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Report: Wyoming’s Changing Economy Moves Away from Oil and Gas

September 28, 2007

Lander, WY – Wyoming’s business boom isn’t only about oil and gas, according to a new economic report (The Wilderness Society). The report examined state and federal data on people and jobs and it shows oil and gas, as a portion of personal income, has been on the decline for 30 years – while tourism, professional industries, and the service sector have been on the rise. Dr. Michelle Haefele with The Wilderness Society says statistics point to protected wide-open spaces and land as the reason the economy has become so diversified…

"These amenities attract and retain an educated and talented workforce, which in turn attracts business to our region. These amenities also attract retirees who bring income into the region."

Dr. Haefele says there’s an impression that mining, oil and gas are among the biggest players in Wyoming’s economy – but this report shows why that’s not the case. Report critics say state and federal revenue from extractive industries was not properly considered.

Economist Dr. Walter Hecox says the future of job growth in Wyoming strongly points to protected lands, and restoring lands damaged by industry…

"Both offer the opportunity to generate thousands of new jobs based on upon recreation and tourism. Our Superfund sites, forests, and water resources all require labor-intensive attention."

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WY