Press Release: The next informational meeting for neighbors and the public regarding the proposed Cirrus Sky Technology Park is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM – Laramie, WY



PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gaye Stockman, CEO, LEDC September 20, 2012

David Derragon, Asst City Mgr, City of Laramie

Cirrus Sky Technology Park Update

September 20, 2012 (Laramie)

(Laramie, WY) – The next informational meeting for neighbors and the public regarding the proposed Cirrus Sky Technology Park is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Indian Paintbrush School Gymnasium at 1653 North 28th Street. Citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting for an update on the progress of the proposed project, to meet and ask questions of project team members, and to review and give feedback on the zoning requirements for the development.

The City of Laramie, in partnership with the Laramie Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), has developed plans for a technology park that will take advantage of existing power and telecommunications availability at the site. These amenities are some of the reasons Microsoft and Verizon identified Laramie as an ideal location for data center operations. In addition, Laramie’s robust tech sector boasts 60+ clean, technology firms and these existing businesses indicate they will add more than one hundred new jobs over the next 5-8 years. Cirrus Sky Tech Park is designed both to serve prospective data centers and new businesses, as well as to be an expansion area for Laramie’s existing, established tech firms.

The proposed development also includes green space, open space and a biking and walking trail along the ridgeline that will preserve the ridgeline in perpetuity. “Knowing the land in this area is privately owned, the planned development that includes these open spaces and trails is a better alternative than having houses lining the ridgeline,” says Amber Travsky, member of the Laramie City Parks, Trails and Recreation Master Plan Ad Hoc Advisory Committee. “As someone who enjoys running along that ridgeline regularly, I’d prefer the undeveloped prairie that exists now but that is private land and we can expect development will occur sooner or later. With this proposal, we still maintain some open space and public access along the ridgeline. That is unlikely to occur if the area becomes residential housing.”

The Cirrus Sky Tech Park will take advantage of the regional synergy which has developed between Laramie’s burgeoning technology-cluster, the University of Wyoming, and the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center and Microsoft Data Center in Cheyenne. This unique palette of amenities has culminated in southeastern Wyoming becoming a desirable environment for data centers, technology businesses and research and development firms.

”From information provided in public presentations about this project, I am in favor of the project moving forward,” says Laramie City Councilor Lee Kempert. “I encourage citizens to attend the meeting on September 27th at Indian Paintbrush School beginning at 7:00 PM to have questions answered by the project team and help shape the zoning district regulations for the proposed development.”

For more information, please contact Gaye Stockman, CEO of LEDC, at telephone number 307-742-2212 or the City Manager’s Office at 721-5226.

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