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Three county businesses to be featured at forum

Oct 31, 2013 - From staff reports

Three Fremont County success stories have been selected to be highlighted during the second Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's Business Forum being held in Cheyenne.

Mead has partnered with the Wyoming Business Alliance/ Wyoming Heritage Foundation to host this year's forum being held at Little America Hotel and Resort from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20.

The Fremont County success stories are BTI and BDW (Bighorn Divide and Wyoming Railroad); Fremont Motors in Lander; and the Intertribal Education and Community Center in Riverton.

A total of 23 success stories have been chosen, reflecting numerous industries and including community and economic development projects. The business stories were selected based on their successful growth strategies in their industry while the community and economic development stories were selected based on an area's successful efforts to improve local resources.

"As I travel across Wyoming, there are so many terrific business stories," said Dave Bell of Pinedale and chair of the Wyoming Business Alliance. "This year's forum features a diverse array of great people, coming from 18 cities, who collectively represent Wyoming's future."

BTI and BDW of Riverton was sttarted by Jim King and Ron Vosika. BTI (Bonneville Transloaders Inc.) is a transportation company, having supported the mineral and petroleum industries in Wyoming and throughout the West since 1985. BTI has transloading services available from BDW (Bighorn Divide & Wyoming Railroad). A separate company created by King and Vosika, BDW operates three rail yards with 20 miles of track on 940 acres and has 21 miles of BNSF trackage rights to augment movement of product.

Fremont Motors of Lander is the largest car dealership in Wyoming with dealerships in Casper, Cody, Lander, Powell, Rock Springs, Sheridan, Rawlins, Riverton and Scottsbluff, Neb. The dealership has been family-operated for more than 75 years and is now in its fourth generation.

The Intertribal Education and Community Center in Riverton serves as a venue for conferences, workshops and meetings, as well as being a highly visible landmark that celebrates the cultural diversity of the area. It is an educational facility for both Central Wyoming College and the University of Wyoming.

For more information or to register for the forum, visit www.wyomingbusinessalliance.com.

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