A large federal investment is coming to Wyoming as Congress is investing $90 billion in modernizing Intercontinental Ballistic Missile weapon systems (ICBMs). ICBMs are stored at three locations across the United States, including F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne.
According to a press release from the Wyoming Business Council, the portion of the project taking place in Cheyenne will be the largest economic development investment in Wyoming history. The national project will be headed by either Boeing or Northrop Grumman, who will contract with local companies.
Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Vice President Stephanie Meisner said that if Wyoming business are not prepared to take these contracts, Boeing or Northrop Grumman will look elsewhere.
“Now there are a lot of business within the state of Wyoming that are well outfitted for this. But for those that have not necessarily taken that leap yet they’ll have to utilize this next year or two to most certainly be outfitted,” said Meisner.
The chamber has created online tools to help businesses become approved suppliers and able to prepare to work on the project.
“This is our initiative focused on allowing businesses to position themselves to receive this funding to some level. And even if they don’t receive funding, it will certainly position them for future government procurement opportunities,” said Meisner.
Construction is projected to begin in 2020.