Advocacy & Education
Chamber Advocates for King Street Affordable Rental Housing Construction to WCDA
To achieve increased and successful workforce housing solutions the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce supports the funding request to WCDA by the Jackson/Teton County Housing Department for Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Home Funds and National Housing Trust Funds for the 174 North King Street Housing Project in Jackson, WY.
View Full Letter Sent to WCDA Board Members Here
Chamber Supports 90 Unit Workforce Housing Application
On behalf of the Chamber, we would like to add our support to the Sagebrush Apartments applicant to get this project across the finish line, so they can start construction this summer and build 90 rental housing units for local workers.
View Full Letter Sent to the Town Council by President and CEO Anna Olson Here
The 2019 Downtown Parking & Mobility Management Plan Executive Summary
The Town of Jackson recognizes the role of parking in promoting access and mobility in its community. This “Phase II” study which focuses on developing a downtown parking management plan, follows a study completed in 2017 (“Phase I Study”) that focused on the areas outside of Downtown Jackson (specifically Character Districts 3, 4, 5, and 6), examining parking dynamics and strategies related to residential, non-downtown commercial, and park-and-ride parking.
View Full Plan Here
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Achieves BEST Certification
Jackson, Wyoming: April 8, 2019 – The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce became the next organization in Jackson Hole to reach the Business Emerald Sustainability Tier (BEST) level of sustainability performance. The standards in the BEST program are comparable to the world's most rigorous and comprehensive environmental, community, and economic sustainability criteria. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce joins a growing group of businesses including the Elk Refuge Inn, Flat Creek Ranch and Jackson Lake Lodge to achieve third-party sustainability certification by the Riverwind Foundation, the originator of the BEST program. The BEST program was created to provide an opportunity and platform for those Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (RRR) Business Leaders that want to elevate their sustainability practices to higher levels of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic vitality.
Read Full Release Here
Jackson Downtown Parking and Mobility Management Plan Draft
Consultants Kimley Horn will be presenting the Draft Management Plan to the public on Tuesday, April 9 at the Wort Hotel from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm, questions and comments will be taken. The following day a special Town Council meeting/workshop will be held from 10 am - 12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 10 at the Council Chambers (no public comment). The Chamber Downtown Vision Committee, a group of members that represent downtown businesses, will meet with the consultants earlier on the 9th.
View Draft Management Plan Here
2019 Chamber Membership Survey Results
Thank you for completing our annual Membership Survey. Take a peek at this 2 page summary of your feedback and our response. Our board and staff will use it guide us as we work to champion the interests of local businesses, enhance their prosperity, and strengthen Teton County’s economic climate. Read Here
Plastic Bag Ordinance: Letter to Business Business Owners
On January 7, 2019, the Jackson Town Council approved an ordinance establishing disposable bag requirements. While the ordinance’s focus is on plastic bags, the intent is not to have shoppers switch to paper bags, but to encourage and make it easier for shoppers to switch to reusable bags. The Town of Jackson is committed to a 60% waste diversion goal, preserving Jackson’s unique environmental resources, and promoting practices that are sustainable to our natural environment.
Effective on April 15, 2019, no grocer or large retailer (19,000 ft² or greater) within the Town of Jackson shall provide single-use disposable plastic bags (less than 4 mil thick) to a customer at the point of sale. Grocers and large retailers shall collect a twenty cent ($.20) waste reduction fee for each disposable paper bag or reusable plastic bag (4 mil or greater) provided to a customer at the point of sale.
Effective on November 1, 2019, no retailer or retail store within the Town of Jackson shall provide single-use disposable plastic bags (less than 4 mil thick) to a customer at the point of sale. All retailers and retail stores shall collect a twenty cent ($.20) waste reduction fee for each disposable paper bag or reusable plastic bag (4 mil or greater) provided to a customer at the point of sale.
Read Full Letter Here
What Can the Chamber Do for You?
The Chamber of Commerce works to champion the interests of local businesses, enhance their prosperity, and strengthen Teton County’s economic climate. In order to do so, every year we ask our ~900 members to complete a survey that will guide us to better support them. Please complete 2019's ~10-minute survey HERE. In doing so, you will be entered to win a Staycation for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s closing weekend happening Friday, April 5th – Sunday, April 7th! One lucky Chamber member will receive two full-day lift tickets at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a two-night stay at the SpringHill Suites Marriott, and dinner for two (excluding alcohol and gratuity) to Bar Enoteca!
Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce WSCC Weekly Report
This week marked the halfway point of the2019 legislative session, with “crossover” taking place Wednesday. All bills that were not pass out of their house of origin died. Of the 499 House Bills, Senate Files and Joint Resolutions filed this session, 269 remain active.
Economic Contributions of Immigrants to Teton County, WY
Learn more about the economic impact immigrants have on our community here--a report done by the University of Wyoming.
The 2019 general session is over half way through and is scheduled to run to Wed Feb 27. The final count for bills and resolutions is 499. Please read today’s update from Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association (WLRA). They are following multiple bills that effect business in Jackson.
Refuge Operations Resume After Lapse in Appropriations
With the enactment of a continuing resolution providing federal funding, the staff at the National Elk Refuge will resume regular operations this week, including reopening facilities, processing applications for film requests and other special use permits, and offering educational programming.
Staff will reopen the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Wednesday, January 30.
This release has been provided by Lori Iverson,
Outreach & Visitor Services
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
National Elk Refuge
Update on Statewide Lodging Tax
The statewide lodging tax bill passed the House on a 44-16 vote on 1/17/19. This bill has been drafted to ensure long term funding for the Wyoming Office of Tourism, a proven economic driver for the entire state. The bill collects 5% from lodging overnight stays and would split this 3% to Wyoming Office of Tourism and 2% to local counties (similar to current local lodging tax in Teton County). The 3% funds will be split 80% to a tourism account for the Wyoming Office of Tourism and 20% to a tourism reserve account (to build to 50% of tourism account number based on 5-year average) with the tipping point (after reserve fills) going to education. Based on feedback from Teton County constituents and the Chamber of Commerce during the November local elections, Rep Schwartz (HD 23) filed an amendment to include staging of events, educational materials and enhancing visitor experience in the wording of how funding can be used locally, which also passed. The Amendment wording can be seen here. The bill will now move onto the Senate.
Update on Bills from the Wyoming State Chamber
Rick Howe, VP Chamber of Commerce Jackson Hole is the current Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce. We are closely monitoring all the bills mentioned here and actively working on the support or oppose positions. We will update this weekly or more as the bills progress. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or your elected officials.
Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce 2019 Legislation Tracking Sheet here
Guiding Principles for the Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee 2019 here
Community Comes Together During Government Shutdown: Here Are the Resources Available to Those Affected by the Shutdown
This is no vacation for our community members who are a part of our Federal Government Workforce. If your business or organization in our community is offering support to the federal workforce in Teton County who are experiencing the stress of going without pay during the government shutdown, please email the Chamber so we may gather the information and make it an available resource for those affected. Examples of these immediate resources would include: discounts, food, lower or no-interest loans, services and more. Contact us here.
Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association & Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition 2019 Priorities
Here are the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association (WLRA) and Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition (WTIC) priorities and advocacy papers created for the 2019 Legislative Session. Updates on these bills will be posted by the Chamber as they occur. We are speaking regularly with our Teton County delegation on the contents of these bills.
Jackson Hole Bans Plastic Bags
At last night's Town Council meeting, the decision to move forward with banning “single use” plastic bags was officially put into play. Starting April 15, 2019, grocers and large retailers will not be able to distribute single-use (4mm or less thickness) bags. There will be a 20c fee for paper bags. Shoppers will be encouraged to bring and use their own reusable bags to avoid having to buy bags. The fee collected will be split between the businesses and the town. All other retailers starting on November 15, 2019, will have to comply to the new ordinance.
Click here to read meeting's notes and the Chamber's stance on ordinance.
View Chamber's comment to Town during early stages of ordinance this past fall here.
Winter Windfall A Success with Over 1 Million Dollars Spent in Campaign's First Year
The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce wrapped up its Winter Windfall campaign on December 20th, 2018 with a total ticket distribution of 56,000 to shoppers at 19 participating member businesses. Winter Windfall Started Black Friday and was created to promote local shopping during the holiday season—for every $20 spent in participating businesses, customers would receive a raffle ticket to be entered for the $2,000 shopping spree Grand Prize. The campaign created $1,120,000 in revenue, making the first year a success.
