Our Prototyping Journey
How we are testing our idea
Cheyenne will test their ability to match owners of underutilized commercial properties with entrepreneurs, by creating a website and crowdfunding platform. Their tests will validate landlord incentives, investor interest and demand, and the need for a business liaison to facilitate matchmaking.
"I’m excited about this testing phase of our idea. Testing and prototyping is not new to the private sector, but it is for government. As we look at policies including ‘Fight the Blight’ and creating innovative solutions through programs such as our 'Buildings with a Purpose', it’s about testing our assumptions and allowing us to learn, refine, and adapt before fully implementing a concept." Mayor Marian Orr, Wyoming Network News
One thing we’re discovering through testing
Initially, Cheyenne assumed capital investment would be a primary motivator to get landlords and entrepreneurs involved in the program. Through testing, the team have found that a more important factor is the potential for human capital (i.e. expertise and experience) when other businesses collectively move into the area. Entrepreneurs and landlords are ready to join once there’s momentum, but want assurance from other parties that everyone is committed long term.
I love this [test and learn methodology], I can’t wait to apply it to everything else we are working on.Marian Orr, Mayor