Breakfast with the Governor

Governors-Breakfast-04.29.15-slider.jpgOver 135 of you joined us for “Breakfast with the Governor” this morning – a real treat on a beautiful spring morning!

We had a delicious buffet from Open Range in the historic Sheridan Inn setting, with a witty and very informative featured guest. Ask our board president, Stacia Skretteberg, if it was a special time: it’s not everyone who has their state governor singing Happy Birthday to them on their (sh-h-h) 40th birthday.

Wyoming Governor - Matt MeadAnd Gov. Matt Mead’s presentation was full of measures that he is proposing or actively implementing, along with the state legislature and agencies, on behalf of Wyoming. Some of these:

* In a state where 70-75% of revenue comes from minerals, making diversification of our economy a priority, especially in expanding our technology offerings. “My goal is to talk about minerals, tourism, ag and No. 4 would be technology.”

* Supporting the use of the state’s $2 billion “rainy day” fund to level out state revenue so that state residents can be provided essentially the same services when the extraction industry is having down times.

* Supporting the allocation of more funds to local governments. “The best decisions made at the county level, the town level, are made by those who live there.”

* To bring back some of our talent drain in a new program called “Wyoming Grown,” seeking out former state residents who already know the benefits of living in Wyoming and connecting them with available jobs in our state.

* Continued work and diligence to increase competition and lower costs in health care. Right now, he said, Wyoming has the highest healthcare costs in the nation.

* Addressing the lack of reliable commercial air service in the state, including the possibility of regional airports rather than an airport in each and every town that wants one.

 

 

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