Read full release here
Great Until Late 2018-19 Marketing Co-op
December 10, 2018, Jackson, WY-Most of our Winter Visitors and Residents will spend 70% of their discretionary money after 6:00 P.M.
Will you make it easy for customers to spend their money?
The Great Until Late program encourages Jackson businesses to stay open past 6:00 P.M. to take advantage of shoppers ready to spend money in the evenings! It includes free bus passes from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to Town beginning at 5:30 P.M. Thank you to our sponsor Snow King Mountain for helping make this happen.
Benefits: This will include social media sharing, web exposure, brochures at all Visitor Centers, and print media. Ads will run December 21, 2018, through March 23, 2019.
Terms: Open your doors to more business after 6:00 P.M. starting Friday, December 21st and continue to for all Thursdays | Fridays| Saturdays| until Saturday, March 23, 2019 (Excluding Holidays).
SIGN UP BY 12/17/18!!
Contact Rick Howe 307.201.2294 | Email here to sign up.
Office drop-offs welcome as well at 260 W Broadway.
Plastic Bag Ordinance P Passes 2nd Reading
A “different philosophy” was noted by Town Staff yesterday as Town Council voted 4-1 to move the Ordinance P for Disposable Bag Requirements to its final reading on December 17, 2019. They were referring to the path to the same end goal, which we all agreed was the right thing, to ban single-use plastic bags. The Chamber had used last night’s public comment period to request the ordinance be simplified to a lower fee that retailers would keep and use to manage education and bag purchasing in place of an ongoing revenue stream generated through the fee and split with TOJ. Instead, the ordinance stands and the fee for a bag greater than 4mm will be .20c which will be split 50/50 between the retailer and TOJ.
The Town Council approved an amount (TBD) to fund an education campaign that should start in the New Year. Watch for more information on what the ordinance means for your business, we plan to work closely with Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling and the Town of Jackson to help our members and the community transition in April and November. If you have specific questions please call the Chamber.
View Ordinance Here
Chamber Makes Public Comment on Snow King Phase Two Master Plan Application
View the full comment President and CEO, Anna Olson, sent on behlaf of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce in regards to Snow King Mountain to the Jackson District Ranger.
Plastic Bag Staff Reports And Ordinance
A group of Chamber retail businesses met with TOJ staff last month about the proposed ordinance regarding plastic bag distribution in Teton County. Their feedback and public comment have contributed to the Staff Report and Ordinance just released.
Based on retail business input the Chamber of Commerce has not been opposed to the change or a fee as we support the goal to reduce single use plastic bag distribution into the ecosystem, but we do believe and have stated at public meetings the fee should stay with the retailer to offset their management costs. This also avoids compliance oversight and other costs identified by the Town to administer this program, while not effecting the desired outcome of a change in behavior.
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Announces 53rd Annual Member Award Winners!
October 8, 2018 Jackson, WY- Each year, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce sets aside one evening to honor the best of our business community, chamber members who are making an impact in Jackson Hole. This year’s Annual Award Winners represent a diverse group of individuals and businesses that exemplify everything from employee recognition, to leadership style to the overall lasting effect on the community. Each winner will receive their award in person at the Annual Award Celebration at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar Friday, October 19 from 5:00-7:30 P.M. View full release with winners here.
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee is Pleased to Announce Winter Windfall
The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee is pleased to
announce “Winter Windfall”--this program will improve the local business climate through creating a local shopping incentive each year from Black Friday until December 20th. This has historically been a marginal period of the year for our retail businesses.
Date of Program: Day after Thanksgiving to December 20th each year
Cost: $300 – Chamber of Commerce members eligible program only
(not a member- call and sign up today, you won’t want to miss this)
· Must be a Chamber of Commerce member to participate
· $300 investment per store. (There are no multiple store discounts available for this program)
· All monies collected will be used for advertising and prizes.
· No hourly requirements
· We must have commitments via signature or email by November 10th. Learn more and sign up here.
Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board Releases Annual Report
Travel and Tourism Board has released the Numbers according to the lodging tax and visitation in Jackson Hole. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce advocates to renew the Lodging Tax--it supports a year round economy, lets visitors pay for their impacts, and supports community events we value. Please vote YES for the Lodging tax on Nov 6, 2018. Learn more HERE | View release HERE.
Jackson Hole Chamber and Rotary Lunch Club Join Forces to Deliver Comprehensive Line Up of Candidate Forums
With 26 decisions to make on the Nov 6th ballot sheet and early voting starting on Sept 21, the voters have a lot of homework to pack in. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Lunch Club are teaming up to make it easy. Don’t miss their joint forums which will include questions that relate to the big issues, housing, development, budgets, human services and transportation. Candidates will also be asked their views on the Lodging Tax. Using their established meeting times, the Chamber Business Over Breakfast will host State Race candidates, Sheriff and Assessor races and Rotary Lunch will host Hospital, County and Town candidates. Members and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend all the forums.
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Unveils New Brand Logo and Promise
September 12, 2018, Jackson, WY- The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is pleased to share with its 900 plus members and the community a new brand identity supported by a new brand promise representing the full spectrum of work and programming the Chamber delivers year-round. The Chamber is repositioning from Respecting the Power of Place to Ride for the Brand.
Read the full release here.
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce 2017-2018 Annual Report
Membership can expect to get the hardcopy in the mail in September 2018. View the electronic version here.
Town of Jackson Proposed Draft of Plastic Bag Ordinance
Read about the ordinance here.
Following a good public turnout and listing to your feedback, the town has scheduled a second public workshop on this topic for October 15. The chamber is meeting with Johnny Ziem (Assistant Public Works Director), who is coordinating this process on September 24. Be on the lookout for a request from the Chamber after Falls Arts Festival about any concers, questions or feedback you have regarding your business and the ordinance. We will have have a chance to highlight these with Johnn prior to the public workshop at our meeting on the 24th (Location TBA). We have recieved comments ont he fee, how it would be implemented, roll out timing and size of bags being banned.
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Will Host Two Candidate Forums In Time for Elections
Jackson Hole, WY July 6, 2018-The Chamber will be holding two Business Over Breakfast (BOB) meetings in August to provide an opportunity to meet all the candidates running in the primary for the open Town Council and County Commission seats. The Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages business members to attend these forums. Successful candidates will influence the business environment of the future.
Thursday August 2, 2018: 7.30-9.00am
Where: Snow King Grand Teton Room
Topic: Town Council candidate forum
Friday August 3, 2018: 7.30-9.00am
Where: Snow King Grand Teton Room
Topic: County Commission candidate forum
For $16 (Chamber members) or $25 (non-members), each session includes a Q+A style breakfast with the candidates answering questions about crucial issues that impact Jackson's business environment--issues regarding housing mitigation, affordable workforce housing, the lodging tax, and transportation.
Please email email@example.com to register for the forum(s) you'd like to attend.
Lodging and Restaurant Organizations work together to find long term solution to Wyoming Office of Tourism funding.
Read about the strategy here:
WLRA and WTIC are hosting two educational webinars dedicated to this initiative on July 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm and on August 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Properties do not need to be a WLRA or WTIC member to participate in these educational webinars, they just need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Engage 2018 Housing Mitigation
To achieve increased and successful workforce housing that meets the Comprehensive Plan goals the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce would support a market solution instead of a government policy approach. The market needs incentives rather than penalties for successful future development. We believe businesses have been unfairly targeted as the driver of job growth and related housing/ transit stresses and to target this one sector for a solution, while ignoring other impactful factors such as job growth in government and institution (40% of new jobs in past 10 years), seasonal employment and free market house price increases will not result in the desired outcome of more workforce housing.
Read more here
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Membership Survey Executive Summary 2018
The mission of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is to champion the interests of local businesses, enhance their prosperity, and strengthen the economic climate of Teton County. We are committed to our 900 members who embody Jackson Hole’s business community. We exist to serve you by providing personalized support to help your business thrive. In March, we asked for your feedback to shape our focus moving forward. Over 250 of you replied, representing businesses of all sizes and sectors. Please view the summary full in detail here
Engage 2017 Is In Phase Four
April 23, 2018
Town Zoning, Parking and Workforce Housing
Members of the Town Council, County Commission and Town/County Planning Commissions,
Last fall, a diverse group of organizations came together to listen, work, and identify areas of issue alignment in support of the Engage 2017 process. Participating organizations include Friends of Pathways, Habitat for Humanity, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust, Jackson Hole Working and Shelter JH. This group represents for-profit and not-for-profit business, housing, and transportation advocates.
