Gov. Gordon outlines post-pandemic recovery plan

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Governor Mark Gordon released his post-pandemic recovery plans for the state, using federal funding and state resources. The muli-part strategy, developed by a “Strike Team”, includes three phases, “survive”, “drive” and “thrive.”

According to Governor Gordon’s office, Gordon wants to ensure that funds are spent strategically, to maximize the benefits to the state.

“We have the opportunity to use these funds to help shape the Wyoming of the future and make our state an even more desirable place to live, work and visit,” Governor Gordon said. “We have identified some critical areas where we should focus our efforts, and which will maximize the opportunity that we have before us. Since it is our great-grandchildren who will be paying for this government funding, it is that generation that deserves to benefit from it.”

In the “survive” phase, several immediate problems were identified that will be addressed with the remaining CARES Act dollars or other available federal funds. These include funding to address increased needs for mental health and substance abuse services; tax relief for businesses; identifying underserved areas needing improved broadband connectivity; expanding camping at Wyoming State Parks to address overcrowding; and increasing employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry.

On June 8, Governor Gordon announced an additional $12 million in funding to promote the energy sector in Wyoming through the Energy Rebound program.

For the “drive” phase, several goals were identified for further study and planning. Some planning areas of the “drive” phase may last well into next year, says the Governor’s Office. Aspects include creating new jobs, expanding educational opportunities and expanding outdoor recreation and enhance wildlife populations. The plan also includes “focused efforts to retain and attract working families and young adults to permanently live and raise families in Wyoming.”

In addition to this plan, the Governor asked the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) to prepare its plan for continued COVID-19 response.

The complete report on the “Proposals for the Future” is available on the Governor’s website.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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