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The Albany County Tourism Board is working with the Wyoming Territorial Prison and State Historic Site to move its offices onto the grounds. The new building would house offices for both parties, a theater space and restrooms large enough for large tour groups.
The Albany County Tourism Board, who operates Visit Laramie and other tourism efforts in the county, is starting the process to try to move its offices to the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, one of Laramie’s top tourist attractions.
The tourism board and Visit Laramie offices are currently in a building by Second and Custer Streets, which executive director Scott Larson said the group has outgrown.
“Our desire is to relocate to a shared facility with the Territorial Prison State Historic Site given that it is one of the top tourist attractions in the area and well-located near many major entrances to town, including (U.S.) Highway 130, (Wyoming) Highway 230 and Interstate 80,” Larson told the Boomerang in an email.
In a letter to city and county representatives asking for support, Larson said the Tourism Board works closely with the Territorial Prison already “using a variety of marketing mediums on a national and international level.”
Larson told the Boomerang the plan is for the new facilities to be constructed by State Parks on the same grounds currently managed by the Territorial Prison.
The Territorial Prison requested the new facility to have a common lobby area, a shared theater, a shared conference room, a gift shop, two offices and restrooms big enough to accommodate large tour bus groups.
An additional four offices, storage space, a dedicated screen for Tourism Board marketing materials in the theater and a kiosk for tourism materials with after-house availability are additional requests made by the Tourism Board for the new space.
The details of the project are still being finalized; Larson said the proposed transition is still in the very early and initial stages.
“Our ideal timeline is two-three years before we would be fully operational and moved into the new shared facilities,” he said.
Funding the move and new building would come from Wyoming State Parks — who runs the Territorial Prison — as a part of a shared facility and co-location with the Tourism Board, Larson said.
“The Territorial Prison State Historic Site would cover the costs of constructing, managing and maintaining the new facilities as part of the transition and co-location of our facilities,” Larson said. “We feel this makes economic sense and is a win-win for all involved.”
The board currently pays rent for its office space on Custer Street. For the new space, the tourism board “intends to prepay rent for a duration of time of 10 years as part of this agreement to assist in covering our costs associated with the project,” Larson’s letter to the city reads.