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WYDOT Cody project on 14A & Blackburn St Intersection.

A $564,000 traffic signal project at the U.S. Highway 14A and Blackburn Street intersection in Cody is slated for an early March start.

"Work consists of installation of a new traffic signal system, including the removal and replacement of the existing curb, gutter and sidewalk to meet federal Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act requirements," said Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost of Cody.

Prime contractor is Casper Electric of Casper. Contract completion is June 30, 2024. The project is located at milepost 1.13 on US14A (Big Horn Avenue) where it intersects with Blackburn Street in the Cody City Limits.

Frost said the contractor is tentatively scheduled to begin work March 4. Scheduled work days will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., five days a week.

"Motorists should expect driving lane closures with minimal delays, as needed for construction, during working hours," Frost said. Project questions may be directed to WYDOT Resident Engineer Todd Frost, P.E., at (307) 587-2220, or by email at todd.frost@wyo.gov.

More information about this news release is available from WYDOT public relations specialist Cody Beers at (307) 431-1803.

Renewals - New Process for 2024.

Beginning in October of 2024, the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce will be changing its billing schedule for annual membership dues. All members will now receive their annual invoice to renew their membership in October. The idea behind this change is to make membership renewal a consistent event for all member businesses. We all know that Tax Day comes every April – likewise, we want to make it easy, so Cody Chamber Membership renewal will happen every October for all members.

This change will allow us to reach out to all members with focused messaging as the October renewal date approaches each year.

If your annual renewal date currently occurs in a month other than October, you will receive a prorated invoice to continue your membership until October 2024. Then, in October, you will receive a renewal notice for the full upcoming membership term of October-October.

For example, if you are a Pony Express level member ($325/year) and you usually renew in January, you will receive a prorated invoice of $243.75 to renew your membership for 9 months from January-September.

New members who join the Chamber during the year will also receive a prorated price based on the month that they join, which will reduce the up-front cost for new member businesses.

Thank you for your patience as we make this transition. We are confident that this change will strengthen our service to you and help us better serve our community of businesses.

We appreciate your continued membership!

Chamber of Commerce CEO Has Resigned.

We regret to inform you that our Chamber of Commerce CEO, EJ House, has submitted his resignation, effective immediately. The Board of Directors would like to extend our gratitude to EJ for his service and contributions to the Chamber. We wish Mr. House well in his future endeavors.

While this transition may present challenges, rest assured that the Board of Directors is committed to ensuring a smooth handover and maintaining the seamless operation of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce. As a chamber, we remain committed to serving our community and fostering positive relationships with our members and business community. The Board of Directors will be working diligently to initiate a smooth transition in leadership. We understand the importance of continuity and stability in our organization, and we will be working diligently to identify an interim CEO and initiate a thorough search for a permanent replacement.

We appreciate your continued support and involvement in the Chamber of Commerce. If you have any concerns or questions during this transition period, please feel free to reach out to the Chamber at 307-587-2777.

Thank you for your dedication to the success of our chamber and our local businesses.

Best regards,
David Taylor
President
Cody Country Chamber of Commerce Board

Wyoming Taxpayers Association

We had a great presentation from the WY Taxpayers today at our Cody Club luncheon!  If you were in attendance (or were unable to make it) and would like to view the slides that were presented, please see this PDF file.

Other 2024 Budget Session Resources:

State Budget Department - Wyoming State Budget

Legislative Service Office
LSO Databook 2023 Data Book.pdf
Consensus Revenue Estimating Group

Wyoming Department of Revenue Annual Report

Wyoming Taxpayers Association

Wyoming State Park Permits 2024

We are an authorized vendor for these 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 permits registered to same household are only offered in person with proof of original receipt!

Right now they are running their annual 'early bird special' with daily use permits discounted to $42 until February 29th.

WY Resident Permit Fees for 2023:
$48 Day Use
$24 Additional Day Use Permits
$89.60 Overnight Camping (note that annual camping permits do not cover day use fees, you must also purchase a day use permit.)
$44.80 Additional Overnight Camping Permits

Non-Resident Permit Fees for 2023:
$96 Day Use
$48 Additional Day Use Permits

More information (and the option to purchase online) on State Park Permits can be found on the State Parks website. Annual day use and camping permits are available through Reserve America or by phone at 877-996-7275.  Customers will receive a permit number at the time of checkout, and can expect permits to ship directly to them.

