SEEDA Contributes to Sheridan Success

From left, Robert Briggs, SEEDA Chairman Ken Thorpe and Chamber President Travis Evans. (Photo by Pat Blair)
From left, Robert Briggs, SEEDA Chairman Ken Thorpe and Chamber President Travis Evans. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan now has hundreds of light manufacturing jobs that didn't exist 15 years ago, according to State Sen. Dave Kinskey, and part of Sheridan's success is due to SEEDA.

SEEDA, which is an acronym for the Sheridan Economic and Educational Development Authority, was the focus of Wednesday's Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce luncheon program. Kinskey made his remarks in introducing Robert Briggs, SEEDA's executive director.

Briggs said SEEDA was formed in 2007, and exists primarily as a vehicle for leveraging state and federal funds, to maximize local dollars for economic development.

The organization is a joint powers board, currently consisting of two representatives from the city of Sheridan, two from the Northern Wyoming Community College District and one at-large member.

Briggs said one of SEEDA's first projects was the Early Childhood Education Center, which provides educational opportunities for children ages 6 months to six years. More than 90 children are enrolled there this year.

SEEDA has also played a role in developing the Sheridan High Tech Business Park and in bringing Vacutech and Weatherby to Sheridan. Briggs said future projects include helping Kennon with plans for a manufacturing facility in the business park and helping the Sheridan Start-up Challenge as a sponsor.

He said lessons that SEEDA has learned include the importance of project-ready property. Also, he said, economic development efforts require time and a consistent dedication of resources.

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Robert Briggs, SEEDA executive director. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Robert Briggs, SEEDA executive director. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Chamber luncheon attendees watch a video shown as part of Briggs' presentation. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Chamber luncheon attendees watch a video shown as part of Briggs' presentation. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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