During the last Wyoming legislative session Governor Matt Mead signed in a bill on March 3rd, 2017 forming the ENDOW Executive Council. This Council is dedicated to strategic planning toward economically needed diversity options for Wyoming. Governor Matt Mead is the Chairman and his Co-Chair is Greg Hill, a Wyoming mechanical engineer with extensive expertise in the oil and gas industry.
The first meeting for the appointed ENDOW Executive Council was held in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the Laramie County Community College. Discussed was the primary reasons of this Council and the overall time-line. The goal is to have a plan finished by the 2017 and to spend 2018 executing the overall plan. The purpose of the first meeting was to get “grounded” according to Hill and this is one of 6 meetings scheduled for the year.
Further explained during the day’s session was the role the Council will be playing in planning economic development. A goal will be to identify potential industries and understand the needs of business prospects when getting them to relocate and expand in Wyoming.
“Long-range strategic planning is a critical part of economic development and growth. Therefore, we look forward to seeing what comes out of the ENDOW Executive Council’s work.” stated Stephanie Joy Meisner-Maggard, Vice President of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and also, Legislative Chair on the Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She added, “It would be our hopes to gain from this process a stronger understanding of the State’s perspective on economic development efforts in our respective areas that we can then apply to our day to day efforts in creating prosperous communities.”
This initiative was signed into law, meaning it is an ongoing initiative and program of the State of Wyoming unless legislative action take place as described by Jerimiah Rieman, Director of Economic Diversification Strategy and Initiatives. The session today included presenters focused on orientation, State economic data and discussion on overall takeaways. The session concluded with a reception at the Cheyenne Depot.
Below are the Facebook Live Videos featuring today’s meeting.