When Superintendent Jim Wagner looks at George Grace Field, he doesn’t just see an empty snow-covered field. He sees potential. He sees what he hopes will be the future. Call it his field of dreams. “This community center I am proposing to build on George Grace Field would set us apart from some communities in the state and make [...]
This month, we welcome four new members to the Wyoming Business Council board of directors, and we bid farewell to four whose terms have ended. We had the opportunity to meet the new board members and glean some wisdom from some of the outgoing members.
As a teacher at Sheridan High School, Adam Metcalf got to know some remarkable kids. Big standardized tests were a breeze for some, but many were overcoming significant personal obstacles or learning differences just to make it to graduation. They had inspirational stories and never-give-up attitudes, but, often, less-than-stellar test scores. And yet those test scores often determined their options – or lack thereof – for life after high school. “A lot of my [...]
It's a frigid, blustery January day in Guernsey, Wyoming. As snow flurries whip through the air, a helmet-clad man climbs into a bucket lift, hoisting himself to the top of a tower on the city’s perimeter. He and a teammate hang antennas, run cables, connect wires and test circuits. The rattling din of diesel engines cuts through the small-town [...]
Wyoming growers and producers can now join, renew membership and purchase program materials like stickers and decals online through the new and improved Grown in Wyoming website. Grown in Wyoming is a state-branded program run by the Wyoming Business Council, the state’s economic development agency. Members receive digital marketing perks through Grown in Wyoming’s social media and website, in [...]
Three Wyoming startups received $170,000 from two Wyoming Business Council grant programs. This money provides the potential for the creation of 21 to 35 jobs in the next three years. The two programs, called Kickstart:Wyoming and SBIR Matching, are developed from economic diversification legislation passed in the 2018 Wyoming Legislature. This is one of several bills created based on recommendations from the Economically Needed Diversification [...]
Economic diversification is critical to the future of rural America. Many communities around the nation have learned hard lessons about being dependent on one or two major industries. Such reliance leaves small towns and their citizens vulnerable to market fluctuations and economic downturns. A promising effort to diversify the economy in Gillette, Wyoming launched in October of 2018. The Area [...]
This month, we welcome four new members to the Wyoming Business Council board of directors, and we bid farewell to four whose terms have ended. We had the opportunity to meet the new board members and glean some wisdom from some of the outgoing members. Read full article.
The University of Wyoming College of Business will host the third annual UW Entrepreneurship Summit April 17-18 at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. With efforts throughout the state to increase economic diversity, the College of Business has expanded the event to offer professional development workshops to educators, and also entrepreneurs and ecosystems sessions. The annual John P. Ellbogen [...]
Governor Gordon Asks for $21 Million to Diversify Economy, Protect Wildlife and Ag Lands, and Help Communities
CHEYENNE, Wyo.– Governor Mark Gordon has requested that $21 million be added to the supplemental budget to launch coal-based generation technology, protect wildlife and state lands from invasive species and predation, and better support local governments. Governor Gordon is scheduled to testify before the Joint Appropriations Committee today at noon. The governor submitted five letters to the Joint Appropriations [...]