November – December 2017 Volume 45, Number 6

45th Annual Meeting Highlights Diversifying Wyoming Jobs & Revenue

On the snowy evening of November 4th, around 100 of our members gathered in Sheridan for Powder River’s 45th Annual Meeting. After socializing and shopping at our silent and live auction, the crowd got down to business with a credentialfilled panel of economists discussing the future of Wyoming. This year’s theme, Reclaiming Wyoming & Diversifying Our Economy, featured a panel conversation between Mike Madden, economist & Chair of the Wyoming House Revenue Committee; Mark Haggerty, economist with Headwaters Economics; and Rob Godby, Director of the Center for Energy Economics & Public Policy at the University of Wyoming. The panel was moderated by Dustin Bleizeffer, a Wyoming journalist with more than 18 years of experience covering energy and natural resource issues. While providing few answers to the difficult questions facing Wyoming ––specifically our over-dependence on fossil fuels (which fund about 2/3 of the current state budget)—the panelists reinforced some cold hard truths and provided a few lessons for our own advocacy work.

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