The newly established Creative Economy Council of Sheridan and Johnson Counties will have its first official meeting at the Cowboy Carousel Center, located on Lobban Avenue in Buffalo, on Thursday from 9 until 11 a.m.
In May, the council had an informal meeting in which they gauged how many local organizations would want to be involved.
One of the founders of the council is Susan Bigelow. She is also the Vice President for External Relations and Economic Development at the college.
At the suggestion of the Sheridan Economic Educational Development Authority or SEEDA, she said, the council has been formed as an "organization of organizations" that will focus on planning assistance for creative economic endeavors.
What began as a few collaborative projects with the college and the city of Sheridan, she said, has developed in to a full fledged cross-county effort to grow the local economy.
She said the upcoming meeting will focus on a grant that SEEDA applied for to get the council started. The $50,000 grant is through the Wyoming Business Council, and one part of the meeting will be a discussion of what projects to fund.
However, she said, the most important part of the meeting will be defining the organizational structure of the council and a plan for the coming fiscal year.
She said she wants to emphasize that this is a council and not an organization
Bigelow can be reached at 674-6446 extension 2861.