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Nov 14, 2009

Tourism Link Seen

By TOM MAST Casper Star-Tribune

 

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CASPER — If Eleutian Technology chooses to relocate its operations office to Cody, the CEO of Forward Cody thinks the tourism industry could reap benefits as well.

 

Eleutian offers online English instruction in Korea, Japan and China. As a result, James Klessens said the company has forged strong relationships in Asia.

 

What Klessens learned from a visiting Chinese business delegation is that New York City, Hollywood and Yellowstone National Park top the list of U.S. visitor destinations for many Chinese travelers.

So the deepening ties between Asia and the people of northwestern Wyoming helps not only Eleutian Technology but potentially the regional tourism industry.

 

Eleutian officials say they are also evaluating Casper and locations out of state. But Forward Cody has been taking steps to tip the balance in its favor.

 

Klessens said Cody has offered Eleutian several possible business locations, including at the airport industrial park and along the Powell highway.

 

“Eleutian’s looking to set up a campus-type atmosphere,” he said.

 

The city has signaled it would support a business committed grant application to the Wyoming Business Council for the type of building project that bogged down in Ten Sleep. Cody also has air service and is being served by TCT West with fiber-optic connectivity.

 

Klessens said a positive decision by Eleutian could fundamentally change the way Cody does business: “There’s a whole world of opportunities that awaits us,” he said.

 

While teachers typically work flexible, part-time hours, operations jobs would be full time, Klessens said.

Klessens said Cody stepped up its recruiting efforts only after it became apparent Eleutian was looking beyond Washakie County.

 

“We’re not in the business, at Forward Cody or in the community of Cody, of trying to steal from other communities within our region. We’re all part of the same market area,” he said.