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Cody Christmas Decorating Contests - Business & Residential

Eligibility: Residents and Business in the city limits of Cody, Wyoming

Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11:59pm

Judging: A selection committee will judge the displays and announce the winners online and via newspaper after December 23, 2019. Riders on the Holly Jolly Trolley and Limo light tours will vote after each tour and one entry will receive a special designation of "Trolley Riders Favorite."

Displays must be lighted between 5pm and 10pm December 10th-23rd to be photographed and judged

For questions email CodyTrolleyTours@gmail.com or call 307-527-7043

Sign up your business or home online!

Rockfall mitigation project beings west of Cody on US 14/16/20

The U.S. 14/16/20 work rockfall mitigation work, according to Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost of Cody, "consists of scaling loose material, removal of rockfall debris and repair of the existing rockfall fence."

Frost said prime contractor Oftedal Construction, Inc., of Casper is scheduled to begin Nov. 18 with rock scaling. "Traffic will be carried without delay through the project from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. During the remainder of the time, motorists can expect delays of up to 20 minutes," he said.

Read the full WYDOT press release here.

Community Review Sessions!

How do you envision Cody in 5, 10 or 20 years? Engage with your neighbors and help plan your community’s future by participating in listening sessions for the Cody Community Review on October 14 to 17, 2019. Locations vary, see agenda online for more details.

The community review process, facilitated by the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming Extension, is a chance for residents of rural towns to work with state economic experts on a development strategy that builds on the city’s unique strengths and addresses opportunities for improvement.

You can get involved by attending any of the sessions, including the public listening sessions.

Public Sessions Schedule:
Monday, Oct. 14 7pm to 8:30pm at the Cody Club Room
Tuesday, Oct. 15 7pm to 9pm at the Cody Auditorium
Wednesday, Oct. 16 7pm to 9pm at the Cody Auditorium

Share the Community Review Facebook page!

If you cannot attend a session this link provides your opportunity to share your thoughts.

The Safety of Wildlife on Togwotee Pass Starts With Humans

This summer, a sow grizzly bear, known as Bear 863, and her cub have been highly visible along U.S. Highway 26/287 on Togwotee Pass, between Moran and Dubois, Wyoming. Over the past three summers, many people have had the opportunity to view Bear 863, and she has developed a large, devoted group of followers. Recently, the behavior of people around these bears has created significant concern for the safety of the bears, the people interacting with them, and traffic on the highway.

As is the case for many human-habituated bears along road corridors, the future of these bears is highly uncertain and largely depends on the behavior of people. All bears have a threshold for human presence that, once exceeded, may cause them to become aggressive towards people.

Continue reading this press release.

Thank you all for the donations!

Check out our video coverage of the stellar July 4, 2019 fireworks show! Cody, WY knows how to celebrate!

https://www.facebook.com/CodyWYChamber/videos/434207614087255/

Express Arrow Bus Service

Express Arrow is operating a limited day schedule route that makes stops in Wyoming at Lovell, Cody, Greybull, Basin, Thermopolis, Shoshoni, and Casper.

Purchase tickets online with a credit card, or locally with cash in Cody at the Wyoming Buffalo Company, 1270 Sheridan Avenue, 10am - 6pm.

The pick up and drop off location in Cody is the Cody Senior Center, 613 16th Street, 307-587-6221.

Contact Express Arrow's main office at 877-779-2999.

WYDOT #CodyImprovements

April 30, 2019 update:

Key parts of the Wyoming Department of Transportation's DRAFT Special Provision for Construction Requirements to the contractor, as of April 25, 2019, for Cody Streets, US14/16/20, between 10th Street and Stampede Avenue in 2020-21:

Do not work on the project from June 15 – August 24, 2020.  All equipment, materials, debris, and traffic control must be removed from the project during this time frame.

Hours of operation for concrete removal and replacement will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise approved by the engineer in writing. Initial saw cutting of the concrete pavement, curb and gutter, and sidewalk will be allowed outside the above working hours. Grinding and Texturing and Resealing Joints will be allowed from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. unless otherwise approved by the engineer in writing. Additional hours of operation must be approved 14 calendar days prior to implementation to allow for adequate notification to the impacted landowners and public.

Read entire April 30, 2019 update.

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Phase 1:
Complete all work including Grinding and Texturing, Resealing Joints, and installation of Thermoplastic Markings from 10th Street to 15th Street prior to shut down on June 15, 2020. The work area may be extended with written approval of the Engineer if all additional work can be completed through the additional area prior to June 15, 2020.

Phase 2:
Starting August 24, 2020, complete all work including Grinding and Texturing, Resealing Joints, and installation of Thermoplastic Markings from where work was completed on June 15, 2020 through Alger Avenue prior to winter shut down. The work area may be extended with approval of the Engineer if all work can be completed through the additional area prior to Winter shut down. Work must start at Alger Avenue and progress back to 15th Street.

Complete work on the intersection of 16th Street and Sheridan Avenue to allow at least one lane in each direction on north 16th Street at all times.