Zoning, Parking, and Housing
We unequivocally support the transfer of residential units from rural areas in the county to complete neighborhoods in the town and county. We agree this objective will help advance housing goals, reduce traffic on county roads, mitigate impacts associated with growth, and protect natural resources.
We are concerned that a core conflict exists between the standards that have been established for districts intended to absorb additional density (FAR, LSR, and height) and the underlying parking requirements that do not accommodate this density. Parking and LSR standards must be adjusted to support the density desired; absent meaningful changes, it won’t be possible to take advantage of incentives in designated districts. By considering development standards, progressive parking strategies and density objectives as a package, we create an opportunity to develop much needed housing in our community and minimize transportation issues. However, if we do not adjust parking and LSR in areas of desired density, the development of new housing supply will be reduced and the cost of housing in our community will increase.
Before action is taken in zones NM-1, NM-2, NH-1 and CR-3, we recommend the Town appoint a working group for each zone to confirm the viability of residential buildout. Each group should include architects, builders, planners, and neighborhood stakeholders that are committed to achieving our community’s goals for housing and transportation. This group should be tasked with identifying tangible amendments that will help accomplish density objectives for each zone.
We are hopeful that these suggestions are useful as you consider the complexities of zoning and parking.
The Collaborative Group
Friends of Pathways
Habitat for Humanity
Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust
Jackson Hole Working
Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce
To learn more, please visit here
Town of Jackson Votes On Moratorium for New Development
Wednesday March 21, 2018- The Town Council met today in an emergency meeting to vote on a complete moratorium of new development applications for projects affected by proposed stricter employee housing rules in the Town of Jackson for 180 days. It would apply to “applications under the land development regulations to which current affordable housing standards or current employee housing requirements apply, or to which the proposed affordable workforce housing standards would apply”. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce made public comment asking for more time to look at what the moratorium could possibly do to the business growth potential. Amongst the other opposing public comment, the Town Council voted 4-0 (Don Frank was absent) for the moratorium to take place. The development freeze will be in place through the summer building season until the middle of September.
Attended by Maureen Murphy, Director of Special Events, E: Mo@jacksonholechamber.com P: 307.201.2302
Second Snow King Community Engagement Meeting Postponed
Jackson, Wyo. March 8, 2018 – The Town of Jackson has announced that it will be postponing the second scheduled facilitated community discussion on the future of Snow King Mountain and the surrounding base area encompassing both public and private lands. The 2-hour interactive workshop was initially scheduled to be held Monday, March 12 between 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. in the Grand Room at Snow King Hotel. A new date and time for this meeting will be announced in the near future. Read full release here.
Second Snow King Stakeholder Meeting
The Snow King Mountain Stakeholder Group met for their second meeting on March 7, 2018. At the previous meeting, the stakeholders began workingto develop future scenarios for Snow King, and then asked a small group to meet to discuss and integrate those scenarios where possible. The small group shared a report of their work at the March 7 meeting, noting that there appears to be some convergence around several elements for the base of Snow King, and more discussion is needed on other areas. The group spent most of the meeting discussing and refining a vision for the base, including options for maximizing open space at and around Phil Baux Park and creating a world-class sports and event center. The group will continue to discuss their vision(s) for Snow King at future meetings, focusing on options and ideas for the face of the mountain and the summit. In order to develop a high-quality vision or visions to share with the community, the Stakeholder Group agreed that they need more time for their deliberations. Therefore, they have decided to cancel the community meeting on Monday, March 12, and they will use that time to continue their work. They anticipate having one or more scenarios to share with the community shortly.
Snow King Mountain Public Process Commences
January 22, 2018- First Public Meeting regarding the future of Snow King Mountain. Read more here.
