The largest economic development investment in the history of the state of Wyoming is coming, and businesses in the Cheyenne area need to prepare themselves to take advantage of it now, according to the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce.
The U.S. Congress recently invested $90 billion into the modernization of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) weapon system, which was installed in the 1950s. These land-based missiles are maintained in three U.S. locations, including F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. It’s too early to say exactly how much of that $90 billion will end up flowing through Cheyenne, since the details of the project and its rollout on the federal level haven’t been finalized yet.
Nationally, the project will be led by either Boeing or Northrop Grumman, which will contract with local companies to carry out the work on the ground -- everything from tearing down and rebuilding the massive underground concrete silos to telecommunication, mechanical systems and HVAC upgrades -- likely beginning around 2020. In addition, there will be a need for supporting vendors for services like security and logistics.
If Wyoming companies aren’t prepared to take on these projects, Boeing or Northrop Grumman will be forced to look elsewhere, said Stephanie Joy Meisner-Maggard, the vice president of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce.
“We are working hard to ensure that local companies are ready to meet the demand, which will provide a major boost to the regional and state economies,” Meisner-Maggard added. “Our online resources and consultant through UW to help navigate through the process can serve anyone in the state.”
To bid on projects, companies must register as an approved supplier for Boeing or Northrup, and the process takes some time and attention.
“They need to start the process now,” Meisner-Maggard said. “But they don’t have to do it on their own.”
The Chamber recently launched a website as well as a toolbox of options to help Cheyenne businesses prepare to register as approved suppliers and rise to the challenges of this massive project.
The Chamber offers the following resources:
History and overview of GBSD
Quick Links to Vendor and Partner Information
Comprehensive Check-List for Contract Procurement Preparation
It also offers presentations throughout the community to educate the public and business community about the GBSD project. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 307-638-3388 to schedule a presentation.