CHEYENNE, Wyo. (RELEASE)- Thursday, the ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) Executive Council submitted its first report to Governor Matt Mead and the Wyoming Legislature through the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee.
This initial report establishes a baseline for the preliminary recommendations due by Dec. 31, 2017, and sets the stage for the advancement of a 20-year economic diversification strategy for Wyoming. The Executive Council’s initial report includes sector-by-sector analyses that were evaluated and enhanced by industrial representatives and include national trends, peer state comparisons, workforce data, barriers, enablers and opportunities.
Included in the report are 9 key suggestions of where improvement can be made. This includes attracting entrepreneurs, encouraging population growth, increasing education readiness and achievement, being more aggressive to finding air service, and increasing broadband connectivity. You can view the report at the link provided.
“I am proud of the work the Executive Council has done so far,” ENDOW Co-Chair Greg Hill said. “Equipped with the data and detailed analyses presented in this report, we are well on our way to establishing a clear and actionable 20-year strategy that works for Wyoming people and supports a prosperous future for Wyoming workers.”
“Our mandate on the Executive Council is to think differently and challenge the status quo. I believe every member of the Executive Council has taken our charge with the seriousness and rigor the task requires,” Executive Council Vice-Chair Bill Schilling said.” This is only the first phase of this process, but I have confidence that as we continue to distill this information and move forward, the Executive Council will develop and pursue a strategy that maps out a bold and successful economic road for Wyoming.”
“The ENDOW Executive Council has received excellent input from Wyoming people and invaluable support from a number of state agencies, the University of Wyoming and Wyoming’s community colleges, local economic development leaders and private sector partners. My thanks to everyone who has engaged with the Executive Council so far. I cannot stress enough how vital the input we receive from Wyoming people is to ENDOW’s process and chances of success,” ENDOW Co-Chair Greg Hill concluded.