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Wyoming Business Council year in review and a look ahead

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 8:10 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Business Council was quite busy in 2021.

They worked on several projects with the Business Ready Communities Program and streamlined their foundational projects to help prepare for Wyoming’s future growth.

“Actually, Wyoming is one of the most business-friendly states because of our ability to make policy happen quickly. I think that’s really important to understand that Wyoming is one of the fastest movers in policy and I believe our small size gives us an advantage there,” said the CEO of the Wyoming Business Council, Josh Dorrell.

They were also key players in Governor Mark Gordon’s Survive, Drive, and Thrive team, helping to put proposals together for 2022.

With a new focus on the Federal Infrastructure Funding, they are using it to help Wyoming transition into new industries, industries like tech, light manufacturing, and new avenues of the energy sectors to develop the state’s long-term economy.

“We’ve got to think big and bold right now. Now is the time when there is a lot of federal money coming at us and there are some really big shifts in industries and we’re going to have to think bigger. We’re going to have to recognize that that change may come with some consequences. But now is the time to think big and bold and really look at our economy, not just one year down the road, but maybe 10 or 20 years down the road,” said Dorrell.

WBC says diversifying Wyoming’s industries adds to its economic resiliency, helps create new jobs and encourages better wages.

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