Do not close any portion of the intersection of 16th Street and Sheridan Avenue, the intersection of 17th Street and Beck Avenue, or the intersection of 17th Street and Alger Avenue simultaneously when working on the right side of the street.

Do not close any portion of the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and 17th Street, intersection of 17th Street and Beck Avenue, or the intersection of 17th Street and Alger Avenue simultaneously when working on the left side of the street.

Phase 3:
Complete all remaining work including Grinding and Texturing, Resealing Joints, and installation of Thermoplastic Markings prior to June 15, 2021.

Provide Grinding and Texturing equipment that does not exceed 110 decibels when operating at typical grinding speed.

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Beginning in the Spring of 2020 improvements will be made to US14/16/20 between 10th Street and Stampede Avenue.

Two-way will be maintained -- one lane in each direction -- along Sheridan Avenue during the project taking place next year.

Read more about the necessary improvements.

Sharing Solutions

The U.S. Chamber Foundation has launched Sharing Solutions, a toolkit to help the chambers and businesses combat the opioid crisis in their communities.

The Chamber Foundation campaign includes: the launch of the resource hub for businesses, a nationally recognized substance abuse expert advising the campaign, and a tour of ten hard-hit communities with workshops and broader community education.

In addition to employer resources, Sharing Solutions shares best practices of companies taking action to address the crisis through changes in business processes, employee engagement, applying core competencies, and community engagement. The interactive site includes engagement functionality so that users can truly share their solutions and build on available resources as a community.

To view the interactive online platform and see the available resources and innovative solutions, please visit sharingsolutions.us.

Cody Events Committee - Spring Fling Changes.

The Cody Events Committee has made a few changes to our Spring Fling Festivities.

The Pub Crawl will happen on Saturday, March 9th, this year, but there will be no St. Patrick's Day/Spring Fling Parade. Due to scheduling difficulties with our bag pipers from Billings, and a desire to cut down on parade expenses for the city and for our committee, we elected to forego the parade and also schedule some new activities a little later in the Spring season.

We are currently planning activities around town to coincide with the Cody Fire School, the first weekend in May, and also planning a new event called, "Horsing Around Cody" that will pair up with the Cody Country Horse Sale. We are planning a number of family events downtown for that second weekend in May - specifically May 11th, from 10 am to 4 pm. While no parade is planned for that event, there will be many family events and some fresh energy around a busy weekend in Cody Country. More information will be released in late March for our May events. For more information, watch our Cody Events Committee's Facebook page, or the Chamber Calendar.

2018 Executive Director - State of the Chamber

You can find our recent State of the Chamber presentation here.

Wyoming State Park Permits 2019

2019 Annual State Parks permits will go on sale at a discounted price on December 1, 2018 through February 15, 2019! We are an authorized vendor for these permits.

For the first time since 2009, Wyo Parks have changed their fee schedule. 100% of the money from annual permits and visitor fees goes right back into the parks and sites to fund new projects, site enhancements, operation/maintenance costs, and resource protection.

WY Resident Permit Fees for 2019:
$34 Early Bird Day Use (price good from December 1, 2018 through February 15, 2019 ONLY)
$40 Day Use
$12 Additional Day Use Permits
$50 Camping
$15 Additional Camping Permits

Locals - please bring along your vehicle registration information and your Wyoming driver's license to confirm your in-state residency. Additional vehicle or replacement discounted permits registered to same household are only offered in person with proof of original receipt!

More information on State Park Permits can be found on the State Parks website.

Another successful Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is completed for 2018.

The show, produced by the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, generated more than $1million in total art sales. The gross revenue from the event including ticket sales and sponsorships is estimated at $1.3 million. Over 750 total people attended both the live auction and dinner, Friday, Sept. 21 and the Quick Draw, Saturday Sept. 22.  View the 2018 Press Release.

Yellowstone National Park - Oct 15 Fishing Bridge road closure.

From October 15 through November 5, 2018, the road between Sedge Bay and Fishing Bridge will be closed. During the closure, the East Entrance Road will remain open from the entrance to Sedge Bay, weather permitting.

Visitors traveling to and from Cody will need to use the Northeast Entrance during this closure. Tower Fall to Canyon (Dunraven Pass) traditionally closes on October 9. Depending on weather, staff may keep it open after October 9 to allow for an additional route to and from Cody via the Northeast Entrance.

Find out the most current Yellowstone National Park road information here.  Or you can call (307) 344-2117 for recorded information.

June 2018:

City of Cody notice to all Cody Business Owners.

This PDF City of Cody - State of WY Liquor 2018 references the State Statute about the distribution and/or sale of alcohol for events.  Please read and be aware!

From 2014-2017 the Chamber averaged 28 new members per year.  We are excited to welcome our 25 new members as of April 2018.  Together we can do great things.

Membership at the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce has more value than ever before.  We have reorganized our membership tiers, added tangible member benefits and have increased member access through the new Member Information Center. Some of the new reasons to join include:

  • Access to quality healthcare
  • Events that make sense and save money such as our May 10th Shred Event
  • Discounted services through our member-to-member discount program
  • Convenient, no charge, web-based employer and employee training
  • The new Membership Information Center (MIC) puts you in control of the content for your business on our website

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