22 in 21 will be forward-looking state of our community address

JACKSON HOLE, WYO — The 8th annual ‘22 in 21: State of Our Community’ will convene next week May 22 with a weighty theme: Shaping Our Desired Future.

22 in 21 is presented by the Jackson Hole think tank the Charture Institute with cooperation from 1% for the Tetons. In describing this year’s event, Charture’s executive director Jonathan Schechter noted foremost the date change, a scheduling adjustment that will allow for better guest attendance.

“In past years, because 22 in 21 has been held in January, Teton County’s legislative delegation has not been able to attend. By moving the date this year, we are thrilled to be able to accommodate not only all five of Teton County’s representatives to Cheyenne, but also Cam Sholly, Yellowstone’s new superintendent, who will be making his first formal appearance in Jackson Hole,” Schechter explained.

Since 2012, 22 in 21 has been the region’s premier forum for exploring the state of this community in a holistic manner that began as more economic-based but has grown to encompass anything and everything to do with Jackson Hole and what makes it so special.

This year’s roster of speakers—18 of the region’s senior leaders—includes both new superintendents of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, along with Teton County, Wyoming’s entire legislative delegation, making it an unprecedented gathering of those shaping the region’s future.

Schechter added, “We’re also fortunate that the other leaders of the region’s federal lands—Acting Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail, Bridger-Teton National Forest Supervisor Tricia O’Connor, and National Elk Refuge Manager Brian Glaspell will be joining us, given our region’s residents a chance to hear from, and interact with, all of the most important federal land leaders in the southern Yellowstone region.”

But this 22 in 21 will be about more than invited guests sharing their perspectives. Attendees should prepare to be engaged.

“Also new this year is creating a more active role for 22 in 21 attendees. In our rapidly-changing times and rapidly-changing region, we all have a role in shaping our future,” Schechter said.

Unique this year, every 22 in 21 attendee will be asked to take an active role in that exploration by answering two questions:

  • From your perspective, what is the most important thing to know about our region’s future?
  • What is one step we can take to help us create a better future for ourselves.

“The result will be a 150 piece ‘mosaic’ of insight into where the Tetons region is and where it is going,” Schechter revealed.

Every previous 22 in 21 has been a sell out. This one is almost there. Tickets are $90 (plus a $10 handling fee), and available online

Invited speakers confirmed attending

Panel #1: Federal Land Managers (moderator: Mary Gibson Scott)
  • Brian Glaspell – Manager, National Elk Refuge
  • Pat Kenney – Deputy Superintendent, Yellowstone National Park
  • Gopaul Noojibail – Acting Superintendent, Grand Teton National Park
  • Tricia O’Connor – Supervisor, Bridger-Teton National Forest
Panel #2: Wyoming State Legislators (moderator: Ruth Ann Petroff)
  • Dan Dockstader – Senator, WY State Senate
  • Mike Gierau – Senator, WY State Senate
  • Jim Roscoe – Representative, WY State House
  • Andy Schwartz – Representative, WY State House
  • Mike Yin – Representative, WY State House
Panel #3: County and Town Leaders (moderator: Andy Schwartz)
  • Mark Barron – Member, Teton County WY Commission
  • Hyrum Johnson – Mayor, Town of Driggs
  • Arne Jorgensen – Member, Town of Jackson Council
  • Jeff Potter – Mayor, Town of Victor
  • Cindy Riegel – Chair, Teton County ID Commission
  • Bailey Schreiber – Chair, Teton Conservation Board
Panel #4: County and Town Leaders (moderator: Gary Trauner)
  • Paul Beaupre – CEO, St. John’s Medical Center
  • Chris Isaacson – Chair, Teton ID School Board
  • Kate Mead –  Member, Teton WY School Board

The 8th annual 22 in 21: The State of Our Community. Theme: “Shaping Our Desired Future.”Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 9am – 5pm, with social hour to follow. Spring Creek Ranch.


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