The State of Wyoming created the Wyoming Business Council to focus public and private efforts to build a strong job creation base in the new economy. The WBC is working hard developing a strong structure to provide communities with the necessary tools to expand existing businesses, attract new businesses to their area and develop their infrastructure.
The Investment-Ready Communities Division works with communities to assess community attributes from the perspective of a corporate site locator.
The Business and Industry Division focuses its attention on creating new and better job opportunities in Wyoming by encouraging new business start-ups; strengthening retention and expansion programs to help existing Wyoming companies and targeting and recruiting businesses to Wyoming.
The division works with local organizations such as economic development groups, chambers of commerce and local government to help lay the foundation for economic development.
As one of the top three industries in the state, agriculture has a total economic impact of nearly $1.5 billion on the Wyoming economy.
The Travel and Tourism Division works closely with the Wyoming travel industry -- the state's second-leading industry, with 37,823 full-time and part-time employees.
The Department of Workforce Services is Wyoming's newest State Agency. The Agency is focused on delivering comprehensive and effective services that build a workforce to meet the changing demands of Wyoming's diverse businesses, citizens and economy - hence, the Agency's mission - bridging human and economic development for Wyoming's future. The Department of Workforce Services is comprised of four divisions (listed below), all of which have distinct objectives that parallel the Agency's overall mission.
Business Training & Outreach
The BTO Division is charged with promoting economic and educational opportunities for Wyoming's diverse population. BTO administers the Apprenticeship Utilization Program, the Employment & Training for Self-Sufficiency Program, the WY Quality Counts!™ Program, Workforce Development Training Fund Program, the Senior Community Service Employment Program, the Dads Making a Difference Program and the Community Workforce & Volunteer Partnership Program. BTO also facilitates the Workforce Analysis for Future Investment project.
The ES Division helps to provide the means by which to build a workforce to meet the changing demands of Wyoming's diverse businesses, citizens and economy. ES administers a number of important, federally-funded programs, including the Workforce Investment Act Program, the Veterans Employment & Training Program, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program and the Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker Program among others.
The VR Division has the responsibility to advance employment opportunities for persons with disabilities within the State. VR administers the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, the Business Enterprise Program, the Wyoming Telecommunications Relay Service and the Social Security Disability Determination Service Program.
Office of the Director
The Office of the Director is home to the Director, Deputy Director, Policy Analyst and the Agency's Service and Support Unit. The Service and Support Unit works diligently in providing the Agency's policy, financial, human resources, communications and technology services to its internal clientele.
Other Wyoming Economic Development Organizations
Wyoming Economic Development Association (WEDA)
Campbell County Economic Development Corporation
Casper Area Economic Development Alliance
Cody Economic Development Corporation
Green River Futures, Inc.
Laramie County Economic Development Corporation
Northeast Wyoming Economic Development Coalition
Sweetwater Economic Development Association