2016 News Releases
April 20, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Top 100 Shooting Competition, an initiative of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, is kicking off. This initiative is part of a larger effort to promote shooting sports across Wyoming. It is a “postal match” meaning it is scored on the honor system – scores can be entered online at the Game and Fish website. Amateur level competition is open to all shooters.
Representatives from the Governor’s office, the Wyoming Game and Fish, the National Rifle Association and Wyoming’s firearms industry will be attending workshops sponsored by local shooting ranges and clubs. All shooters are welcome. Workshops are scheduled for April 22nd in Laramie, May 18th in Douglas, May 19th in Lander, May 22nd in Newcastle, May 23rd in Gillette, May 24th in Thermopolis, June 12th in Rawlins, June 13th in Evanston, June 14th in Jackson and June 15th in Cody. Information on locations, times and dates is available on the Wyoming Game and Fish website.
“We are proud of our western heritage in Wyoming. This is the first round of the Wyoming Top 100 – I hope these workshops will encourage people to get out and take part in shooting sports,” said Governor Mead.
Shooting sports and outdoor recreation are among key sectors in Wyoming’s economic diversification efforts. The Governor has also launched the Open Ranges Initiative to increase access to public shooting ranges and the Magpul Governor’s Match – a national level 2-gun (semi-automatic rifle and pistol) match.
A Wyoming Conservation Stamp is required in order to participate in the Wyoming Top 100.
April 20, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead has made appointments to the ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) Executive Council. The panel is composed of accomplished business and community leaders from across Wyoming. It will focus on developing a strategy to build a sustainable, diversified and value-added economy in Wyoming by 2038.
“These individuals are among Wyoming’s best and brightest, and they have agreed to contribute their time and expertise to help Wyoming. Their insights will be invaluable as we work to encourage the expansion and diversification of Wyoming’s economy,” Governor Mead said. “I am interested in an approach that contains defined targets with flexibility to be implemented in any area of the state.”
Governor Mead announced the ENDOW initiative in November 2016. The Legislature endorsed this initiative and appropriated $2.5 million to advance and promote economic diversification.
The Governor has asked the ENDOW Executive Council to look at education, workforce training, research, business development, entrepreneurship, innovation and private sector businesses coming together to create jobs, products and companies.
The Executive Council is scheduled to meet for the first time May 11-12 in Cheyenne. Its members are:
“The opportunity to examine ways to diversify the economy of Wyoming is an exciting challenge,” said Mr. Hill. “The state has so much to offer, and has the time and the expertise to chart an exciting course for the future.”
The Executive Council’s first report is due to Governor Mead and the Wyoming Legislature by August 30, 2017. Its preliminary findings and recommendations are due by December 31, 2017. By August 1, 2018, a twenty year comprehensive economic diversification strategy is due to Governor Mead.
In addition to the ENDOW Executive Council, Governor Mead plans to establish a Rural Council to serve as a champion for rural economic diversification and to inform the Executive Council’s work. The ENDOW Rural Council will be co-chaired by Wally Wolski and Jim Espy of Savery. Full membership will be announced at a later date.
April 11, 2017
CHEYENNE – The State of Wyoming has been awarded up to $2 million to retrain northeast Wyoming workers impacted by layoffs in the coal industry. Eligible individuals can receive up to $6,500 toward the cost of a retraining program.
Governor Mead and the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) worked with the Wyoming Workforce Development Council, local economic development groups and other organizations to access the U.S. Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grant program funding. The grant can be used to assist those who worked directly for coal companies or indirectly in manufacturing and transportation businesses associated with coal. Workers in Campbell, Converse, Crook, Johnson, Niobrara, Sheridan and Weston counties are eligible.
“Coal is important to Wyoming,” said Governor Mead. “The coal industry and its employees are going through a tough time. We continue to do all we can to assist the workers that need help and training or new employment. I encourage anyone affected by the layoffs to visit the workforce centers for more information on this program.”
“The Department of Workforce Services and its partners have been working diligently to help individuals impacted by layoffs to get back on their feet,” said the Director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services John Cox. “This grant will provide extra support to enhance our efforts. We encourage all individuals facing layoffs, regardless of industry, to stop by a local workforce center to learn about the wide array of resources and assistance available to them.”
