Council Hears Update on NE Wyoming Growth Alliance

Dave Simonsen, representing Jo Co First, spoke with the Buffalo City Council at a recent meeting, updating them on the Northeast Wyoming Growth Alliance, which he said was the new name of the Tri-Cities Regional Economic Development Group.

Representatives from the Cities of Gillette, Sheridan and Buffalo, along with the Jo Co First, the Energy Capital Economic Development group, and the counties of Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan, have been busy with this NEW Growth Alliance, and have begun working on a program to market the region as viable for economic development.

Simonsen describes the organization's goals.

Another plus factor for the Northeast Wyoming region is the strong community college system and the placement of campuses in each community.

Simonsen said they are beginning to market the region to perspective businesses through trade shows, direct marketing and other venues.

Diversification of the regional economy is vital to building for the future, he said.

The target industries named as a good fit for the region by the alliance included advanced conversion technologies; advanced manufacturing; data centers and technology-related businesses; lifestyle entrepreneurs; and logistics and distribution.

After Simonsen's presentation, the council voted to have Mayor Mike Johnson proclaim that the City of Buffalo recognizes 2016 as the “Year of the Economic Developer” as requested by the International Economic Development Council.