Rep. Kinner Says Tough Times May Make Change Easier

State Rep. Mark Kinner says he believes that the current downturn in Wyoming's mineral-based economy could help shift the state away from the reliance on coal, oil and natural gas.

He made the comments earlier this week on Sheridan Media's morning Public Pulse talk show in response to questions from host Kim Love.

He recalled a comment by Wyoming's governor during a conference two years ago in Cheyenne. He said the governor was talking to some people from Silicon Valley in California, who live in Jackson.

He said training people in coding and computer science could produce results similar to what happened when Vacutech came to Sheridan, drawn by the people trained at Sheridan College in welding and machine-tooling.