Proposed ENDOW Goal: 100,000 Jobs by 2038

From left, Chamber President Travis Evans, luncheon speakers Jesus Rios and Rosie Berger, and Kevin Bailey, executive vice president of First Federal Savings Bank, who drew the name of the winner of the Weatherby Gun Raffle. (Photo by Pat Blair)
From left, Chamber President Travis Evans, luncheon speakers Jesus Rios and Rosie Berger, and Kevin Bailey, executive vice president of First Federal Savings Bank, who drew the name of the winner of the Weatherby Gun Raffle. (Photo by Pat Blair)

One of the goals being proposed for ENDOW is to create 100,000 new jobs in Wyoming by 2038.

ENDOW – an acronym for Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming – was the focus of a presentation Wednesday by ENDOW executive board members Jesus Rios and Rosie Berger.

Rios said the 100,000 jobs isn't yet a measurable goal of the initiative, but it's an objective that the executive board would like to see adopted.

He and Berger talked about ENDOW and what the executive council is doing at the monthly Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The ENDOW executive committee's report is scheduled to go to Governor Matt Mead on Aug. 1.

Berger said one of the most unique opportunities that ENDOW has provided is networking.

Mead created the ENDOW initiative as a comprehensive approach to diversifying Wyoming's economy, and the initiative was authorized by the Legislature with efforts to span the next 20 years.

Rios said the executive council is focused on generating ideas that the members think make sense. He said the council wants to balance the overrepresented segments of Wyoming's economy – such as oil and gas, which currently make up 25 percent of the state's gross domestic product – with segments that are currently underrepresented.

For example, he said, finance, insurance and real estate currently are 14 percent of Wyoming's GDP, compared to 20 percent in the U.S. as a whole.

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Jesus Rios. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Jesus Rios. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Rosie Berger. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Rosie Berger. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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