(PHOTOS) Energy Exposition welcomes to Gillette industry members from across the nation

Energy industry members greet Gov. Mark Gordon as he enters the Energy Exposition. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Energy industry members from around the nation gathered in the “Energy Capital of the Nation” this week for the Energy Exposition.

Event producer Kit Jennings said Wednesday that the first day of the event was a success and saw a lot of traffic in the morning though it quieted down in mid-afternoon.

He said the event’s networking continental breakfast Wednesday morning included plenty of coffee.

“We understand the energy industry runs on caffeine,” he quipped.

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There were about 70 booths of people representing energy industry companies or groups, such as Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and Cutco Cutlery, that were seeking to serve the energy industry.

Booths on Wednesday line the CAM-PLEX’s Wyoming Center in Gillette. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

Industry members whom County 17 met with came from states including Minnesota, Montana, Texas and Colorado. Others, including NewKota, were at least partially local.

NewKota representatives attended the Energy Exposition, which was held June 21 to 23 at the CAM-PLEX in Gillette. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

Energy Capital Economic Development CEO Phil Christopherson welcomed visitors to Campbell County with a symposium session in which he explained the history of Gillette and efforts to bolster the economy, including the Wyoming Innovation Center.

Energy Capital Economic Development CEO Phil Christopherson shares the history of Gillette and its significance within the energy industry. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

Wednesday evening culminated in Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon’s visit and speech before a crowd of about 100 industry members at a buffet dinner.

Energy industry members greet Gov. Mark Gordon as he enters the Energy Exposition. (Mary Stroka/County 17)