Goshen County CEO announces departure

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GOSHEN COUNTY, Wyo. Goshen County Economic Development Corporation’s CEO announced her departure.

Ashley Harpstreith will be leaving her post on July 1st and will move to Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Harpstreith is leaving because her husband accepted a job there.

Harpstreith spent four years working in Goshen County.

Harpstreith says her greatest accomplishments were merging the chamber, economic development, tourism, promotions and newly added Main Street under one umbrella.

Harpstreith is also happy to receive funding for many projects including the Goshen Care Center. They were able to expand their kitchen.

They also put together and packaged seven million dollars to create an assistance living facility which will break ground this summer.

The Cobblestone Hotel will also be breaking ground this summer.

Harpstreith says working with legislation for Broadband is another one of her biggest accomplishments.

She states the biggest challenge was building infrastructure and recruiting amenities for small town America.

Western Sugar’s closure caused a bit of a challenge. They are looking to help redevelop the property.

Getting an incubator off the ground is another challenge. They are fully occupied with three entrepreneurs. They are working with over 100 businesses to startup.

Harpstreith says she has to thank the community and everyone that has had her back over the years.

“I am so appreciative for being able to be in this community,” said Harpstreith. “I was able to live, work, play and be the biggest cheerleader for the community. I will continue to advocate for Goshen County no matter where I am and this will always be home.”

Harpstreith does not have any potentials jobs yet but hopes to start back working in the fall.