We work for Powell, Wyoming!
Economic Development, for a rural community is a broad reaching practice that needs a laser focus. The Powell Economic Partnership (PEP) is one organization with a strategic focus on three functions: economic development, community vibrancy, and tourism.
How does PEP make progress? One year at a time.
For instance, PEP took over management of the Powell Chamber and Powell Visitor Center in 2017. The management shift has a ripple effect. Powell has a new energy, interest, and enthusiasm.
The consolidation in 2018 with one board and one staff gives Powell a unified voice. In Fact, unity brings programs to Powell that support the growth of existing businesses. One voice is a strong voice, PEP advocates for Powell locally and throughout the state of Wyoming. PEP sets the pace, targeting sectors for growth and recruitment initiatives.
PEP lifts our community by building capacity in 2019. For Example, lifts are made by identifying assets, celebrating our culture and namesake. Moreover, PEP identifies and removes barriers. Powell, Wyoming has a lot to be proud about. Discover how the Powell Economic Partnership/ Powell Chamber/ Powell Visitor Center is working for Powell, WY by watching our annual report videos.
Setting the Pace in 2018
Pacesetters we all have them. That person, that business, that organization just a few steps ahead. Encouraging you forward to run another step, run faster, be better. Leading the way. Empowering you forward. Powell Economic Partnership is your Pacesetter.
PEP's highlights in 2018 include solidifying the public private partnership for the Clocktower Inn of Powell, Wyoming. As well as, hosting the Wyoming Diversification Summit and Meet the Candidates.
The Powell Chamber ran a successful crowd funding campaign to install a new LED sign that highlights community events. Promoting the Powell Bucks program to large organizations results in 17,180 of Powell Bucks in circulating in the City of Powell. Furthermore, The Powell Chamber is a communications hub for the community.
The Powell Visitor Center served 3,095 in-person tourists, business travelers, Northwest College students, their families and community members.
Ripple Effect in 2017
The biggest story for PEP in 2017, is the consolidation of economic and community development services of PEP with the Powell Chamber. Powell, WY is the fourth community in #Wyoming to combine these entities, including the Visitor Center. The consolidation allows PEP to lead the community with a more holistic approach to economic development. As a result, PEP has expanded efforts for local business growth and support, entrepreneurship development, and strategic main street initiatives.
Powell has stronger communications and promotions of Powell as a destination and its events. Additionally, with strategies aligned, the Powell Visitor Center can elevate local tourism and support visitor attractions in Northwest Wyoming in partnership with the Park County Travel Council and the Wyoming Department of Tourism.
PEP continues to work diligently in its strategic priorities including business recruitment and entrepreneurship. In addition, projects like GT Aeronautics and Tread 'N' Trails and their ripples will continue to resonate throughout our community. These growth opportunities leverage the support of key state partners like the Wyoming Business Council.
Additionally, PEP continues its strategic support of its local businesses, bringing relevant and timely resources and assistance. These efforts are bolstered by attention and support from Governor Mead's initiative for diversification, ENDOW, Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming.
PEP brings its local businesses and solutions to the table to help stimulate further conversation at the bigger picture. For example, one of the key conversations that PEP hosted locally in 2017 with considerable interest from ENDOW was around healthcare options for small businesses.