First Snow King Mountain Stakeholder Meeting
The Snow King Mountain Stakeholder Group gathered for their first meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. During this public meeting, the group discussed their protocols for working together and representing the community going forward, as well as their interests. This list of interests will anchor their work as they begin to develop scenarios and was influenced by the community interests and mapping exercise from the community workshop on January 22, 2018, as well as the stakeholders' ideas and knowledge. Read press release here.
Chamber Announces Contingency Plans for Visitor Services
While government operations and facilities are closed, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is here to make sure visitors and residents are prepared for the effects that will take place in the community. The following information shared is meant to educate on the contingency plans for our businesses and the impacts of the affected areas.
- The Home Ranch Welcome Center, located at 210 N. Cache Street, will temporarily operate as the visitor’s center with Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce agents from 9am-5pm
- The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, located at 260 W. Broadway, will be open and operating over the weekend and answering phones from 9am-5pm
- Sleigh riders are encouraged to continue parking at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, two blocks north of the Home Ranch Welcome Center, and walk to the temporary sleigh ride ticket sales location. The START bus schedule, routes, and fares can be viewed here
- Grand Teton National Park will currently remain open with no expected services until there has been a resolution. Roads will be plowed through to Taggart Lake and Highway 89. Backcountry access will remain open, but caution should be taken as there will be reduced response time for any related incidents
- Yellowstone National Park will currently remain open with no expected services until there has been a resolution. Any information related to lodging and activities, please refer to Xanterra.com
You can reach the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce at 307.733.3316
Jackson Hole Sustainable Destination Management Plan
January 5, 2018 - The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter in support of the establishment of a Jackson Hole Sustainable Destination Management plan. We highly recommend that this project be supported. The Town of Jackson and Teton County passed a resolution in April 2017 for Jackson Hole to be a world- leading sustainable community and destination. Important in realizing this vision is for our community to actively manage our increasing and culturally diverse visitors and prevent or mitigate their impacts on our environment and natural resources, community and quality of life, infrastructure and services, and visitor quality of experience. The mechanism that destinations worldwide implement to support visitor management is a destination management plan.
Download the full letter. Click here.
Comments on Parking
December 19, 2017 – UPDATE – The Jackson Town Council approved Option A.
December 18, 2017 – The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce shared public comments on Public Parking at the Jackson Town Council meeting.
Based on input from the entire membership survey last year the following areas were identified as concerns for business; traffic congestion in the summer, improved and functional transit to alleviate congestion and long term transportation funding and solutions.
More recently through a series of member meetings and a Business Over Breakfast, we have collected the following insights.
While there are diverse opinions and various strong concerns about managed parking from some business owners in the downtown area, there are two viewpoints that everyone in attendance agreed upon; there is a summer parking problem that needs to be addressed. And it is the belief of downtown business owners on and around the town square that employees are predominately the reason for the problem. In addition, most people are concerned with finding a way to resolve the parking issue while also keeping the character and aesthetic appeal of downtown alive and robust.
Other concerns were the detraction it would have to locals to come downtown and shop or attend meetings, dine etc, complexity of meters for elderly or disabled. Paid parking is perceived as a potential reduction in revenue opportunity from locals. Similar concerns were voiced about length of stay and inconvenient interruption to plans.
Business owners also collaborated on some creative solutions and ideas that have been shared with members of the town council and staff should outcomes result in change. I hope these will be shared with the contractor and time will be spent on creative solutions that include our business community. For the record we would like to add that we will shortly need to understand the upside of any potential change, what the revenues would or could be used for and how will it benefit our downtown area and the community. Some members have asked if the Town Council by approving this contract is willing to acknowledge the need for more commitment to new parking facilities and updating management of existing ones.
We know D1 and D2 are key but in reality we are dealing with a much needed cohesive town and regional transportation plan. We strongly encourage you to consider the recommended alternatives from this study in conjunction with findings and planning for zones 3-6 to meet the goals of the TDM.
We believe Option A with maximum collaboration with the public is a good direction for the town council to approve (with the inclusion of Task 2g)
See the related Town of Jackson Town Council Agenda Documentation. Click here.
