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March 07, 2013 8:44 am

EDITORIAL: Finding new visions and directions for Powell

Written by Tribune Staff

Good news mixed with bad recently regarding Powell’s business community and economic health.

Four new and expanded businesses are planned for Gateway West, the retail business park near the water tower on the west end of town. Combined, those businesses — a restaurant, a high-tech car wash, an agriculture equipment retailer and a motor sports store — will create an estimated 37 new jobs and attract business from Powell and the surrounding area. All four were up for consideration last week at the City of Powell’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

It is good to see more businesses planned for Gateway West, which was created more than a decade ago to facilitate economic development in town and create an attractive entrance into Powell. But, with the downturn of the economy, the business park has remained mostly vacant fields. It’s likely that these businesses will provide an impetus to further economic development in the area, and that is welcome news.

On the flip side, three downtown businesses closed recently or will be closing soon, and The Merc recently downsized its operations from two buildings to one. Those are difficult realities for the downtown area. Fewer businesses mean fewer attractions to bring people downtown, thereby reducing foot traffic and businesses’ ability to attract drop-in customers.

Powell needs a vibrant downtown for the community to remain healthy and attractive. To that end, a group of Powell merchants and business representatives is meeting for a brainstorming session at 10 a.m. today (Thursday) in the vacant side of The Merc building. The meeting, facilitated by the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce, is designed to gather ideas on how to market the community to visitors, locals and businesses.

Chamber Director Jaime Schmeiser encourages you to share your vision for Powell as well. Call Schmeiser at the chamber at 754-3494, email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or send a letter to the chamber at P.O. Box 1258, Powell, WY 82435.

Your idea could help provide guidance for a positive direction for downtown Powell and the community as a whole.

11 comments

  • Comment Link March 07, 2013 9:40 am posted by Salty Dawg

    One can only put so much lipstick on .....well you know the rest.

  • Comment Link March 07, 2013 9:43 am posted by Disgusted taxpayer

    Looks like Powell should have taken better care of the business's they had before railroading them out of town.Like the best breakfast Cafe in town that closed last year.

  • Comment Link March 07, 2013 10:11 am posted by clipstein

    Well it started with the pool and these thoughts should have been happening then instead of trying destroy a business and individual.. Now you have to face the fact someone's boards in the windows were right....
    What you are talking about here will only further destroy downtown.......the fuel tax will about end the downtown. If it wasnt so sad I would be laughing

  • Comment Link March 08, 2013 9:35 pm posted by Mike Wilson

    Hold on tightly to your wallets! Hospital, Downtown, Pool, Garbage all want your money. I like Hospital's request for input from community-they want to see what community is willing to pay for because they don't have it and won't be making it. How much will you cough up for Powell?

  • Comment Link March 10, 2013 7:27 am posted by TN

    Mike,the best way to hold on to your wallet is get the heck out of Powell before the ship sinks.

  • Comment Link March 11, 2013 6:48 pm posted by Steve Moseley

    ...where never is heard
    an encouraging word
    from these guys who are
    tiresomely cloudy every day.

  • Comment Link March 12, 2013 12:09 pm posted by clipstein

    it is a cloudy day when certain people break a town.....fools and their money are easily parted.....you can fool some of the people some of the time but not all the people all the time.....so moseley where does that put you?

  • Comment Link March 12, 2013 12:44 pm posted by Disgusted taxpayer

    Yeah,Mosely,lets hear it for the gipper.

  • Comment Link March 19, 2013 1:34 pm posted by Utahgl

    The 4 "new" businesses are things we already have in town.

  • Comment Link March 21, 2013 4:14 pm posted by concerned

    Nothing like trying to run all of the existing businesses out of town. We already have these types of businesses who are struggling as we speak.Why dont real business entrepreneurs try some other business adventures that will draw people to our community instead of the usual copy cat syndrome.

  • Comment Link March 23, 2013 1:27 pm posted by clipstein

    you had a café that over 50% of the business was from out of town. the paper and former mayor and crew tried to run him out of town because he stood up and disagreed with waste. Spring, summer and fall the tourist came. did you appreciate the fact it brought people to powell????? How about the frannie, deaver areas as well came to powell for one reason....These people spent money in powell and did you appreciate??? no.
    Even the former head of economic development sat in the restaurant and on two different occasions said"we do not want tourist in powell" And now after a year what do you have? empty buildings, broke... One business could bring that much business then what could you do if you work together instead of having delusions........ For your info there is at least one phone call or email every week to come back to powell.... So you can say what ever you want the proof is phone calls and emails.

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