Introducing the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce retirement plan experience!

Joining the Chamber's new group MEAP 401(k) may save your business considerable time and money through shared administration cost, tax credits, and lower fees.

Cody Country Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing our members the right solutions for your businesses — solutions that bring you economy of scale, show clear value for money spent, save you time, help reduce risk, and help you show your employees that you value what matters to them. This benefit will be available to businesses large and small, as long as the business is located in Park County and is a current member of either the Cody Chamber or Powell Chamber.

That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Lincoln Financial Group to deliver a new, Cody WY Chamber of Commerce 401(k) program.

Here’s what you’ll experience with the new Cody WY Chamber of Commerce 401(k) program:
Access to potential pricing and service efficiencies — economies of scale
Less administrative work, as you hand off many of the responsibilities that come with running a 401(k), including filing Form 5500 and employee loans
Relief from many fiduciary obligations, while maintaining your current plan design — or changing to a plan design that works for you

Yellowstone National Park - Road Information

The only entrance that is open to Yellowstone is the North Entrance to Northeast Entrance road inside the park that stays open year-round. Snowmobile season in the park is scheduled to start on December 15, 2023.

The Beartooth Highway has closed for the season. Check the Montana (https://www.511mt.net/) and Wyoming (https://www.wyoroad.info/) departments of transportation websites for road updates and status.

Stay informed

We encourage visitors to bookmark the Yellowstone National Park - Park Roads page for reference before visiting the Park.  For up-to-date information, call (307) 344-2117 for recorded information, or sign up to receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting "82190" to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions). Anticipate possible road closures due to inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions.

Visitors can also visit these webcams within the Park to gauge current weather conditions.

Park County Offices - Temporary Locations due to HVAC Install

Park County has determined that a new Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system needs to be installed to replace the current system. The current system is 30+ years old and has been failing regularly. As such, local contractors have been retained to replace the system in the courthouse. During the replacement, the courthouse will have to be vacated and the offices relocated to other county buildings. The project is slated to take approximately a year starting in October of 2023.

The county offices will be splitting up and moving to one of several locations. These locations are as follows:

The EOC (Emergency Operations Center) 1131 11th St., Cody
Clerk's Office Relocation to this address.
Elections Relocation to this address.
Treasurer's Relocation to this address.

The Park County Complex/Library 1501 Stampede Ave., Cody
Park County Planning and Zoning department, Suite 2201
Park County Assessor, Suite 3240

The Old Game and Fish Building 2820 Highway 120, Cody
Park County Public Works office, they will be in the modular offices on the north side of the building.

Public Health will move to the Coroner Building.

The Park County Commissioners will be relocating their meeting room from its current location to the Park County Complex's Grizzly Hall located in the Cody Library.

Find the complete list of offices moving, including the County Attorney on the Park County HVAC page.

Brown Cody Bucks - No Longer Valid or Exchangeable!

Brown Cody Bucks, last issued back in June of 2019, are no longer valid as of July 1, 2022. Due to changing banks and those new bank processing rules, we can no longer exchange ANY Brown Cody Bucks.

Cody Bucks should be used within six months of their date of issue. If you have outdated Green Cody Bucks, those are still valid for exchange at this time. If you possess Green Cody Bucks that are outdated, please stop by the Chamber to exchange them. For large quantities, we ask that you contact us in advance, so that we may prepare your exchange prior to your arrival.

Cody Bucks work like a pre-paid check, help ensure local spending and help feed our economy! Please, remember to use Cody Bucks within 6 months of the stamped issue date!

Cody Fireworks Committee - Support Information

The Cody Fireworks Show has been a celebrated tradition in Cody Country for a very long time. Over the years, the fundraising for our patriotic tradition has been through many changes… The constant however, is that the show depends on the support of the community; without it, the show simply would not go on.

The Cody Fireworks Committee is the latest group to take up the project of raising funds for our annual fireworks celebration. It is their goal to develop a long-term plan to ensure our celebration of independence continues.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be made to:

Payable to: Cody Commerce Foundation
With “Cody Fireworks Committee” in the memo of your check

Mailed to:
Cody Fireworks Committee
PO Box 1622
Cody, Wyoming 82414

Follow the Committee on Facebook for news about their progress!

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