The Value of START Bus
December 4, 2017 – The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce shared public comments on START Bus:
The JH Chamber of Commerce is supportive of START and the solutions mass transit offers. Less congestion, better utilization of roads and alternative commuter options for employees is something we think is good for business. We believe in the 2012 Town and County Comprehensive Plan goal of residents and visitors moving safely, efficiently and economically throughout our community and region using alternative transportation. We also support the recent stated goal to increase START ridership by 2020 by 25% (at least) as based on the ITP, approved in Sept 2015.
Given this support we believe new revenue sources should tie directly to increased ridership goals. We think this can be achieved by sensible route planning and new policies that encourage employers to incentivize their staff to use START while ensuring employees find it easy and convenient to use START.
We understand any increase in service or location will require an increase in alternative funding sources and we encourage research into all the options presented by the working group. We believe a balance of revenue sources that includes visitors, businesses and residents is a good approach, especially if it works in conjunction with viable and acceptable managed parking solutions.
See the related Town of Jackson Town Council Agenda Documentation. Click here.
Commercial Use Authorization Program
November 28, 2017 - The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter concerning the Commercial Use Authorization program with the Commercial Tour Entrance Use Fee program. The letter reads in part: “We are concerned about the NPS's recent proposal to combine the Commercial Use Authorization program with the Commercial Tour Entrance Use Fee program. This adds a devastating burden on our local, small, gateway tour businesses by requiring them to pay both a permit fee of $5.00 per person/per park in addition to a commercial tour entrance fees ($370/van or $160/SUV) previously charged to large out of state operators only. The resulting outcome could be $800 per day/van in fees alone (with two national park visits in a day) before guests pay for the tour itself.”
Download the full letter. Click here.
Snow King Phase 2 Developments
January 18, 2017 - The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has written a letter of support for Snow King Mountain's Phase 2 Development. Snow King Mountain plays a pivotal role in the Town of Jackson. Several years ago when the mountain's future was uncertain, the community made it quite clear the Town's Hill had to be saved.
The recent improvements to the mountain have added a variety of exciting new activities for locals and visitors and breathed new life into Snow King. The Chamber fully understands and supports the need for further improvements to ensure a sustainable future for the mountain. Replacing the aging Summit Lift with a high-speed gondola, building a restaurant and state of the art observatory and planetarium, along with an improved road tot he summit are reasonable and necessary improvements that will benefit the community and our visitors. The Chamber is pleased that Snow King Mountain has been working closely with the U.S. Forest Service to address any wildlife or environmental issues and support the efforts to move foreword with an environmental impact study that will provide insight on what elements of the proposal are acceptable and if there are any elements that need to be adjusted.
Learn more about the Phase 2 Developments at http://snowkingmountain.com/mountain/master-plan/.
Sixth Cent of General Sales Tax
July 22, 2016 - The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to support the Town of Jackson’s plan to add an additional one percent of general revenue sales tax, which is generally referred to as the 6th cent. The board considered the priorities and needs of our members, the potential alternatives, the impact on local residents, and concerns. Each consideration pointed to the support of the 6th cent.
For complete information, please click here.
District 2 Progress
June 9, 2016 - Prior to the June 6 meeting on District 2 zoning, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter to the Town Council and Mayor of Jackson to detail our preferred outcomes (click here to download the pdf). The Chamber is satisfied with many of the decisions but feel we are missing some of the opportunities that were expressed by the community in the Comprehensive Plan.
District 2 includes the downtown core of Jackson and the zoning updates will affect potential commercial development. The Chamber does not want to see growth for growth sake and we believe that the total buildout allowances from the 1994 plan are more than adequate. However, we’re concerned that density will be focused outside the downtown core—encouraging sprawl and making us age less gracefully. Just eighteen percent of development that could occur in the community will occur downtown. The rest will occur somewhere else. We’re not asking for more commercial space but the Chamber is hoping that LDRs will be implemented that will allow us plan for growth more strategically.
Housing is an issue in Jackson Hole that affects individuals, along with businesses, nonprofits, and local government offices that rely on employees to fulfill their missions. We’re supportive of the Town Council for their focus on housing bonuses, but we believe that targeting the existing amount of potential growth in downtown could have created even more workforce housing.
We’re thrilled that the Town Council did take into account the Chamber’s request to have a stakeholders committee. Town staff has been tasked to develop a scope of work for the committee. Community collaboration is valuable and the group will be able to make an impact by shaping future decisions.
