Tis the holiday season in Sheridan. Forward Sheridan has a great deal to be thankful for over the past year and much to look forward to 2014.
Thanks to the 47 private and public investors that continue to fund, support, advise and utilize Forward Sheridan to build and sustain their business.
Thanks to the seven businesses that have visited Sheridan, since June, in the quest in looking for potential business sites — two tech, three manufacturers, one transload and two senior health care. There are more on the docket for 2014.
Thanks to the board of directors for their participation and more so, their ideas on how and what to focus on to build the foundation for economic sustainability. The vision and financial diligence keeps us on track and within our means.
Thanks to Sheridan College (Dr. Paul Young and his colleagues) for the willingness to work, participate and most importantly be a common partner when recruiting business opportunities.
Thanks to the city of Sheridan, Sheridan County and several of our social institutions for their insights and assistance — the continued overall vision for infrastructure support and community projects clearly sets Sheridan as a leader within the State of Wyoming.
Now — largely due to the efforts of the Economic Development Task Force — identified economic development activities are parsed to the appropriate players, limiting redundancy and overlap. The Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce and Sheridan Travel and Tourism are value-added team members in describing and telling our story about Sheridan. We are more than a great place to live, we are a destination now for early stage tech companies, many consulting firms and a growing niche manufacturing — just look at the expansions on the north and south ends of town.
The marketing of Sheridan via business has made significant transformations. We have readily available, current statistics on demographics, wages, education and properties. Promotional business materials now include state and national advertising, blog and social media, and we have taken an active stance at participating in regional economic development venues including telehealth, data center, broadband and manufacturing site selectors. We are making prescribed and thought out strategies to put Sheridan on the map. This includes “shovel ready” building sites, clearer building standards and requirements and some virtual buildings that can be show and tell.
Due to the outreach efforts, Sheridan is now moving from a place on the map to a place to firmly discuss business options around focused manufacturing, mobile app and applied programming and a growing number of telehealth interests.
Jay Stender is the executive director of Forward Sheridan.