During the State of the City Address at the Cheyenne Civic Center, Mayor Orr provided an overview of 2019 and shared her vision for 2020.
Last year, the Mayor sat down with her Chief Economic Development Director, Brenden Ames, and determined an attainable goal for 2019. They planned to develop 45,000 square feet of land within the downtown and West Edge.
“Now, 192,000 square feet of development has occurred within a half mile of City Hall though private investments.”
The Mayor attributed this success to private and public partnerships within downtown Cheyenne.
"Going forward in 2020, I am calling it, Together 2020, because there is so much going on in our community and we are rapidly growing."
The progress of the Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) Infrastructure Project was also mentioned. The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce has worked to push for the advancement of the EUL in preparation of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) nuclear missile project at F.E. Warren Air Force Base. The project will increase housing and commercial activity within Cheyenne.
Blue Federal Credit Union's World Headquarters at the Cole Shopping Center location will also greatly increase commercial activity. The site will be home to the Shops at Blue HQ, a community focused revitalization that will include retail and restaurant amenities for the Cheyenne community.
Mayor Orr shared the development of the new Municipal Court Building on Carey Ave. and 17th St. across from the Metropolitan is also nearing completion. She shared this is a great example of how private and public partnerships can transform our community.
New development is also on the horizon for hardship communities across the state. Cheyenne and 14 other large cities across Wyoming will receive $100,000 less in direct distribution funding from the state; however, this funding will be distributed to communities in need.
"Our small communities are the fabric of our state" explained Mayor Orr.
According to the Mayor, for Wyoming to diversify it's economy and maintain strong communities - we need to come together. 2020 will be a year of clarity and growth for the city of Cheyenne.