Three cities coming together to boost Northeastern Wyoming's economy

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — With the theme of “From Local Success to Regional Excellence,” Sheridan will host an economic development conference on April 8 focusing on Northeast Wyoming. The conference will present the efforts of the communities of Buffalo, Gillette and Sheridan to prepare a plan and strategy to market the region as a prime location to expand or start a business. The effort was born out of conversations between elected officials in the three communities that began two years ago. These discussions started due to concerns in shifts in Wyoming’s energy economy. The initial dialogue solidified the realization that in order for the communities to be nationally competitive; efforts to encourage entrepreneurial start-ups, existing business expansion, and business relocation needed to focus on the regional advantages of Northeast Wyoming. By combining efforts, Buffalo, Gillette, and Sheridan can reach a larger audience; and more effectively compete with more metropolitan areas. The three communities were successful in receiving $100,000 in funding from the Wyoming Business Council to combine with local dollars to prepare the marketing strategy and plan. The hope is that the cooperative effort results in model for the rest of Wyoming to market regions of the state. The plan and strategy were prepared by the Smart Solutions Group and Golden Shovel Agency, specialists in economic development marketing, chosen as part of a competitive RFP process. The conference will feature a variety of different speakers including lunch keynotes by Wyoming Secretary of State, Ed Murray; and Shawn Reese, CEO of the Wyoming Business Council. Also speaking will be Tim Barnes of the Black Tooth Brewing Company and Ron Kensey of Kennon Products. They will be offering their perspectives and experience on growing business in Northeast Wyoming. Gillette City Administrator, Carter Napier, will present the marketing strategy and discuss next steps for the effort. #dally #news