Wyoming Governor Matt Mead spoke Friday about how the state's landscape - both natural and technological - has changed over the course of 2012. Mead says this year's record fire season was a significant challenge.
Over the past year, construction began on a Microsoft data center that could further develop the state's digital economy. The governor also sought public input on developing an energy strategy that he hopes could best position the state and its plentiful natural resources in the future. This year, the Cowboy State took over the management of wolves - a move that has received criticism from some.
Mead speaks to some of his priorities in the coming year.
The governor says the completion of the consolidation of the Departments of Workforce Services and Employment into one agency is a recent example of governmental streamlining.
This year, the state's information technology services were also consolidated into one agency, a move that Mead says saved over $1 million and eliminated 14 governmental positions.