The mission of the Chamber is to champion the interests of local businesses, enhance their prosperity, and strengthen the economic climate of Teton County. With nearly 1,000 members represented, the Chamber works on local, state, and national legislative concerns through the Government & Community Affairs Committee and the Executive Committee. Businesses and nonprofits interested in having their views and opinions heard by the Chamber are invited to join and contribute to the conversation. Individuals interested in becoming more involved are encouraged to stay informed about and engaged with the Town Council, County Commission, and the meetings and workshops organized to gather input from citizens. The ordinances will be up for a second reading on Monday, June 20.
June 6, 2016 - The following is an excerpt from the letter submitted to the Town Council.
"While we applaud the workforce housing bonuses, streamlined processes and eased parking requirements, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce believes that the District 2 plan for Downtown should evolve from the 94 plan, and not be a slight restatement it.
The Chamber does not want to see growth for growth sake. We believe that the total allowances from the 1994 plan for the complete buildout are more than adequate. As we have suggested to our elected officials in three previous public comments, we again ask you to direct staff to create a plan authorizing more commercial FAR allowances in the downtown core, but cap the total buildout capacity at the 1994 plan and / or setup a series of stoplights or sunsets to the plan so that it can be re-evaluated regularly. This would give the community comfort that we're not going to grow without restriction, but rather grow where we intended it, be greener by being walkable and bikeable (not sprawled), and our town would age gracefully. Further, we ask that a motion be made to form a committee to advise the Council and Planning Department ideas to ensure targeted growth will be able to occur in town (as the community expressed in the Comprehensive Plan). This committee should be comprised of a diverse cross section of the community to ensure the community will is expressed in their recommendations. If the Council votes to affirm the plan as is, we still suggest that this proposed committee is formed for these purposes.
There are many reasons we make the above suggestions. The two primary reasons are this proposed plan will promote sprawl, and will not provide meaningful workforce housing."
To read the entire letter, click here to download the pdf.
Government & Community Affairs Committee Positions
Spring 2016 - The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Government & Community Affairs Committee is responsible for developing positions on community issues that are affecting or could potentially affect Chamber members. On Wednesday, April 27, the committee presented a slate of positions to the Board of Directors that were each approved as an official position of the Chamber.
The topics ranged from local to national issues and included the bike share program, Grand Teton National Park’s purchase of state lands, Jackson/Teton Comp Plan District 2 zoning, and the State of Wyoming grizzly bear management plans. See more information about each topic listed below and find a link to a copy of the Chamber’s official statement to applicable elected officials and community partners.
Bike Share Program: According to research by Jackson Hole Community Pathways, the bike rental program will spur commerce by giving potential consumers more area that they are able to cover once they reach the commercial core of Jackson Hole. Increased commerce paired with decreased vehicle traffic would benefit businesses and the entire community of Jackson Hole. The Chamber supports Town and County funding of the program. To read the basic pdf letter, click here.
Grand Teton National Park’s Purchase of State Lands: National parks are important to Jackson Hole’s economy. In 2014, the NPS estimated that visitors to the park spent more than $532 million in gateway communities and supported over 8,500 jobs. The Chamber supports the purchase of the Antelope Flats parcel in Grand Teton National Park. If funds need to be raised to support the purchase, the Chamber recommends that legislators consider implementing the legislation sponsored by former U.S. Senator Craig Thomas and consider working with non-governmental organizations. To read the basic pdf letter, click here.
State of Wyoming Grizzly Bear Management Plans: The Chamber asks that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to consider the economic value that bears represent for tourism and businesses in Wyoming as they update management plans. To read the basic pdf letter, click here.
Teton County Election - The Chamber Encourages Citizens to Vote
The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce encourages citizens to vote. Voters may register at the office of the County Clerk at least 14 days prior to election day or at the polls on Primary and General Election Days. If you've moved, remember to call or visit the Election’s Office to update your address. If your address has changed since the last time you voted, you may be required to vote at a different polling site. The Teton County Clerk's Office has a variety of resources available at their offices in the Teton County Administration building, 200 South Willow Street, and at www.tetonwyo.org/cc/topics/elections.