Governor Matt Mead attended Thursday night's awards dinner for the Wyoming Chamber Partnership Spring Conference held in Buffalo.
The three-day conference featured Chambers of Commerce from around the state for training, networking, and the awards ceremony attended by Governor Mead.
Governor Mead opened the awards dinner by speaking briefly about the health of the state, which he said is good and improving.
Unemployment has dropped from 6.4% when he took office to 4% this month, he said.
He also reported the state is in the top five for business climate; the number two emerging data center; and the best state in the union for lowest taxes.
Wyoming is third best in overall poverty rate and the best state for fewest children below the poverty line.
The Governor then spoke about the importance of the local chambers of commerce, how they contribute to the overall health of a community and the state and thanked everyone for their hard work making Wyoming a great place to live.
He summed up his speech by saying, “When we think about your job, we think about riding for the brand. This group rides for the brand and that brand is Wyoming. By your work you are not only improving all of our lives now, but you are improving it for generations to come.”
The awards ceremony followed the Governors speech.
The Chamber Partnership's Board member of the Year was Scott Anderson from the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
Business member of the Year was the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Staff member of the year was Elizabeth Hunt from the Rawlins/Carbon County Chamber of Commerce.
The second Staff member of the Year was Rick Howe from the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
And the Executive Director of the Year went to Scott Baylo from the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce.