(Lander, WY) — The Lander Chamber of Commerce has released the final video in its 2021 Community Awards Video Series, highlighting Lifetime Contribution Award winner Andy Gramlich.
“Andy arrived in Lander in 1990 for what was supposed to be a short-term stint as the fill-in CEO at the hospital,” tells Lander Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Owen Sweeney. “Three decades later, we’re delighted to honor him for his involvement with so many different local organizations and initiatives. Businessman, family man, pilot, teacher, nonprofit volunteer, local and state economic developer, soccer referee, swim official, and Senior Olympian, Andy has made many a mark in Lander and is a much-beloved member of the community.”
Mr. Gramlich has many passions, and in recent years he has devoted much of his time to economic development. Originally involved with LEADER Corporation, the group formed in the early ’80s that helped Lander survive the crippling loss of 2,500 local mining jobs, he eventually served on the board of LEDA, the Lander Economic Development Association. LEDA has spearheaded such projects as bringing reliable, consistent air service to Riverton’s Central Wyoming Regional Airport, securing a lease agreement for a redundant fiber hub in Lander, and co-hosting Lander’s annual Wyoming Outdoor Weekend & Expo (WOW). Rounding out his economic development activity, Andy now serves on the board of directors of the Wyoming Economic Development Association (WEDA).
“Andy was one of the first folks to welcome me when I was selected to lead the Chamber,” said Sweeney. “We hit it off as fellow native New Yorkers as well as for our common interest in general aviation. I’ve enjoyed getting to know him, and it’s easy for me to see why he was selected as this year’s Lifetime Contribution Award winner.”
The Lander Chamber Commerce plans to return in early 2022 to its previous format of celebrating notable Landerites at its annual Community Awards Luncheon.