(Gillette, Wyo.) The first two-day meeting of the ENDOW Executive Council in Cheyenne is this week. The meeting will be in the Clay Pathfinder Building, ANB Bank Leadership Center. The Council will begin on May 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. followed by a public reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Cheyenne Depot. May 12th, the Council will meet 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and public comments will be accepted.
In a press release back in April, Governor Matt Mead announced the Executive Council for ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming). The panel is comprised of 25 accomplished business owners and community leaders from across the state of Wyoming.
“These individuals are among Wyoming’s best and brightest, and they have agreed to contribute their time and expertise to help Wyoming.” Gov. Mead said in a statement. “Their insights will be invaluable as we work to encourage the expansion and diversification of Wyoming’s economy.”
Gillette residents, Michael Von Flatern, Vice President of the Senate, Chairman of the Senate Minerals, and Business and Economic Development Committee and Mark Christensen, president of The MC Family of Companies, were selected.
“This first few meeting are looking into weakness and strengths in Wyoming to help make a more diverse economy,” said Senator Michael Von Flatern.
The main focus of the Council is strategizing to build a diversified and a value-added economy in Wyoming by 2038. Eventually, the Council will be looking into education, taxes, workforce training, research, business development, entrepreneurship, innovation and private sector, in theory, will create jobs, products, and new companies.
“I found it interesting given my background in development I really enjoy those discussions and topics. So, it was a natural fit for me,” stated Mark Christensen.
The Executive Council’s first report is due to Governor Mead and the Wyoming Legislature by August 30, 2017. By August 1, 2018, a twenty-year comprehensive economic diversification strategy is due to Governor Mead.