Legislators Hear Report on Forward Sheridan

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Forward Sheridan Executive Director Jay Stender talks about the organization's achievements during Thursday's legislative forum. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Forward Sheridan Executive Director Jay Stender talks about the organization's achievements during Thursday's legislative forum. (Photo by Pat Blair)

One Sheridan company has released Droid apps and is in public beta testing for an educational release. Another has received a U.S. patent for a new healthcare software. A company in the high tech park on Sheridan's north side now has 80 employees and continues to grow. Forward Sheridan Executive Director cited these and other highlights of his organization's efforts in a report at yesterday's (Thursday, Jan. 16) legislative forum.

Stender told Sheridan County's legislators that Forward Sheridan – a private/public economic development organization – has benefited from help from the Wyoming Business Council and Business Ready Community funds approved by past legislators. He said money from state economic development programs has allowed Sheridan County's organization to participate in trade shows and other recruitment efforts to bring new businesses here. He urged legislators to look favorably on continuation of these programs in the upcoming legislative session.

He said during the past 10 months, Forward Sheridan has hosted visits to Sheridan by two engineering firms, three inter-generational/health care developers, two tech health care firms, car, oil field and other service-related businesses and representatives of agricultural businesses including feed lot and holistic/natural growth enterprises. He told legislators that those attending last year's tech fair – an annual event hosted by Forward Sheridan – included representatives from five universities, including Auburn and Chicago.

Stender said the organization also has and is working with manufacturing companies already here to help open new markets for their products. Active partners in the Sheridan organization include 46 private investors and the city and county.

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