Resources are available at all DWS workforce centers to any person who has been laid off in Wyoming.
A full list of DWS workforce centers can be found at the following website link: http://www.wyomingworkforce.org/contact/employment/. For more information call 1-877-WORK-WYO.
March 29, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Governor Mead expressed appreciation today for Secretarial Order 3348 that lifted the federal coal leasing moratorium. Interior Secretary Zinke’s order also stopped work on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) initiated during the previous administration to revise the BLM’s federal coal program.
“I opposed the coal moratorium when it was instituted because the moratorium failed to take into account the world-class coal production and environmental stewardship occurring in Wyoming,” Governor Mead said. “I am pleased Secretary Zinke recognized that halting the federal coal program was not necessary for proper conservation stewardship. The moratorium harmed the nation’s energy security, the many who depend on coal power, and Wyoming’s economic and job opportunities.”
Governor Mead strongly opposed the PEIS process. He spoke against it at the BLM public input scoping meeting in May 2016 and when submitting scoping comments last summer. “Wyoming produces roughly 40% of the nation’s coal – 80% of that comes from federal lands. Yet, BLM did not reach out to Wyoming beforehand to learn about the model conservation and production program occurring in our state,” Governor Mead said. “The PEIS scoping document that came out last year was headed in the wrong direction and I am happy to see that Secretary Zinke has stopped the unnecessary program review.”
March 28, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Governor Mead expressed appreciation today for President Trumps’ executive order supporting domestic energy independence. The executive order calls on federal agencies to identify all rules, regulations, policies and guidance documents that stand in the way of energy production.
“Wyoming has been at the front of the fight for coal and better research on coal technologies. The Clean Power Plan shut down many research opportunities,” Governor Mead said. Governor Mead further stated, “It is my fundamental belief that advancements in coal must continue. Coal is an important resource to Wyoming and the world. We want to not only be a leader in production, but to lead in research on effective alternative uses for coal and carbon dioxide.”
Governor Mead asked that the Trump Administration reach out to the states when developing a federal blueprint for energy independence. “Wyoming is a leader in energy development and sound environmental regulation. I ask the Trump Administration to involve Wyoming in developing strategies for improving energy production,” Governor Mead said.
March 14, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Today Governor Mead signed Original House Bill 194, School Safety and Security. This law authorizes school districts to adopt rules for concealed carry on school property. The rules must provide an application and approval process, safeguarding and training requirements, and a process for revoking authorization. This law further requires notification of law enforcement, parents and guardians. It provides for local control and specific parameters. This bill was sponsored in part by legislators being asked by very rural schools without readily available law enforcement protection to have the opportunity for district consideration.
The Governor vetoed Original House Bill 137, Wyoming Repeal Gun Free Zones Act.
“Vetoing any bill is not a decision I take lightly,” said Governor Mead. “This bill had flaws. My veto message notes my strong support of the right to keep and bear arms, the numerous gun bills I have signed into law, and the numerous lawsuits I have directed the Attorney General to pursue to protect Second Amendment rights.”
House Bill 137 would have allowed concealed carry in any government meetings on public property but, for legislative meetings on public property, would have allowed concealed carry only where permitted. These were not consistent provisions. It was problematical for the Legislature to treat a county commissioner meeting or town council meeting, for example, different from legislative meetings. Many have asked for a say in such an important matter just as the Legislature has kept a say itself.
Governor Mead's veto message on HB137 can be found here.
March 7, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mead was pleased with the support from the nation’s governors for reforms to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Governor started to work on ESA reforms during his tenure as chairman of the Western Governors Association. The National Governors Association (NGA) winter meeting was held in Washington, D.C. February 24 – 27. The ESA reforms were considered and passed by those governors in attendance.
"The bipartisan principles adopted by governors recognize the value of wildlife to our nation and that we should constantly be looking for ways to do better for wildlife and people. I am thankful for the support from my fellow governors,” said Governor Mead.
Changes covered by the resolution include: states should be involved in the ESA process; clear recovery goals set for listed species; consistent funding to states for species conservation; and listing decisions with strong scientific basis. The resolutions passed by NGA will be shared with Congress and advocated for by NGA staff.
The full policy position can be read here: https://www.nga.org/cms/home/federal-relations/nga-policy-positions/page-nr-policies/col2-content/main-content-list/environmental-protection.html
March 6, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead signed the ENDOW Initiative bill into law Friday, March 3. In November, Governor Mead announced the ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) Initiative, a long-term planning effort for economic diversification. The bill, Senate File 132, establishes an executive council to oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive and coordinated economic diversification strategy, requires the Governor to designate a coordinator of economic diversification, and creates an economic diversification account.
“The idea to diversify Wyoming’s economy isn’t new and has been discussed for decades,” said Governor Mead. “What sets this initiative apart from those efforts is its approach, first establishing a strategy and second sustaining the effort over time through action and evaluation. With the passage of this bill, we must now execute. I am pleased to have the support of the legislature in seeing the need for this initiative and helping to put the plan into action.”
“For years, people in Wyoming have talked about the importance of diversifying our state’s economy. The time for talk is over,” said Senate President Eli Bebout. “The ENDOW initiative delivers action and a bold, long-term commitment to Wyoming’s future. By strengthening cooperation between the executive and legislative branches of government, we can ensure that Wyoming's legislative efforts work for Wyoming families and young people year round. I am confident that ENDOW will maximize results for Wyoming's future economic growth and prosperity.”
"The future generations of Wyoming community leaders, business owners and stewards of our land remain at the forefront of all that we have done this legislative session,” said House Speaker Steve Harshman. “ENDOW is a critical component of this work, positioning us to invest in Wyoming’s young people and empowering them to build a career right here at home. Be it through job training, business recruitment or enacting policies that can cultivate new industries and expand others, the legislature is proud to partner with Governor Mead on the ENDOW initiative.”
Governor Mead and Greg Hill, President and Chief Operation Officer of Hess Corporation and a University of Wyoming graduate, will co-chair the ENDOW Initiative.
In compliance with the new law, Governor Mead has appointed Jerimiah Rieman as the coordinator of economic diversification to oversee the ENDOW Initiative. The Governor expects to appoint the executive council in early April.
To find out more information, keep up to date on the program, or to provide your input on ENDOW, visit www.endowyo.biz.
March 3, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Governor Matt Mead applauded a 3-0 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that recognized Wyoming’s wolf management plan should be upheld. In 2012, the US Fish and Wildlife Service removed Wyoming’s wolves from the protection of the Endangered Species Act through a delisting rule. In 2014 a federal District Court judge reinstated federal protections for wolves and vacated the 2012 rule because she believed that population commitments Wyoming made in its wolf management plan needed to be in regulation or statute. As a result, she ruled that the US Fish and Wildlife Service acted arbitrarily in delisting Wyoming’s wolves. Wyoming and the federal government appealed that decision.
In today’s opinion, the Court concluded that US Fish and Wildlife Service did not act arbitrarily when it determined Wyoming’s Wolf Management Plan was sufficient to maintain a recovered wolf population upon delisting.
“I am pleased with today’s ruling. The Court recognized Wyoming’s Wolf Management Plan was appropriate. We look forward to state management once the 2012 delisting rule is formally reinstated,” said Governor Mead. “I thank everyone who has worked so hard for the recovery and delisting of wolves. This is the right decision for wolves and Wyoming.”
State officials will notify the public once the 2012 delisting rule is officially reinstated and once Wyoming is operating under its wolf management plan. Until that time, anyone with questions may contact Governor Mead’s policy advisor, David Willms at (307) 777-7434.
February 24, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead sent the Wyoming Senate his list of nominees for numerous state offices, boards and commissions. These nominees are subject to confirmation by the Senate.
“These boards, commissions and agencies are important to Wyoming,” said Governor Mead. “I thank everyone who has agreed to serve, including volunteers who are so giving of their time.”
A list of the Governor’s appointments is available under the "Boards and Commissions" tab on the Governor's website.