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Governor to help plant new roots at ‘ENGAGE Summit’ in Casper (VIDEO+PHOTOS)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon will be speaking at the “ENGAGE Summit 2019” on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Casper.

Casper has been selected to host the event, partially because ENGAGE Wyoming organizers think a lot of energy and new things are happening here. (More about that is available in this article.)

The purpose of the summit, with a theme of “New Roots” is to bring “together the next generation of Wyoming citizens to learn, educate, network and engage on economic, civil and social topics critical to the Cowboy State.”

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Gordon will share some thoughts on how to energize young Wyomingites, particularly those 18-35 year olds the event is geared toward, on how to create a future for the state they’d like to see.

“He is going to be attending and will be able to speak to attendees about ENGAGE’s efforts,” says Amber Pollock, Backwards Distilling Company co-owner and “ENDOW” Executive Council member.

“He’s been supportive since coming into office. It will be really exciting to hear what he has to say and hope it will impress upon attendees how critical really this effort is and the impact potential he sees for it.”

Gordon will be joined by other elected officials and both public and private sector representatives from organizations across the state as speakers at the summit.

Eric “ET” Trowbridge will be the summit’s keynote speaker. He is the founder of “The Array School,” which is based in Cheyenne.

Eric Trowbridge (ENGAGE Wyoming, Facebook)

“We became Wyoming’s first accelerated technology and design school when we opened in 2016,” the school’s website says. For the last three years we have been teaching computer science, web development, coding, and graphic design to our diverse group of students.”

Pollock says that Trowbridge is an excellent example of the vision behind ENGAGE.

“He’s a perfect example of somebody in our age demographic who came back to Wyoming and started a thing that he felt was lacking,” she says. “When he was trying to pursue his career and his passion in Wyoming he had to move away for it.”

“He’s an example of somebody who brought that back and created that opportunity so that others would be able to stay here and get the types of training and education they wanted to be able to pursue their passions.”

Representative Sara Burlingame, who represents Cheyenne in the state legislature, will participate on a Friday evening panel.

Rep. Sara Burlingame (Courtesy of the State of Wyoming Legistlature)

“She’ll be sitting on a panel Friday night talking about Wyoming identities, trying to expand our focus on what is a Wyoming identity,” says Pollock.

“While we lack diversity in our state in a number of ways, there are still diverse identities and perspectives here in the state.”

Pollock says one goal for ENGAGE is to find ways to embrace that diversity and foster it for the future.

The following speakers have been announced:

“Even if it is last minute, we still want as many people to come as possible,” Pollock says.

Registration for the event remains open online and people can also register in person beginning at a 5 pm mixer on Friday at the Backwards Distillery, located at 158 Progress Circle in Mills.

They can also register starting at 8 am Saturday at the new Yellowstone Garage Hall. That venue space is located in the former Ka-Lark’s Gymnastics space at 355 South Ash Street.

“We’ve got a really solid number of registrants already coming, well over 100 attendees,” Pollock says. “They’re coming from all corners of the state which is really great.”

One part of the summit will feature regional breakout sessions to help people from similar parts of Wyoming connect.

“Making those connections so that you can be aware and supporting other efforts going on in your community is going to be critical,” Pollock says.

The event’s schedule is as follows: