Wednesday, September 23rd, Chambers of Commerce and businesses from across the State gathered to attend the Wyoming Business & Industry Federation's Annual Fly-In.
The Fly-In is hosted in Washington, D.C. each year and allows local voices to be heard at a national level. This year, the group faced travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, Congressional Delegates and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined the event virtually in Wyoming's State Capitol, Cheyenne.
Sharing our priorities helps Congress express Wyoming's needs and provides them the tools necessary to negotiate at the federal level for advancement. The group addressed important issues impacting our community and economy - from COVID-19 to improving State infrastructures.
The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce facilities advancing agendas related to community and economic health. Moving forward, the following remain priorities for the Congressional Delegation and the Chamber; Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), COVID-19 economic relief, and infrastructure development.
A recent example of these efforts can be seen in the country's national defense upgrade, GBSD. The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce has advocated that FE Warren Air Force Base should be the first site to receive a modernized intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system. Recently, the United States Air Force (USAF) announced that FE Warren will be the first in the nation to receive this upgrade. This will bring the largest Congressional investment to the State of Wyoming.
Wyoming has a voice in Washington, and it matters!
The Chamber of Commerce extends a special thank you to The Office Bar & Grill for hosting the group and catering meals.
Also, thank you to everyone who took part in the event program.
8 - 8:30 a.m. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi
8:30 - 9 a.m. - Group COVID-19 discussion to prepare for U.S. Chamber of Commerce briefing
9 - 10:00 a.m. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Briefing
10- 10:15 a.m. - Break
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. - GBSD/EUL/Military Group discussion to prepare for afternoon briefings
11 a.m. - J.R. Reskovac (Chamber lobbyist) - Capitol decisions
12 p.m. - Lunch
1 p.m. - U.S. Senator John Barrasso
2 p.m. - U.S. Congresswoman Liz Cheney
3 - 5 p.m. - Break
5 p.m. - Cocktail Hour
6 p.m. - Dinner
The Wyoming Business Advocates Program serves as the ultimate voice for the Cheyenne area. Investments in this program help strengthen our local economy through continued monitoring of relevant topics and issues. The group does advocacy work on a city, state and national level with a representative working on our members' behalf in D.C. The Wyoming Business Advocates meet monthly on the last Thursday of each month.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Wyoming Business Advocates program to attend the Fly-In and other important events, please click below for more information.