By Aaron Alpern
Laramie, WY – Three years, seven months, and two days after Cheyenne officials were first contacted, Wal-Mart executives and local officials formally marked a major economic development success story. Wal-Mart will make a nearly 60-million investment in this food distribution center that will employ about 500 people initially. Colby Tanner is Wal-Marts Distribution Center Real Estate Manager. He says the entire community went out of its way to make the company feel welcome and convince them Cheyenne was the right choice. Based on this experience, Tanner thinks Cheyenne has outstanding economic development potential. The Wal-Mart facility should be complete by late 2006 or early 2007.