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Loretta 504 Success Story

Repairs Imperative to Keep Independence and Peace of Mind

Like many Wyoming women, Loretta is strong-willed and independent. She takes pride in her ability to do things for herself, and to not rely on others. But when her mobility started to decrease, Loretta’s daughter became concerned for her safety and wellbeing at home. Loretta… [Read More]
TLC is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Celebrating Cooperative Month with The Local Crowd Cooperative

The Local Crowd Cooperative (TLC Cooperative) has a new ring to it. Thanks to a grant from USDA Rural Development, The Local Crowd (TLC) is transitioning its organization to a national member-owned cooperative. For nearly 10 years, The Local Crowd has worked with rural… [Read More]
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Mixing Old Memories With New Memories

Life hasn’t always been easy for Hayley. She is a single mother and going back to school to earn a bachelors degree. After making the time for school, she felt ready to plant some roots for her and her daughter. Upon learning she was approved for a USDA Rural Development home… [Read More]
CEO Margie Molitor standing in front of Hot Springs Health.

Locals Take the Initiative to Save and Improve Their Hospital

Aging infrastructure and technology were taking their toll on the Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital, now known as Hot Springs Health, in Thermopolis, Wyoming. However, with local demand and tourists on their way to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, patient levels… [Read More]
Picture of Kayla Caines and her son

Desperate Mom Finds Help in Rural Development Programs

Her story with Rural Development began in June of 2008 when the company she had been working for went under.  The unemployed, recently divorced, single mother needed a job and place for her family to live.  By September, Kayla Caines managed to land a waitress job, but… [Read More]
Picture of Esterbrook Apartments

Esterbrook Apartments Facelift Nears Completion

By the time the Wyoming Housing Network, Inc. (WHN) purchased the Esterbrook Apartments in August 2010, the twenty-unit complex in Riverton, Wyoming was dire need of renovations. Even worse, the 33-year old complex was at risk of losing its rental support from USDA Rural… [Read More]
Picture of Cedar Creek Apartments

Revitalizing Affordable Housing in Jackson Hole

Built in 1983, the Brandychase Apartments were showing their age. The low-income housing complex had served the resort community of Jackson Hole for over thirty years and provided affordable living for seniors and other low-income families. Facing the need for a significant… [Read More]
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Rural Hospital Modernizes with USDA Rural Development

35 miles may not seem like a long distance, but when a Wyoming blizzard is blowing and the road is a sheet of ice, the delay could mean the difference between life or death. South Big Horn County Hospital in Basin, Wyoming carries the designation of a critical access hospital,… [Read More]
ChugTel co-owner Jim Moberly

Chugwater Area Receives 100% Broadband

Chugwater Telephone Company (‘ChugTel’) is headquartered in Chugwater, Wyoming, and has offered communications services to this small rural community for decades. Known as the “Little Town with a Big Heart,” Chugwater is in a sparsely populated region, however the residents and… [Read More]
Staff w/ Holiday Inn Express, Evanston, WY 07-2019

Hotel Construction Builds Economic Growth, Partnership

Evanston, Wyoming, a small town located along Interstate 80, serves as a stopping point for travelers, and energy development employees. The nature of its location and industry has not allowed for a lot of growth. Many residents must leave town to find steady employment.… [Read More]