Study aimed at community development, planning

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SHERIDAN — Sheridan has been selected as one of two communities to participate in a survey study conducted by a regional economic development research firm.

The Sonoran Institute is looking for feedback from residents of Sheridan to learn what makes economies thrive or fail. Sonoran Institute Economist Alison Berry said the “Place Value” research project is aiming to help inform community planning and development.

“The study is looking at linking economic development with community characteristics,” Berry explained. “We’re looking at a broad region that includes Montana, Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming. We have also selected a handful of communities to do a more direct outlook.”

In Wyoming, Sheridan and Cheyenne were chosen because they share the common thread of active forces working for economic expansion, but they are very different in size and topography.

“We’re trying to cover a range of different community sizes and types,” Berry said.

The process for data collection consists of three online surveys: one for employers, one for employees and one for university and college students. The surveys ask questions pertaining to working conditions, community characteristics and wages.

The data gathered can be used as an informative tool to understand what entices businesses and workers to set down roots in a community.

“The short version of our mission with the Community Builders Initiative is supporting healthy communities and vibrant landscapes,” Berry said.

The surveys opened May 1 and will run until May 16.  They be accessed online at

Information complied will be made available to Sheridan’s Economic Development Task Force.

By |May 8th, 2014|

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Tracee Davis joined the staff at The Sheridan Press in July of 2013. She covers business, energy and public safety. Tracee grew up in Kemmerer and has lived in several locations both in the U.S. and overseas. Her journalism training stems from her military service.