Cheyenne LEADS and Laramie Economic Development Corporation are teaming up to attend and exhibit at the 2nd Annual BIXPO Conference in Loveland, Colorado. BIXPO will take place at The Ranch at the Budweiser Events Center on Wednesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 14.
LEDC and LEADS both attended the 1st Annual BIXPO in 2005 in collaboration with the Wyoming Business Council. Due to the success of that event, both organizations have teamed up to increase the visibility of Southeastern Wyoming to our Northern neighbors by having a separate presence from the Wyoming Business Council. “Having five different local and state economic development organizations represented in four booths insures that Wyoming and our communities will be extremely visible at BIXPO. Partnering with LEDC makes good sense to make the region more visible to expanding and relocating Colorado companies- a goal of both organizations,” stated Randy Bruns, Chief Executive Officer of Cheyenne LEADS.
“BIXPO is the largest, most comprehensive business and technology conference and exposition in Northern Colorado,” according to the Northern Colorado Business Report. With more than 200 business exhibitors, LEDC and LEADS will not be alone. Other economic development groups from Wyoming will also be attending BIXPO, hoping to get expanding Colorado businesses to look North. Besides LEDC and LEADS representing Laramie and Cheyenne, respectively, the Wyoming Business Council will represent the State of Wyoming and Casper Area Economic Development Alliance (CAEDA) will be representing Casper. Other business exhibitors include First National Bank, Partners of Laramie County, AmeriQuote, Hewlett-Packard Co, Chase, TEK Systems, 3T Systems, Sam’s Club, Institute of Business & Medical Careers, Colorado State University – College of Business, A.G. Edwards, Poudre Valley Hospital and Qwest, along with multiple other businesses.
Along with the exhibitors a two day speaking series will also be conducted at BIXPO. Five speakers have been announced for the event. Day one consists of a range of business knowledge from success in entrepreneurship to corporate executives; these include Ralph G. Trombetta, Lucinda Yates and Lisa Ford. Day two consists of Terry “Moose” Miller an top executive from Southwest Airlines and Steven D. Levitt an author and economist.
The Laramie Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is a non-profit public/private sector group that was established in 1985. Initially, its primary mission was to recruit existing businesses from other communities; however, in 1999, the mission changed. Today the LEDC not only works to attract and retain new businesses, it also facilitates the expansion and development of existing businesses in order to achieve sustainable growth and improve the economic well being of Laramie and Albany County citizens.
Cheyenne LEADS is a private, not-for-profit economic development organization serving as the economic development entity for the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County, Wyoming. LEADS garners its operating funding from more than 300 corporate and individual dues-paying members and contracts with the City of Cheyenne, Laramie County, and the Cheyenne-Laramie County Economic Development Joint Powers Board. LEADS can assist non-retail businesses in all phases of relocation or expansion in the area.