VIDEO: URA Ribbon Cutting; Governor Matt Mead joins local officials to celebrate the opening of the renovated Bunning Transfer Building

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ROCK SPRINGS – Hanging on to the history which makes Rock Springs special has been a focus of the city for many years. On Wednesday, the city celebrated the restoration of one of these historical buildings.

Early Wednesday morning, local officials, city employees and residents joined Wyoming Governor Matt Mead to celebrate the opening of the new Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency offices at the old Bunning Transfer Building. Rock Springs Mayor Carl Demshar has been vocal about the new building for several months and was again on Wednesday.

Demshar said Wednesday was a great day for Rock Springs as they celebrated three new buildings in the city, two of which are located in the historic downtown. He said it really shows Rock Springs is moving forward while also improving quality of life. As he has several times, Demshar said the building is a great addition to the Rock Springs Downtown and the downtown revitalization efforts.

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On Wednesday morning, Governor Matt Mead said he left in a snowstorm but was glad to be back in Rock Springs to celebrate progress. When the phrase economic development is brought up, Mead said Rock Springs is one of the first communities which comes to mind.

Preserving Wyoming history has been important and Mead said so many times these old historic buildings are torn down. He said by preserving buildings such as the old Bunning Transfer Building helps keep that history alive.

Director of the Rock Springs Main Street/URA Chad Banks is excited about the new building and moving forward in bringing the historic downtown back to life.

“We’re thrilled with the restoration of the building and what it adds to Downtown Rock Springs,” Banks said. “ Not only will the building house our offices, but public restrooms and an event facility that can be used for public and private events  The building is another cornerstone in downtown and brings more life to the area.”