47th Annual Meeting Scheduled for Nov. 2nd in Sheridan

On Saturday, Nov. 2, Powder River Basin Resource Council will host its 47th Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn in Sheridan. This year’s theme, When Coal is No Longer King: A Conversation on Wyoming’s Future, will explore how the state’s economy must change as the coal industry shrinks.

Denise Parrish, Deputy Administrator of the Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate; Robin Cooley, Director of the Department of Workforce Services, and Adele Morris, Senior Climate and Energy Economics Fellow at the Brookings Institution, will discuss the economic transition from a coal-based economy and how communities, and the state as a whole, can adapt. Wyoming House Minority Floor Leader Cathy Connolly will moderate the panel.

“The time has come for Wyoming to rise to address the truth about the declining coal industry. With three coal company bankruptcies in the last year, and PacifiCorp’s new resource plan further confirming that the US is shifting away from coal-fired power, we can’t afford to wait any longer,” said Joyce Evans, Powder River Chair. “We all have a stake in transitioning our coal communities and entire state toward a new, resilient economy that’s not sustained by coal.”

The public portion of Powder River’s Annual Meeting kicks off at 4 pm with a social hour, music, and live & silent auctions. The dinner and panel discussion will begin at 7 pm. Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for non-members (which includes a one-year membership). Everyone is welcome. For more information or to register for the event, contact Powder River at 307-672-5809 or visit www.powderriverbasin.org.