SEEDA Discusses Economics During Legislative Forum

Mark Kinner, Mark Jennings, Dave Kinskey
Mark Kinner, Mark Jennings, Dave Kinskey

During the recent legislative forum, Robert Briggs, with Sheridan Economic and Educational Development Authority (SEEDA) spoke to Sheridan County's legislators about economic development and diversity in the county.

Briggs said manufacturing jobs in Sheridan County have been growing, with about 300 new jobs created from 2007 to 2019, even through the recessions and downturns that have happened in that time.

SEEDA, he said, is about diversifying the local economy to help ease those impacts from downturns not only in the energy industry, but others as well.

Briggs said SEEDA was formed in 2007 to take advantage of a unique partnership between education, local government, and business investment and opportunity.

SEEDA has been involved in the creation of project ready opportunity in the form of the high-tech business park; a commitment to the retention and expansion of talent in the community through career technical education and training study through partnership with Sheridan College and local schools; and community enhancement like projects like the WYO Theater; according to Briggs.

Moving into the future, Briggs said SEEDA will look at project-ready property opportunities, opportunities to train the workforce, and look into barriers to business development.

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