'We Can Get Through This': The story behind 'Stay Strong Gillette'

(Gillette, Wyo.) Shortly after the first big round of mine layoffs this past March, Nate Delamotte was struck with an idea. "I was driving to work and this idea came to me," he told County 17. "I thought 'This town needs some encouragement. Not this doom and gloom that we're getting.'" He ran it past Charlene Murdock, Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce, even though he was afraid she wouldn't be interested. Instead, she approved and soon "Stay Strong Gillette" signs made their way in to the windows of countless businesses across the city. Bracelets, pins, and stickers were soon to follow. "Growing up here, I knew that this city has been through ups and downs before," explained Delamotte. "I know that Gillette is strong. It's a strong community. If we can just lean on that, we can get through this." Delamotte has worked for the Chamber for the past nine months. He says the response from the community over "Stay Strong" has been positive, with people picking up stickers for friends that were laid off. The Chamber has provided the posters and stickers for free. "We just needed something to unify us," said Murdock. "We wanted people to know that we're all in this together." The Chamber produced "Stay Strong" graphics for Wright and Wyoming, as well. Delamotte presented one of those to Governor Matt Mead at the Governor's Luncheon in April. You can pick up a Stay Strong Gillette sign at the Chamber of Commerce downtown, 314 S. Gillette Avenue. #county17 #news