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Gordon proclaims Wyoming ‘Economic Development Week’

Governor Mark Gordon and wife Jennie take in the applause shortly after Gordon was sworn in during the 2019 Wyoming Inaugural on Monday, Jan. 7, at the Cheyenne Civic Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has declared May 9-15 as “Economic Development Week” in the Cowboy State, the Wyoming Business Council said Monday.

“Economic development is the core of well-being and quality of life for Wyoming businesses and communities,” Gordon said in the announcement. “Wyoming is blessed with an abundance of natural resources and an adventurous lifestyle. Economic development helps add value to Wyoming’s potential through business recruitment and existing business expansion, entrepreneurial development and collaboration between business and industry, community organizations,government entities and stakeholders.”

Gordon signed the proclamation declaring “Economic Development Week” on Wednesday, May 5. The week is intended as a way to celebrate and promote Wyoming’s economic development efforts, including state and local policies and initiatives aiming to retain and grow jobs in the state as well as both public and private investments in Wyoming communities.

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“Economic developers and community leaders work hand-in-hand every day to help their towns and cities thrive and be more resilient,” WBC CEO Josh Dorrell said. “To realize these benefits takes time, commitment, facilitation, and buy-in. Economic Development Week is the perfect opportunity to say ‘thank You’ and showcase these valuable partnerships and day-to-day efforts.”

The Wyoming Business Council pointed to some examples of how organizations in the state are celebrating Economic Development Week.

Goshen County Economic Development has been proactive in promoting the celebration each year, and this week they will host coffee and donuts in each municipality, a photo contest, and virtual tours of their economic development offices,” the WBC said. “Other activities around the state include local media spotlights, sharing the economic impacts of local employers and industries, and testimonials and social media posts highlighting economic development efforts.”

Sweetwater Economic Development Coalition Economic Development Specialist Kayla McDonald said in the release that their organization is partnering with “Western Wyoming Community College and Sweetwater Travel and Tourism to produce a video highlighting economic development/quality of life projects, tourism and education. National Community College Month is this month and National Travel and Tourism Week is the week before National Economic Development Week, so we are merging our efforts together.”