Trying to take advantage of retail opportunities and getting a better understanding of how much local money is leaving the community is a new project the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce is eyeing.
On Tuesday, officials of the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce spoke to the Sweetwater County Commissioners on a variety of projects. Chamber Officials included Chief Executive Officer Dave Hanks, Kayla McDonald, Keaton West and Gary Watkins.
One of the subjects discussed was a project the Chamber is starting to investigate. The program would help identify which businesses would work and which ones would not in Sweetwater County.
From 2000 to 2013, Sweetwater County led the state in economic development. Hanks said since then the numbers have fallen off. To help focus on getting these numbers back up, the Chamber is looking at doing a retail gap analysis.
The program looks at how many people are leaving the county for other services and retail. Hanks explained it also targets retail opportunities that Sweetwater County could be profiting from.
“We are lookang at long term developments,” Hanks said.
The program is funded by a grant from the Wyoming Business Council. It does require a 25 percent match. Hanks said while he is not in the position to ask for the match money yet, he envisioned an equal split between the two cities and county.
The match would be approximately $16,000 which would be around $5,300 a piece.
Commissioner Chairman Wally Johnson asked if he had spoken to the cities.
The Chamber recently presented the information to the Rock Springs City Council and Hanks said they liked the idea. He said they are planning on meeting with the city of Green River soon.