South Cheyenne is about to see a huge change with the 307 Convention and Event Hotel that has been announced to be constructed across the street from Laramie County Community College.
This 70,000-plus square foot building will be the largest convention center in Wyoming and is projected to cost $55 million. The convention center will be part of the Sweetgrass development right off of East College Drive. The convention center and hotel will hold up to 150 guest rooms, it will be able to host concerts, basketball tournaments, family reunions and weddings, according to a news release. Future development plans include residential neighborhoods, public schools, a community park, and a golf course.
The convention center will be able to hold a 36-lane bowling alley, basketball court, a restaurant and bar focusing on the local cuisine of Wyoming, and different entertainment areas the release said.
The convention center is projected to generate a minimum of 170 job openings and early estimates show that this project will add approximately $40 million annually to the local economy, the release said.
Project leaders are also looking to work with LCCC to offer hospitality-career training and employment for students. Real estate developer Tate Bauman said he initially talked with LCCC President Dr. Joe Schaffer about the convention center project and are currently working on the development of the project.
“We wanted to partner with LCCC because of the fact that will help future students, but to also help with hospitality and the growth in the program, job creations and a future in hospitality in Laramie County,” Bauman said.
Bauman said he has been a part of the hospitality industry for 10 years and has been operating events all over the nation. He said he looked at the needs for the state of Wyoming to improve venues such as conference spaces, places to host events and more family entertainment centers. He and his development crew decided that a complex that can hold so many events would take care of a lot of needs for the community.
There will be more announcements in the coming months for the development and building plans.