November – December 2019, Volume 47, Number 5
On the evening of Nov. 2, nearly 150 of our members gathered for Powder River’s 47th Annual Meeting. After socializing and shopping at the silent and live auctions; the crowd filled the room at the Holiday Inn in anticipation of the conversation around how Wyoming can address the declining coal industry and subsequent consequences, both economic and human, before it’s too late. After a tumultuous year of bankruptcies, layoffs, and mine closures, in addition to the state’s budget woes and dismal revenue outlook, it was no surprise that Wyomingites turned out to listen to the discussion.
This year’s theme, When Coal is No Longer King: A Conversation on Wyoming’s Future, featured a panel discussion among Denise Parrish, Deputy Administrator of the Wyoming Office of the Consumer Advocate; Robin Cooley, Director of the Department of Workforce Services, and Adele Morris, Senior Climate and Energy Economics Fellow at the Brookings Institution. The panel was moderated by Wyoming House Minority Floor Leader Cathy Connolly, who has served in the state legislature for a decade.
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