building the community we want to live in.