Reclaiming & Growing Wyoming’s Future – Webinar Series
On Wednesday, June 17 Powder River kicked-off its webinar series, Reclaiming & Growing Wyoming’s Future, providing education, tools, and resources available for a planned transition to a new, diversified Wyoming economy. Each session features panelists with specific areas of expertise in transitioning resource-dependent communities. Anyone with an interest in understanding how Wyoming’s communities can transition from dependency on resource extraction to a healthy, diverse economy is encouraged to attend any or all of the webinars.
Webinar 1: Wyoming’s Reality & Future Opportunities
In this first webinar, held on June 17, Rob Godby, Associate Dean of the Haub School of Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming; Sharon Fain, Rocky Mountain Power’s Vice President for Wyoming, and Kirk Keysor, Economic Development Representative with the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration will discuss Wyoming’s current economic situation and identify opportunities and possible solutions for moving forward. Retired natural resources/energy attorney Larry Wolfe will moderate the panel.
Webinar 2: Tools to Diversify Wyoming’s Economy
The second session, Tools to Diversify Wyoming’s Economy, is scheduled for June 25 at 10 am. The speakers will be Jack Morgan, Program Manager for National Association of Counties (NACo) County Innovations Lab, Brett Schwartz, National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation Associate Director, and Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Chief Strategy Officer with the Wyoming Business Council. The moderator will be Wyoming State Senator Fred Baldwin.
Webinar 3: Securitization: A Finance Tool for Energy Transition
The third webinar, Securitization: A Finance Tool for Energy Transition, is scheduled for July 7 at 10 am. The speakers will be Uday Varadarajan, economist with Rocky Mountain Institute, and Max Backlund, senior research associate for the Kem C. Gardner Institute at the University of Utah. The moderator will be Dr. Elizabeth Stanton, founder and director of the Applied Economics Clinic.
Webinar 4: Funding Wyoming’s Economic Transition
The fourth and final webinar, Funding Wyoming’s Economic Transition, is scheduled for July 21 from 10 am to noon. The speakers will be Ben Alexander, senior program advisor with the Resources Legacy Fund; Chris Markuson, Director of Colorado and State Economic Transition Policy for the BlueGreen Alliance, and Cindy Winland, senior fellow for the Just Transition Fund. Dale Steenbergen, CEO of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber will moderate the session.
Powder River Basin Resource Council members gather annually to weigh issues and policy positions and pass new resolutions, which become the organization’s official policy. But our Annual Meeting, usually held the first Saturday in November, is more than a policy session. It’s a chance for dedicated citizens and community leaders from throughout the state to gather for a little socializing and to just have some fun. The Annual Meeting is also an opportunity to support our valuable work. The Annual Meeting’s popular Silent Auction is our organization’s most lucrative fundraising event of the year, offering beautiful antiques, locally crafted jewelry, stunning artwork by members and non-members alike, sporting goods, vacation opportunities in Wyoming and around the world, and services provided by professional fishing and hunting guides.
Harvest Celebration & Potluck
In an effort to keep our members and the public safe during COVID-19, Powder River will not hold an in-person event this year. We will hold the raffle, which has some wonderful prizes, and we will hold our “Pies by Guys” Auction via video, email, and mail. Watch for updates!
Each fall since 2005 the Powder River Basin Resource Council community welcomes one and all to join the fun at our annual Harvest Celebration & Potluck in the Sheridan/Buffalo area. There is something for everyone: great music, bountiful and fabulous home-cooked food (Powder River provides a locally sourced meat dish, then attendees load the buffet laden with delicious, locally grown and prepared dishes), enticing raffle prizes, and a spirited auction of “Pies by Guys.” This is the time for friends and neighbors to rub elbows, enjoy friendly conversation, and savor good food. Adults and children alike: all are welcome!
Spring Solar Celebration
This event has been indefinitely postponed; we hope to reschedule it for this summer. We will update this page and our Facebook page when we have more information. For more information, contact Hesid Brandow, solar organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307-672-5809.
Stayed tuned for information on upcoming events.