An Economic Asset to Our Community – the NEW Laramie High School

Laramie finally has an opportunity to improve our high school now that Governor Mead has signed the funding bill into law. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of LHS (’91). Now that I am a bit older and experienced, I can honestly say that our children have been short changed for many years. The old LHS facility is lousy when compared to schools across the state. I look hopefully to the future that the school bond issue will pass and Laramie will have a high school facility that we can all be proud of. I shudder to think that our community could be so short sighted and not pass the coming bond issue. Continue reading “An Economic Asset to Our Community – the NEW Laramie High School”

LEDC Leads Effort for Revamp of Laramie’s Uniform Development Code

The Laramie Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) has created a webpage on its website to serve as a vehicle for gathering community feedback and recommendations regarding Laramie’s Unified Development Code (UDC). Of particular interest are comments from people in the business community who have encountered difficulties complying with the UDC on matters relating to commercial and industrial buildings and sites.

This new LEDC webpage is accessed by clicking on “Unified Development Code” under the “Existing Businesses” tab of the LEDC website.

LEDC President & CEO, Gaye Stockman, noted “Last year, our Industrial Properties Committee created a UDC sub-committee specifically for the purpose of identifying and addressing modifications to the UDC. The sub-committee focuses on provisions of the Code perceived to be particularly troublesome for the expansion and growth of both existing and new businesses considering opportunities in the City of Laramie.” Continue reading “LEDC Leads Effort for Revamp of Laramie’s Uniform Development Code”

Cirrus Sky Technology Park will Benefit Laramie

Mr. Harrison’s December 27th letter in the Casper Star Tribune (see the link below) regarding the proposed Cirrus Sky Technology Park perpetuates misinformation about the project.

First of all, the Wyoming Business Council has scrutinized this grant proposal as will the State Lands and Investment Board. While there are never any guarantees, due diligence to help ensure this grant money is not “wasted” is being done by intelligent and competent people.

The $5.4 million grant is not for a 2,200 acre project, rather for an approximate 160 acre project that is intended for technology related businesses. In addition, the City of Laramie has drafted a specific zoning ordinance to limit the use as such. There will be no heavy industrial activities, rather a well planned development consisting of high quality construction. Continue reading “Cirrus Sky Technology Park will Benefit Laramie”

New Engineering College Expansion at UW

I’ve had the pleasure of sitting on the advisory board for Civil and Architectural Engineering Department at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Wyoming. This past week I had the pleasure of being asked to sit on the National Advisory Board for the College. One of the most exciting developments at UW is the appropriation of funds from the state to significantly enhance the facilities and curriculum of the College of Engineering.

My grandfather was and Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at UW. After his time at Purdue, where he earned his PHD, he came back to teach and research at UW. He also spent many years as the department head of civil engineering. I had the pleasure of spending lots of time with him over that past 8 years and we spoke a lot about his time at UW. When I told him that UW was likely going to upgrade the college, he said “well, its about damn time.” According to him, the building was out of date back in the late ’50s. Continue reading “New Engineering College Expansion at UW”