Situated on the banks of the North Platte River in central Wyoming, Douglas combines small town charm with bustling opportunity. When looking to establish or relocate a business, you’re looking for more than economic opportunity…you’re looking for a place to call “home.”
Douglas is home to just over 5,000 residents who enjoy the small Wyoming community atmosphere, yet easy access to numerous amenities. Agriculture, primarily cattle ranching, has long served an important role in the area economy and continues to today. The energy industry also has a strong presence and a remarkable history in the community. Much of America’s energy comes from coal mined north of Douglas. There’s also been a recent uptick in oil and gas production in the area.
Main Street, Douglas, thanks to special attention from a group of downtown merchants, is seeing a growth in activity. Restaurants, boutiques, flower shops and bookstores make Douglas a fun place to spend the day. Many of the businesses are housed in historic buildings. From hosting a chili cook-off in the fall to a community celebration each June, this growing group of merchants accomplishes more with each passing year. Take a stroll through downtown Douglas to see their efforts in action!
Recreational opportunities are also abundant. The Laramie Mountain Range, located south of town, is within a quick drive of Douglas. To the north, recreationists can enjoy widespread public lands that are part of the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Just a short drive down Interstate 25, recreationists enjoy Glendo Reservoir and the state park that surrounds the 800,000-acre foot body of water. There's camping, boating and tons of family fun!
What truly makes Douglas special? It’s the people who live here and their connection to ensuring the community retains its status as one of America’s best small towns! Their pride in the community can be seen in the care and improvements, including Jackalope Bridge. The bridge provides a very scenic crossing on the North Platte River that flows to town. Adjacent to the river, residents and visitors enjoy miles of walkway.The professionals at CANDO (Converse Area New Development Organization) can answer questions about the area, help you make essential contacts and serve as a sounding board for your ideas. Whether you’re growing an existing business or pursuing the American dream with a start-up, CANDO is here to help you reach your goals. We’re here to encourage new and existing business growth without disturbing the area’s quality of life.