Air, Rail Important to Sheridan Economics

Among those attending the site selectors' meeting were, from left, City Councilman Thayer Shafer, County commissioners Steve Maier, Tom Ringley and Terry Cram and State Rep. Mark Kinner. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Air and rail are important to Sheridan's economic growth, according to the site selectors who've been visiting the community this week.

Adam Wasserman and Lois Yates from Arizona-based GLD Partners put some of their observations together in a public presentation at the county courthouse Wednesday afternoon. Wasserman said he would like the airport to be what he called a stronger story.

Wasserman said the air service is important because of Sheridan's distance from other locations. And, he said, the community's business-friendly quotient is also important.

Wasserman said Sheridan has some under-utilized land around the railroad, and rail should be a significant part of the communty's economic proposition. Wasserman and Yates were in Sheridan for two days this week, ending their tour Wednesday with a meeting with Montana-Dakota Utilities and ACT officials to discuss power and connectivity options.

Forward Sheridan CEO Jay Stender said the goal of the site selectors' visit was to try to get a snapshot of their views of potential manufacturing, use of the airport and technology in Sheridan.

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Adam Wasserman. In foreground is Sheridan County Administrative Director Renee Obermueller. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Site selector Lois Yates. (Photo by Pat Blair)