ENDOW Vice Chairman Speaks at Rotary

ENDOW Vice Chairman Bill Schilling. (Photo by Pat Blair)
ENDOW Vice Chairman Bill Schilling. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming, better known by the acronym ENDOW, was the focus of the program Friday at the Sheridan Rotary Club luncheon.

Speaker Bill Schilling, who's vice chairman of the ENDOW executive council, said the program is a 20-year grassroots plan to set Wyoming on a path to economic diversity.

In an interview with Sheridan Media after the luncheon, Schilling said the purpose of ENDOW is to provide a strategic work plan that has clear guidelines that require action.

He said the ENDOW Council will make recommendations for how to achieve its goals in reports to Gov. Matt Mead. He said one report has already been presented, another is due at the end of December and a third is due next August.

In his talk to the Rotary Club, Schilling said Wyoming faces several challenges, including an aging population, a tax structure that's fairly one-sided, and statewide income disparities. On the plus side, Schilling said Whitney Benefits is an extraordinary asset to the Sheridan community.

Schilling said one of the areas the ENDOW council needs to be looking at is infrastructure, the elements that are essential to grow jobs in Wyoming. One that's key, he said, is air service, and he said Sheridan has done a great job on that.

The ENDOW executive council has 20 members, and Schilling said several of those are from Sheridan County, including Jesus Rios and Rosie Berger.

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Another view of Schilling. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another view of Schilling. (Photo by Pat Blair)

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